Tiene mucho déficit público y déficit externo, y mucha deuda pública:
Six years ago the federal budget deficit peaked at almost $1.5 trillion, a staggering 10.2% of GDP. Last year it was only $475 billion, a modest 2.3% of GDP. That's some pretty significant progress that hardly anyone expected, and it was due mainly to spending restraint and the growth of jobs, incomes, and profits.
Keynesian economists in 2009 would have predicted a massive recession/depression had you asked them to forecast the impact of such a huge reduction in the deficit. At the time (2009), they all predicted that a surge in spending (i.e., the ARRA) would jump-start the economy boost growth for several years, and they disagreed only about the size of stimulus spending, with most arguing for more rather than less. As it turned out, almost $1 trillion of "stimulus" spending gave us the slowest recovery on record. Ditto for the Fed's QE and massive purchases of notes and bonds, which did little if anything to stimulate the economy. All the government and policy intervention was for naught. From a supply-sider's perspective, it's more likely the case that massive government spending and policy intervention contributed to the economy's malaise.
Spending was flat from mid-2009 to late 2014, but since then it has resumed its upward trend, even as the economy slowed last year (which is not surprising from a supply-side point of view). Revenues, in contrast, rose over 60% from their early-2010 low.
Relative to GDP, the picture looks pretty good. Spending currently is around 20.5% of GDP, just over one percentage point above its post-War average, and way down from its 2009 high. Revenues are coming in around 18.2% of GDP, also about one percentage above their post-War average. Unfortunately, they are unlikely to increase much further relative to GDP, since the growth of revenues has already slowed to 4-5% or less. Unless, of course, policies take a turn for the better (e.g., lower marginal tax rates, reduced regulatory burdens).
Last year's deficit was only slightly above its post-War average. If current conditions were to continue, the outlook for federal government finances would be sustainable for at least several years. Unfortunately, without entitlement reform, spending could rise significantly in the years to come. Transfer payments last year totaled over $2.7 trillion, almost 73% of total federal spending and 15% of GDP! Needless to say, transfer payments don't contribute to GDP, since they involve taking money from taxpayers and giving it to people who likely are not working or not paying much in taxes (e.g., retired, disabled, lower income). We need reform in Washington for the outlook to brighten.
Individual income taxes (which include taxes on dividends and realized capital gains) were the main engine behind revenue growth, rising at an annualized rate of 10.2% over the past six years. Despite disappointingly slow economic growth last year, individual income taxes last year increased 9%. Payroll taxes (FICA) didn't grow nearly as fast, however, thanks mainly to the slow recovery in jobs and a payroll tax holiday in 2011 and 2012, but they rose 5.4% last year, despite the modest 1.9% growth in jobs.
PD1: Con una deuda pública imparable…
Two months ago, when we calculated that the US would need a new "debt ceiling" of $19.6 trillion to last until after Obama's tenure, we may have been too optimistic: since the increase in the hard debt limit of $18.15 trillion which was raised at the end of October, the US appears to be growing its debt at a far faster pace than we had originally expected, and according to the latest public debt data, as of the last day of January, total US debt just hit 19,012,827,698,417.93.
This means that if the nominal US GDP as of December 31 which was $18.12 trillion grows at the 1.2% rate expected by the Atlanta Fed, total debt to GDP is now on pace to hit 105% at the next GDP tabulation, and rising fast from there.
It also means that since his inauguration in January 2009, the US debt has now risen by a whopping 78.9%, or $8.4 trillion. It was $10.6 trillion when Obama came into office.
Indicatively, the Congressional Budget Office forecasts that the national debt will hit $22.6 trillion by 2020 and will rise to $29.3 trillion by 2026.
PD2: Y un sector exterior que no ayuda:
This is a guest post by Yuka Kato at . The post covers imports, exports and trade imbalances between the US and the rest of the world.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its data on U.S. trade in goods by selected countries and world region for 2015. We built three maps to provide a proportional visualization of the trade that occurs between the U.S. and other countries. Exports are represented in green, imports are represented in red, and the balance (exports – imports) is represented by red or green depending on whether the U.S. has exported more or less goods than it has imported. For instance, if a country’s imports exceeds its exports, the country will experience a trade deficit, which represents an outflow of domestic currency to foreign markets. Based on the data, the U.S. exported over $1.5 trillion and imported over $2.2 trillion in goods throughout 2015. This leaves leaves the U.S. with a negative balance of $735 billion!
Countries in red are those for which the US runs a trade deficit (more imports from than exports to). Countries in Green are those for which the US runs a trade surplus (more exports to than imports from).
Take a look at the top 5 countries with the largest balances (positive and negative):
Hong Kong: $30.5 billion
Netherlands: $24.0 billion
Belgium: $14.6 billion
Australia: $14.2 billion
Singapore: $10.4 billion
China: $365.7 billion
Germany: $74.2 billion
Japan: $68.6 billion
Mexico: $58.4 billion
Ireland: $30.4 billion
Canada: $280.3 billion
Mexico: $236.4 billion
China: $116.2 billion
Japan: $62.5 billion
United Kingdom: $56.4 billion
Together the top 5 countries make up about 50% of all U.S. exports.
China: $481.9 billion
Canada: $295.2 billion
Mexico: $294.7 billion
Japan: $131.1 billion
Germany: $124.1 billion
Together the top 5 countries make up about 59% of all U.S. imports.
Looking at the data by area shows that South/Central America, OPEC and Africa are the only regions with positive balances, whereas North America, Europe, and Pacific Rim areas show a negative balance. Interestingly, China, which as a negative balance of $365.7 billion represents ~80% of the negative balance attributed to the Pacific Rim countries and ~50% of the overall negative balance! To put this into perspective, the continent of Europe represents only ~23% of the overall negative balance for selected countries.
Top Five U.S. Trading Partners (Imports + Exports)
China $598.1 billion
Canada $575.5 billion
Mexico $531.1 billion
On a total trade basis, China is the top US trading partner. In terms of exports only, the order is Canada, Mexico, China.
PD3: Una industria a la baja, un mercado laboral que crece, pero que está dominado por gente mayor de 55 años, waiters y bartenders (camareros y barmans)…
Lo único que tiene bueno es un sector tecnológico que lidera el mundo, y las grandes corporaciones que son inigualables…
Aunque el mercado se ha parado ya que los beneficios empresariales o dejan de crecer, o descienden:
Alucinas si lo comparas con los beneficios de las grandes empresas europeas…
PD4: Y tiene mucho petróleo, se ha convertido en el mayor productor del mundo junto a Arabia Saudita:
Gracias al frakling (aunque este es rentable a unos precios del crudo más altos)
PD5: Esperamos más subidas de tipos en EEUU. Andan en un ciclo completamente diferente al europeo:
Unos con rentabilidad positiva, y otros con rendimientos negativos… Es aberrante lo distintos que andamos…
Y con una inflación subyacente (core), sin alimentos elaborados y energía superior al 2%...
PD5: La Cuaresma sirve para que se convierta uno mismo. Es lo primero que debo hacer yo, convertirme. Luego, si cuento mis experiencias y a alguno le sirven, pues muy bien. Pero el que se tiene que convertir soy yo.