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Treasury Budget
Released On 3/13/2013 2:00:00 PM For Feb, 2013
PriorConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Treasury Budget - Level$2.9 B$-205.0 B$-238.0 B to $-203.0 B$-203.5 B

Highlights
Tax receipts are up and spending growth is slowing as the government's deficit is coming down. The Treasury deficit in February looks big, at $203.5 billion, but February, when receipts are low, is typically a high deficit month and the latest total is slightly under the $208 billion average of the last six years.

More telling is the year-to-date reading for the government's fiscal year. Six months into the year the deficit is down a convincing 15 percent -- and when excluding special calendar factors, the deficit is down an even more convincing 19 percent. Income tax receipts, for both individual and corporate taxes, are up 18 percent so far this fiscal year. On the spending side, defense shows a 4 percent decline.

The budget deficit is one of this year's biggest stories, one made bigger by the unfolding impact of sequestration which looks to cut the spending side even further.

Recent History Of This Indicator
The U.S. Treasury monthly budget report showed a very rare surplus in January of $2.9 billion but this was due to special calendar factors excluding which the government showed a deficit of $13 billion in the month. Still this was very low. Looking ahead, the month of February typically shows a deficit for the month. Over the past 10 years, the average deficit for the month of February has been $159.1 billion and $208.9 billion over the past 5 years. The February 2012 deficit came in at $231.7 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
 
 

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