Underlying cash balance

A cash measure that shows whether the Government has to borrow from financial markets to cover its activities. The underlying cash balance is calculated as net cash receipts from operations (excluding Future Fund earnings), plus financing adjustments (to remove cash flows more appropriately viewed as financing in GFS), plus net cash flows from capital investment (net cash investment in non-financial assets worsens underlying cash balance as such investment is integral to the operation of Government). Related term:fiscal balance.

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