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Trade deficit widens in March

by Kimberly Adams May 9, 2019
The overall deficit getting bigger isn't necessarily a bad thing, said Dan Ikenson, director of the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute.
Container ships are docked at the Port of Oakland on March 06, 2019 in California.
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Why Trump didn't shrink the trade deficit in 2018

by Tracey Samuelson Mar 7, 2019
Americans imported a record number of goods last year, according to new data from the Commerce Department released Wednesday. U.S. service exports also hit a record high. The net effect was the largest trade deficit since 2008 — $621 billion, up…
President Donald Trump's administration is said to be considering changes to the way the trade deficit is calculated.
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Here’s how deficit-inducing tax cuts lead to trade deficits

by , and Sep 5, 2018
The U.S. trade deficit in July surged to a five-month high, $50.1 billion, as exports of products like soybeans and civilian aircraft fell, while imports reached record levels. President Donald Trump regularly complains about trade deficits, but his own spending…

The U.S. trade deficit got smaller in April but a wider lens shows a less rosy picture

by Kimberly Adams Jun 6, 2018
Fluctuations in the trade deficit coupled with recent trade tensions cause a rebalancing of trade flow.

The U.S. wants China to buy more American goods to help lower the trade deficit. Does it work that way?

by , and May 18, 2018
There’s been a little bit of confusion these past couple days on how trade talks with China are going. U.S. officials told CNN that China had offered to bump up purchases of American goods by $200 billion. Chinese officials said…
Trade showdown

China's carrot and stick approach to U.S. tariffs

by Jennifer Pak Mar 26, 2018
The U.S. has accused the country of forcing American firms to transfer technology to gain access to its markets.
President Donald Trump has announced tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of Chinese products. Above, a worker stands on a dock in Shanghai.
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What exactly is Trumponomics?

by David Brancaccio and Janet Nguyen May 11, 2017
The Economist thinks it's 'dangerous.'
President Trump told The Economist that an increase in the deficit would essentially be “priming the pump.”
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Trump to sign executive orders targeting trade abuses

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 31, 2017
Trump wants to target the trade deficit, which he argues imperils U.S. workers.
A cargo ship waits to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach.
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What Russian cheese can tell us about the trade deficit

by Jana Kasperkevic Mar 10, 2017
The U.S. buys more from China, Mexico and Russia than it sells. Here's a closer look at those relationships.
Russian customers buy cheese in Saint Petersburg on August 7, 2014. 
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US trade deficit jumps to 5-year high of $48.5 billion

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 7, 2017
American exporters have struggled over the past couple of years because of a rising dollar.
The trade deficit jumped 9.6 percent to $48.5 billion last month, driven by a surge of imported mobile phones, oil and foreign cars.
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