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US Trade Balance

Written by A Forex View From Afar on Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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Nothing spectacular came from the Trade Balance, it slowly widened, although it did beat analyst expectations. Exports have increased at almost the same pace as imports did, so where is the low dollar helping out the exports side of the story hiding? The housing market has a 20 to 30% influence on the Trade Balance, compared with 7% of the exchange rate.
So, yes we may see a better Trade Balance, but not all from the low Dollar, but from the free-falling housing market.

US Trade Balance

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