Straya to print shortest current account surplus in history?

It’s going to funny watching this unfold. Today’s June trade balance was a massive $8bn surplus as iron ore went nuts. This means a massive $19bn trade surplus for the June quarter.

Given the capital account deficit has been running at about $15bn per quarter, it is likely that Australia just printed its first current surplus since 1971.

The only problem is, as bulk commodities crash, it’s going to last one quarter:

That assumes Australia can stumble through with weak growth next year. If recession transpires then the deficit will be smaller but still very unlikely to be a surplus.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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