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U.S. Export-Import Bank: Banker to Corporate Titans or to Main Street?

Public debate over whether to continue to operate the U.S. Export-Import Bank has less to do with how its run than who it's run for. The companies using its services range from the titans of industry including Boeing, GE, and Caterpillar, to small firms across the United States that literally set up shop on Main Street.

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How the WTO Settles Disputes

WTO members voluntarily agreed to rules to create a more secure and predictable trading environment for their traders. By and large, members comply with these rules so that others will as well. But when one member believes that another is not complying, the WTO has procedures for settling disputes.

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A Deficit of Good Trade Data

In 2016, the United States ran a trade deficit of $500.6 billion. If President Trump wanted to reduce the U.S. deficit with Mexico or China, all he has to do is change the way we count it.

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Small American Cities Depend More on Exports than Big Cities

If you were to take a guess as to which American metropolitan areas export the most, you’d probably be right: New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, and Seattle top the list. But, if ranked by exports as a share of local GDP, it’s America’s smaller cities that top the list – four of the most export dependent are smaller cities in Indiana.

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The Pacific Alliance is Gearing Up to Compete with North America

Peru, Colombia, Chile, and Mexico have locked arms in the global competition to attract investment and take advantage of economic dynamism in Asia. The Pacific Alliance countries see NAFTA as the standard for regional competitiveness but they are prepared to take integration further, recognizing that the region is stronger competing together. For them, it’s not enough to seize existing opportunities, these countries are out to shape the playing field.

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What is a Free Trade Agreement?

Around the world, hundreds of free trade agreements are in force or under negotiation. WTO commitments do not prevent countries from negotiating these separate agreements, but they are considered exceptions and must meet certain criteria. Here’s what you need to know about agreements designed to create free-trade areas.

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Don’t Use the Trade Deficit to Keep Score

Americans like to play to win. When it comes to international trade, however, we shouldn't use the size and trend of the national trade deficit as a way of scoring trade policy. It's like using the size of players' salaries to evaluate whether you had a winning season.

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Japanese Investments are No Kabuki

With $373 billion invested in our economy, it’s no wonder that Japan has an interest in maintaining close economic relations and seeing the U.S. economy succeed. When Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Trump this week, Abe is expected to present his “U.S.-Japan Growth and Employment Initiative,” a gesture that reflects that commitment.

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Imports are Part of America’s Secret Sauce

Sure, it’s good when American companies export goods and services to the world. But imports make many American-made products more competitive as well as enriching our lives as consumers - they are part of the secret sauce of what makes our economy work so well.

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Global Trade’s Golden Rule: Non-Discriminaton

In life we are taught, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In trade, we are taught the golden rule of non-discrimination.

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