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The Complete Idiot’s Guide® To: Economic Indicators by Mark R. Rogers

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Chapter 18. International Trade: How Our Dollars Come and Go Overseas

In This Chapter

  • The monthly international trade report

  • End-use categories

  • Import and export price report

  • Treasury international capital report

Over the last several decades, international trade has expanded dramatically. International trade touches everyone’s daily life more and more. That shirt hanging in your closet may have come from Southeast Asia or even Central America. And the dump truck your neighbor helped build may have gotten shipped to the Middle East.

How does international trade affect prices? International trade makes that shirt made in Southeast Asia cheaper for you. And it also makes the dump truck cheaper for the buyer in the Middle East. As you can see, lots of ...

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