The Balance of Payments in 2019

Monitoring of Russia's Economic Outlook. Moscow. IEP. 2020. No. 2, pp. 8-11

4 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2020

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Alexandra Bozhechkova

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy; Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) - Institute of Applied Economic Research

Alexander Knobel

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy; Russian Presidential Academy and Public Administration (RANEPA) - Institute of Applied Economic Studies

Pavel Trunin

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy

Date Written: March 10, 2020

Abstract

In 2019, Russia’s trade surplus shrank significantly as result of a declining value volume of exports which, in its turn, was pushed down by sliding prices of oil and increasing imports. Meanwhile, net capital outflow that had been observed in 2018 gave way to net capital inflow, to the value of $ f 1.8bn, secured by an increase in the public sector’s foreign liabilities and a slower-than-in-2018 rate of growth displayed by those of the private sector. International reserves by the year end surged above $ 554bn, thus hitting their record high of the entire period after the global financial crisis. Due to the application of the budgetary rule (which made the ruble less dependent on the oil price movement pattern) coupled with the financial account surplus, the ruble’s exchange rate against foreign currencies became stronger.

Keywords: Russian economy. balance of payments

JEL Classification: F19

Suggested Citation

Bozhechkova, Alexandra and Knobel, Alexander and Trunin, Pavel, The Balance of Payments in 2019 (March 10, 2020). Monitoring of Russia's Economic Outlook. Moscow. IEP. 2020. No. 2, pp. 8-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3554961 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3554961

Alexandra Bozhechkova (Contact Author)

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Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) - Institute of Applied Economic Research ( email )

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Alexander Knobel

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy ( email )

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Russian Presidential Academy and Public Administration (RANEPA) - Institute of Applied Economic Studies ( email )

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Pavel Trunin

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy ( email )

Gazetny pereulok, 3-5
Moscow, 125993
Russia

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