CPA Conference Day 1: “It’s The Dollar, Stupid.”

We all remember the famous line by Bill Clinton’s campaign advisor James Carville: “It’s the economy, stupid,” he said about what mattered most to voters. The economy still matters, of course, but one of the major fundamentals of the economy is the dollar and it’s non-competitive with the rest of the world. It’s too strong.…

Do Savings Rates Cause Trade Deficits?

By Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA, and Jeff Ferry, Research Director Some influential economists misleadingly assert that US trade deficits are caused by American households failing to save enough and also by federal budget deficits. Taking action against strategic foreign economic policies, their story continues, would be futile. This paper comprehensively disproves the savings rate…