The US Daily Cash Surplus for Friday 7/11/2014 was $1.1B bringing the July 2014 deficit to $74B through 11 days.
Revenues slipped a bit…probably due to timing of corporate income taxes and excise taxes….so we should get that back over the next few days. Outlays were also down, roughly offsetting the revenue declines and leaving the July 2013 vs 2014 deficit unchanged at -$2B. Recall…my July forecast was for a $60B deficit…compared to 2013 at $90B….so we have a lot of ground to make up if we are going to hit $-30B. There are 14 business days remaining…so we need to average $2B a day to get there.
The US Daily Cash Deficit for Thursday was $4.8B bringing the July deficit through 10 days to $75B.
Revenue continues to make small gains vs 2013 and is now at $-7B…but cost increases more or less match them leaving the deficit at -$2B.
The Us Daily Cash Deficit for Wednesday 7/9/2014 was $10.5B, following Tuesday’s $6.5B deficit, bringing the July 2014 Deficit through 9 days to $70B.
Revenues have gained a bit since the last report and now stand at $-8B vs 2013. Outlays have also gained a bit, leaving the deficit at $70B. We’ll get some corporate taxes in next week…probably $5-10B, but other than that no big revenue events on the July calendar….To hit that magic +5%, all we need is to get to +$11B for the month, which is certainly achievable given that 2014 as presented in the analysis above has an extra business day remaining over 2013. Back of the envelope…$1B per day ought to get us there…stay tuned.
The June 2014 numbers are in and show an 11k drop in SS rolls….from 58.586M at the end of May to 58.575M at the end of June. This represents the first drop in nearly 4 years, but it isn’t a huge surprise. The truth is, June and July are seasonally weak months. I don’t exactly know why, but most of the change seems to be the categories related to minors…maybe graduating seniors get dumped off the rolls each summer?? Reductions in minors offset a 75k increase in retired workers pulling the overall population down. Last June and July came in at +13k and +3k respectively, so while a reduction in the rolls is certainly a good thing….it represents a 24k reduction in the annual rate of gain….that rate still stands at 1.106M.
Perhaps the chart can add a little perspective. It’s certainly not bad news though. The 4 month plateau we were discussing last month looks like it is giving way to a continued reduction in the annual rate. There is a good chance we will see further reductions next month, followed by an uptick leading into the fall.
All in all…I don’t see any dire warnings in this data indicating a 2008/2009 spike is on the way….so Party On!!….for now.
The US Daily Cash Surplus for Monday 7/7/2014 was $9.4B driven by strong revenues…typical following a long holiday weekend. This brings the July 2014 deficit through 7 days to $53B.
Unlike last month, 2013 and 2014 don’t quite line up, so starting with the above chart I am syncing up on day of the week as has become standard practice. So we are comparing July 2014 through Monday 7/7 to July 2013 through Monday 7/8. As it stands, this gives July 2013 one additional business day…which is the primary reason revenues appear down ~$10B and outlays are down ~$13B. Not to worry….2014 gets the day back at the end of the month.
For now…keep your eye on the revenue hole…~$-10B and the pace we dig out of it(or don’t). Ideally, we would be at +$10B or so by the 30th….and whatever we pick up on 7/31 would just be gravy. That said, while I haven’t done any detailed daily analysis, it seems like we typically see our gains in the second half of the month…so if we are still sitting at ~-$10B mid month…we won’t have to panic…yet.