Since the 2016 presidential campaign, journalists at The New York Times and elsewhere have been trying to piece together Donald J. Trump's complex and concealed finances. Now The Times has obtained 10 years of previously unrevealed figures from the president's federal income tax returns. The tax numbers, for the years 1985 through 1994, paint a far bleaker picture of Trump's deal-making abilities and financial condition than the one he has long put forth.

Trump became an unprecedented president — a businessman and reality television star with no government experience — and he broke with decades-old presidential tradition by refusing to


1. Trump was deep in the red even as he peddled deal-making advice


2. In multiple years, he appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual taxpayer

3. He paid no federal income taxes for eight of the 10 years

4. He made millions posing as a corporate raider — until investors realised he never followed through

5. His interest income spiked in 1989 at US$52.9 million, but the source is a mystery.