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Thanks, Jerome.

Unfortunately, I think I must still be missing something.

On the map on that page, France appears red ("countries in current account deficit, 2005"), while Germany is in blue ("countries in current account surplus").

And on the List of countries and territories by current account balance list referenced at the bottom of that page, the estimate for Germany's 2005 current account balance is $115,500 million, while France's is -$38,780 million.

A negative current account balance means a negative change in official reserve account, doesn't it?  Otherwise, maybe the Wikipedia estimates are totally off?

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by marco on Tue Jan 23rd, 2007 at 05:18:45 AM EST
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No, the change in reserves comes from the addition of the current account balance (the one you've been looking at) and the capital account (or financial account) balance, i.e. the balance of investments, whether as sales/purchases of shares, bonds or investments in factories/material assets.

Germany has a large negative capital account balance because they invest a lot more outside of Germany than foreigners invest in Germany. France is the other way round, most years.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 23rd, 2007 at 06:07:27 AM EST
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Thanks.  I think I am starting to understand.  But I also see I have a hell of a lot to learn.

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by marco on Wed Jan 24th, 2007 at 04:21:05 AM EST
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