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Value of U.S. Assets Decreased More Than U.S. Liabilities in Fourth Quarter 2015

The U.S. net international investment position was -$7,356.8 billion (preliminary) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015 as the value of U.S. liabilities exceeded the value of U.S. assets. At the end of the third quarter, the net position was -$7,311.6 billion (revised).

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  • The U.S. net investment position decreased 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter, compared with a decrease of 8.4 percent in the third quarter and an average quarterly decrease of 6.3 percent from the first quarter of 2011 through the second quarter of 2015.
  • U.S. assets decreased $118.5 billion and U.S. liabilities decreased $73.3 billion, reflecting decreases in the value of financial derivatives, mostly in single-currency interest rate contracts.
  • U.S. assets excluding financial derivatives increased $205.1 billion, reflecting increases in foreign equity prices that increased the value of U.S. direct investment and portfolio investment assets.
  • U.S. liabilities excluding financial derivatives increased $250.7 billion, reflecting increases in U.S. equity prices that increased the value of U.S. direct investment and portfolio investment liabilities.

For more information, read the full report.

November 2015 Trade Gap is $42.4 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in November 2015 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $44.6 billion in October (revised) to $42.4 billion in November, as exports decreased less than imports. The previously published October deficit was $43.9 billion. The goods deficit decreased $2.3 billion from October to $61.3 billion in November. The services surplus decreased $0.1 billion from October to $18.9 billion in November.

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Exports
Exports of goods and services decreased $1.6 billion, or 0.9 percent, in November to $182.2 billion. Exports of goods decreased $1.4 billion and exports of services decreased $0.1 billion.

  • The decrease in exports of goods mainly reflected decreases in other goods ($0.7 billion), in industrial supplies and materials ($0.7 billion), and in consumer goods ($0.6 billion).
  • The decrease in exports of services mainly reflected decreases in transport ($0.1 billion), which includes freight and port services and passenger fares, and in government goods and services ($0.1 billion).

Imports
Imports of goods and services decreased $3.8 billion, or 1.7 percent, in November to $224.6 billion. Imports of goods decreased $3.7 billion and imports of services decreased $0.1 billion.

  • The decrease in imports of goods mainly reflected decreases in consumer goods ($3.0 billion) and in capital goods ($0.6 billion).
  • The decrease in imports of services mainly reflected a decrease in travel (for all purposes including education) ($0.1 billion).

Goods by geographic area (seasonally adjusted, Census basis)

  • The deficit with Mexico decreased from $6.3 billion in October to $5.4 billion in November. Exports decreased $0.9 billion to $18.8 billion and imports decreased $1.8 billion to $24.2 billion.
  • The surplus with members of OPEC increased from $0.4 billion in October to $1.1 billion in November. Exports increased $1.3 billion to $6.5 billion and imports increased $0.6 billion to $5.4 billion.
  • The deficit with Canada increased from $0.4 billion in October to $0.9 billion in November. Exports decreased $0.1 billion to $22.7 billion and imports increased $0.4 billion to $23.5 billion.

For more information, read the full report.

August 2015 Trade Gap is $48.3 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit increased in August 2015 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit increased from $41.8 billion in July (revised) to $48.3 billion in August, as exports decreased and imports increased. The previously published July deficit was $41.9 billion. The goods deficit increased $6.6 billion from July to $67.9 billion in August. The services surplus increased $0.1 billion from July to $19.6 billion in August.

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Exports
Exports of goods and services decreased $3.7 billion, or 2.0 percent, in August to $185.1 billion. Exports of goods decreased $4.1 billion and exports of services increased $0.4 billion.

  • The decrease in exports of goods mainly reflected a decrease in industrial supplies and materials ($2.2 billion).
  • The increase in exports of services mainly reflected increases in financial services ($0.1 billion) and in travel (for all purposes including education) ($0.1 billion).

Imports
Imports of goods and services increased $2.8 billion, or 1.2 percent, in August to $233.4 billion. Imports of goods increased $2.5 billion and imports of services increased $0.3 billion.

  • The increase in imports of goods mainly reflected an increase in consumer goods ($4.0 billion).
  • The increase in imports of services mainly reflected increases in travel (for all purposes including education) ($0.2 billion) and in transport ($0.1 billion), which includes freight and port services and passenger fares.

Goods by geographic area (seasonally adjusted, Census basis)

  • The deficit with China increased from $28.8 billion in July to $32.9 billion in August. Exports decreased $0.6 billion to $9.8 billion and imports increased $3.6 billion to $42.8 billion.
  • The deficit with the European Union increased from $12.4 billion in July to $14.5 billion in August. Exports decreased $0.7 billion to $21.7 billion and imports increased $1.4 billion to $36.2 billion.
  • The deficit with Saudi Arabia decreased from $0.5 billion in July to less than $0.1 billion in August. Exports increased less than $0.1 billion to $1.8 billion and imports decreased $0.4 billion to $1.8 billion.

For more information, read the full report.


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