2012 Economic Calendar
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Treasury Budget
Released On 4/11/2012 2:00:00 PM For Mar, 2012
PriorConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Treasury Budget - Level$-231.7 B$-188.7 B$-212.0 B to $-180.0 B$-198.2 B

Highlights
The nation's budget gap came in about as expected in March, at $198.2 billion. Halfway through the government's fiscal year, the budget gap continues to show improvement, at a fiscal year-to-date $779.0 billion vs a gap of $829.4 billion at this time last year. Details show an especially strong increase this fiscal year in corporate tax receipts vs a razor thin increase for the much larger category of individual tax receipts. Outlays show a 2.0 percent decrease in defense spending so far this fiscal year as well as spending declines in categories that include education, the environment, and health.

Market Consensus before announcement
The U.S. Treasury monthly budget report showed a February deficit of $231.7 billion. But the Treasury's budget deficit which, four months into the government' fiscal year, is running 9.4 percent below last year. Calendar shifts are playing a role in the improvement, excluding which the fiscal year-to-date deficit is running 3.3 percent below last year. The receipt side of the ledger shows mostly gains led by corporate income taxes. The outlay side shows mostly declines with the exception of net interest payments. Looking ahead, the month of March typically shows a deficit for the month. Over the past 10 years, the average deficit for the month of March has been $80.5 billion and $97.3 billion over the past 5 years. The March 2011 deficit came in at $188.2 billion.

Definition
The U.S. Treasury releases a monthly account of the surplus or deficit of the federal government. Changes in the budget balance of the annual fiscal year (which begins in October) are followed as an indicator of budgetary trends and the thrust of fiscal policy.  Why Investors Care
 
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The federal budget balance is not seasonally adjusted. Consequently, it is useful to compare the current month's budget deficit or surplus to the same month for a couple of years. Some months are known to have large surpluses because quarterly estimated tax payments are received by the government.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
 

 

2012 Release Schedule
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