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June 25, 2009

United States
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The early 1990s witnessed trade tensions between the United States and Japan, even though the U.S. current account deficit stood at about 1% of GDP and Japan is a democracy.  As our chart shows, th…

May 21, 2018

Global Imbalances Tracker

The CFR Global Imbalances Tracker can be used to gauge, through time, the vulnerability of individual countries and the global economy to the buildup of imbalances in the current account.

March 30, 2009

Motion Chart: Global Imbalances

Track the rise of global trade imbalances among the world’s major economies.

November 23, 2009

2009.11.23.GlobalImb How "Global" Are Global Imbalances?

Global imbalances, as reflected in the current account deficits and surpluses of the world’s major regions, fell with the collapse of trade and oil prices in 2008, but should rise again as both rec…

June 26, 2018

Monetary Policy
Global Monetary Policy Divergence and the Reemergence of Global Imbalances

To minimize the risk of greater global imbalances, U.S. policymakers should rethink U.S. fiscal policy and focus on the transatlantic imbalances, not the bilateral trade deficit with China.

November 16, 2017

American Asian Security Allies, Alas, Contribute More to Global Trade Imbalances Than China American Asian Security Allies, Alas, Contribute More to Global Trade Imbalances Than China

One possible U.S. international economic policy towards Asia, broadly speaking, would be to seek to align with Asia’s other economies to put more pressure on China. Xi’s rhetorical commitment to g…

March 24, 2009

Financial Markets
Global Imbalances and the Financial Crisis

Watch Steven Dunaway, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Economics, lay out the argument of his recent Council Special Report and explain why in order for policymakers to tackle today's glob…

March 4, 2009

Economic Crises
Global Imbalances and the Financial Crisis

Overview As the economic crisis has spread from financial markets to real economies in countries around the world, governments have understandably focused on short-term measures to contain the dam…

January 22, 2008

Monetary Policy
Are imbalances correcting?

European policy makers think so particularly those imbalances that in their view originate on this side of the pond. The current account deficit - setting aside the bulge from $90 rather than $60 …

September 6, 2016

CA Europe and Asia Imbalances Are Back, In Asia and Globally

The Economist, inspired in part by a recent paper by Caballero, Farhi and Gourinchas, highlighted two key points in its free exchange column criticizing Germany’s surplus: a) Global imbalances have …