I am not able to find the size of the capital account within the balance of payments for the US. Only "net" numbers, does anyone know the size of both sides of this account? They both seam to be approx 1 trillion on the current account.

  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by both sides of this account, capital account does not have two sides, you want the components? $\endgroup$
    – 1muflon1
    May 6, 2020 at 10:04
  • $\begingroup$ @1muflon1 there is inflow and out flows right? I can only find the difference between the two. Just as imports and exports in the current account $\endgroup$
    – user123124
    May 6, 2020 at 10:07
  • $\begingroup$ capital account tracks the ownership of domestic foreign assets - it’s not really accurate to describe these as flows. Changes in this account result from non-market activities or more often changes in a disposal of nonproduced, nonfinancial or intangible assets and similar stuff like debt forgiveness. That’s why I asked for clarification because you can definitely find data on for example how much intellectual property US firms got from abroad, or how much debt was forgiven in a given year and so on but that does not seem to fit the question as you posed it $\endgroup$
    – 1muflon1
    May 6, 2020 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ @1muflon1 investopedia.com/ask/answers/031615/… $\endgroup$
    – user123124
    May 6, 2020 at 11:01
  • $\begingroup$ the link you shared gives 404 error - also investopedia is not really good source as it is not very accurate when it comes to macroeconomics or international economics- the description I mentioned in the comment comes from the textbook by Krugman et al. International trade: theory and policy $\endgroup$
    – 1muflon1
    May 6, 2020 at 11:04


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