Weekly Economic Commentary

Week of September 3, 2013

Highlights

  •  Our exports to our two closest neighbors, Canada and Mexico (27%), are larger than our exports to the Eurozone, Japan, and China combined (25%).
  • Perhaps market participants (ourselves included) should pay more attention to the economic prospects for Canada and Mexico and a bit less time on China, the Eurozone, and Japan.
  • All else being equal, an unexpected and permanent shift higher in economic growth for trading partners like China, the Eurozone, and Japan, should, over time, boost U.S. exports to those nations, and, in turn, boost U.S. GDP.

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WEEKLY ECONOMIC UPDATE

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CONSUMER PRICES UP 0.2% FOR JANUARY
Major factors in this increase in the Consumer Price Index include a 0.9% rise in the price of clothing as well as rising rents and healthcare costs. Core CPI also rose 0.2% in January. The annualized inflation rate hit 2.3% last month, yet the Federal Reserve expects but a 1.6% gain in the CPI across 2012. Wholesale inflation ticked up 0.1% for January, with the core Producer Price Index up 0.4%.1 Read more