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Prices of most imported products would increase

In my opinion, many exporters would view this as a reduction in cost, one that would let them cut the prices of their products in international markets. Commodity-type products would particularly encourage this kind of behavior. If aluminum, for example, was selling for 66 cents per pound domestically and ICs …

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Foreign ownership of our assets will grow

Since then, however, it’s been all downhill, with the pace of decline rapidly accelerating in the past five years. Our annual trade deficit now exceeds 4% of GDP. Equally ominous, the rest of the world owns a staggering $2.5 trillion more of the U.S. than we own of other countries. …

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We realized net investment income

Over time Thriftville accumulates an enormous amount of these bonds, which at their core represent claim checks on the future output of Squanderville. A few pundits in Squanderville smell trouble coming. They foresee that for the Squanders both to eat and to pay off-or simply service – the debt they’re piling up …

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America’s Growing Trade Deficit

I’m about to deliver a warning regarding the U.S. trade deficit and also suggest a remedy for the problem. But first I need to mention two reasons you might want to be skeptical about what I say. To begin, my forecasting record with respect to macroeconomics is far from inspiring. …

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Why Foreigners Can’t Ditch Their Dollars

How often have you seen a comment like this in articles about the U.S. dollar? “Analysts say that what really worries them is that foreigners will start moving out of the dollar.” Next time you see something like that, dismiss it. The fact is that foreigners – as a whole – cannot ditch their …

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What Berkshire’s Been Buying

I began way back in 1987 to publicly worry about our mounting trade deficits – and, as you know, we’ve not only survived but also thrived. So, on the trade front, score at least one “wolf” for me. Nevertheless, I am crying wolf again and this time backing it with Berkshire …

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Successful stock strategies

What worked best on Wall Street For the last two years we have presented and discussed monthly stock screens on the Web site. The screens have covered a full spectrum of investment approaches ranging from small-cap growth to large-cap value. We have tracked the results of these screens to help determine the characteristics …

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