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The Return of Investment Policy -- The U.S. Is Back in the Game

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

Recent public announcements and draft agreements are meaningless if the U.S. government will not push forward and negotiate tailored economic arrangements with its economic partners.

A Competitive Dollar: The Missing Link in President Obama's Manufacturing Agenda

Dean Baker | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Obama announced a renewed commitment to manufacturing in the United States. While the commitment to rebuilding the country's manufacturing base is welcome, he unfortunately left the most important item on the list off the agenda. President Obama failed to commit himself to restoring the competitiveness of dollar as part of his agenda for bringing back manufacturing jobs. The value of the dollar really has to be front and central in any effort to restore U.S. competitiveness since it is by far the most important factor determining the relative cost of U.S. goods compared with goods produced elsewhere.

U.S. Exports Reach All-Time High

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — A record level of exports and a drop in oil prices narrowed the U.S. trade deficit in July to its lowest point in three months. The...

Yes, American Manufacturing Really Is in Trouble

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Critics ask how American manufacturing can possibly be in decline when US manufacturing output is at an all-time high. This sounds like a reasonable objection, but it's not.

How Chinese Inflation Could Impact The U.S.

The New York Times | Keith Bradsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BEIJING -- When garment buyers from New York show up next month at China's annual trade shows to bargain over next autumn's fashions, many will face s...

Simon Johnson: Obama, U.S. Economy Need A Weaker Dollar | Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

What this conventional wisdom misses is that we experienced a severe credit crisis of the kind more typically seen in recent decades in middle-income ...

Chinese Santa

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


U.S. Trade Deficit Widens To Highest Level In 18 Months

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The U.S. posted solid gains in exports in May, a positive sign for the economy. And while imports grew even faster, some economists...

China's Cheap Labor Era Is Ending -- And These Products Are About To Get More Expensive

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The end of the cheap, "Made-in China" era is near -- and it's going to affect your bottom line. Soaring labor costs fueled by worker shortages and s...

America's Wretched Current Account Balance Points to U.S. Dollar Collapse

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sheldon Filger

A chorus of financial cheerleaders point to a bottoming out of the recession, but the latest figures from the U.S. Commerce Department reveal contrary indicators. There are more black clouds ahead.

Trade Deficit Falls Unexpectedly

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit has gone on a diet, helped by strong exports of farm products and manufactured goods and by Americans spendi...