The Threat of U.S. Dollar Overvaluation: How to Calculate True Exchange Rate Misalignment & How to Fix It

This memo explains (1) the dollar overvaluation problem, (2) how to accurately calculate the dollar’s misalignment against trading partner currencies, and (3) how the Market Access Charge (MAC) that CPA and others favor would fix this serious threat to America’s future. by Michael Stumo (CEO)Jeff Ferry (Research Director)and John R. Hansen (Advisory Board) The foreign exchange…

Steel: Famous Economists Get It Wrong

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director When a large number of famous economists from all sides of the political spectrum agree on something, the odds are that it is wrong. A new letter on the subject of steel tariffs is a good example of that rule.  In a public letter dated Wednesday July 12th, economists…

ITC Report: U.S. has Lost Aluminum Production and Jobs Because of China

Subsidized Chinese aluminum production has soared in recent years. The Trump administration has its eyes firmly on the prize when it comes to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Section 232 investigation into the national security implications of America’s steel import levels. [MATTHEW MCMULLAN| July 11, 2017 |Alliance for American Manufacturing] Yeah man. Their eyes are trained squarely on the…

U.S., Canadian autoworker unions issue joint NAFTA priorities

Unifor and United Autoworkers, representing Canadian and U.S. autoworkers, have laid out four priorities the unions say must be addressed in the renegotiation of NAFTA: strengthening labor standards and boosting wages; balanced trade; “real ‘made in North America’ rules”; and benefits for workers being fairly shared in all three NAFTA countries. [Jack Caporal| July 11, 2017…

Former White House economist failures now against 232 remedies

By Michael Stumo Former White House CEA and NEC chairs again reveal why our economy declined and stagnated under their collective watches.  They worry about speculative diplomatic repercussions from dealing with overcapacity and national security issues as the US considers neutralizing the problem.  Not a word from these Very Smart People about other countries who should, perhaps,…

Following the G20: Trade as a (re)work in progress

Call it international trade’s (re)work in progress, following the G20 meeting, which produced: [Daily News| July 11, 2017 |Inside US Trade] A united front on overcapacity issues, with an emphasis on steel – and some target deadlines for OECD recommendations on “concrete policy solutions that reduce steel excess capacity.” A flurry of comments from President Trump,…

Media Coverage: Support for Amending US-Korea Trade Deal Interest Group Claims US Performed Better Without It

Originally appears on Global Trade Magazine The Trump administration has made public its intent to seek amendments to the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement. The administration has said that USTR will request a special session under Article 22.2 of the agreement, which will start a 30-day clock requiring both countries’ officials to meet and discuss amendments. In…