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March 28, 2016 What Americans Really Think about Free Trade

Source: Magic Valley

For decades, the benefits of free trade have been something that both political parties have agreed on. Eliminating tariffs, proponents said, would reduce the cost of goods for U.S. consumers and put more people to work in...

March 2, 2016 Are investors starting to not care about China? - text/video

Source: CNBC

The news out of China, bad or good, just doesn't seem to have as much bite anymore. Sure, downbeat Chinese economic data on the first day of trading in 2016 ignited a global market sell-off. But as the year has worn on, the...

March 1, 2016 Why China’s Economy

Source: Bloomberg

China’s economy grew an average 10 percent for 30 years, lifting 500 million people out of poverty. With those heady rates now in the past, its leaders are ditching the old investment and export growth model in favor of markets,...

February 12, 2016 Is the WTO's 20th Anniversary Worth Celebrating'

News Max - The World Trade Organization was formed Jan. 1, 1995, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Treaty (GATT) which was created in 1947. The WTO is the only global international organization dealing with the...

February 9, 2016 Why All Americans Should Support the Trans-Pacific Partnership


Quick question: could you manufacture all by yourself the computer on which you’re reading this opinion piece? Could you source and create the thousands of inputs that go into what on its face is fairly simple? If so, you’re in...

February 4, 2016 Excellent: Goldman Sachs Says Brexit Could Cause 20% Sterling Slump

Source: Forbes

Brexit is the idea that Britain will vote to leave the European Union when and if the referendum vote happens. I am not impartial on this matter: I think we should never have joined, the EU itself should not exist and that we and...

February 4, 2016 The TPP, World's Largest Trade Pact, Finally Gets Signed

Source: Forbes

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has just been signed over in New Zealand and so we can welcome the world’s largest trade deal. Except, if we’re honest about these things, it’s not such a big deal really. Because the global level of...

January 28, 2016 Free Trade With China Wasn't Such a Great Idea for the U.S.

Source: Bloomberg - Autor, et al. show powerful evidence that industries and regions that have been more exposed to Chinese import competition since 2000 -- the year China joined the World Trade Organization -- have been hit hard...

January 19, 2016 Drawing The Wrong Conclusions From China's Slowing GDP Growth

Source: Forbes

China starting in the 1980s has turned one of the world’s poorest countries into the globe’s No. 2 economy and one of its richest. Armed with plenty of cash and an enormous home market, it seems like a good bet to me that the...

January 8, 2016 Is China sparking a global currency war?

Source: CNN

When China moves to lower the value of the yuan, others in the developing world follow suit. China's currency moves also come at a critical time for the yuan: it was recently placed into the IMF's group of elite global...

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