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Balance of payments - Animated video podcast (YouTube)

Released: 22 December 2011 Download PDF


 The animated video with commentary shows:

  • What is included within Balance of Payments before focusing on the current account

  • It then shows the credits and debits within the current account from 1955 onwards before showing the surplus or deficits in each year

  • Finally it shows the different contributions to the current deficit in 2010

Source: Office for National Statistics

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