Friday, December 10, 2010

Does the U.S. Want or Not a Weak Dollar: Triggers Surge in Exports

Although Bernanke and Geithner repeatedly point out that the U.S. does not want a weaker dollar and are not orinting money, the reality is that that weak U.S. dollar does wonders for the U.S. exports.

Bloomberg reports that the trade deficit in the U.S. narrowed 13% to $38.7 billion, and exports were the strongest since August 2008, with Mexico and... China (!) buying record amounts of U.S. products.
"The trade gap was projected to be little-changed at $43.8 billion from an initially reported $44 billion in September, according to the median forecast of economists surveyed. Estimates ranged from deficits of $39.5 billion to $46.6 billion. The Commerce Department revised the September shortfall up to $44.6 billion.

After eliminating the influence of prices, which are the numbers used to calculate gross domestic product, the trade deficit fell to $45.2 billion, the lowest since April, from $50.3 billion. The figure was smaller than the third-quarter average, indicating trade will contribute to growth this quarter.

Exports increased 3.2 percent to $158.7 billion, boosted by sales of foods, automobiles, engines and industrial supplies like fuel oil and natural gas".

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