Everything you always wanted to know about the current account…

Read here, from the Cleveland Fed, the charts and graphs are useful as well.  It is the single best source I have seen on this issue.

The bottom line: (with which I agree)

I explain why growing current account deficits and expanding inflows of foreign savings are not indefinitely sustainable, and why big deficits imply big corrections. Throughout the trip, however, I emphasize that we simply have no basis for determining when, how fast, or how  jarring any adjustment might be. Those who claim a definitive word on that topic may just be spinning their wheels.

Thanks to the very useful Macroblog for the pointer.  And on a related note, Brad DeLong and Brad Setser discuss the difference between the trade deficit and the current account.

Addendum: Here is Brad Setser on why the dollar is not in free fall.


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