Why the US current account still matters

Recent months have seen growing market interest in the monthly TICS capital flows data published by the US Treasury. The weakness of capital inflows in September saw the US dollar dip immediately, and markets reacted favourably -- at least briefly -- to the rebound in capital flows in the following months.

The graph below shows the US current account position and the two relatively long-term flows that finance it. We refer to the gap between the current account deficit and the sum of net

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