January Trade Figures Don't Look Good

The biggest drag on fourth-quarter GDP was net exports. That component fell $77 billion, the largest nominal decline ever. If you were hoping that it was a one-time aberration, then your hopes got a little dashed this morning as we just got January's trade figures and they were the worst in five years. You have to go all the way back to March 2012 to see a figure as bad as the $48.5 billion trade deficit the U.S. posted in January. 

Of course, net exports are only one component of GDP. There's still personal consumption expenditures, gross private domestic investment and government consumption expenditures and investment. ...469 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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