• Strong Dollar, Weak Dollar: Which is Best? Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 1:17 PM ET

    The dollar, which is hitting new lows against the Euro and other currencies today, is sparking considerable debate. Gold and oil are hitting new highs, partly on the dollar's weakness. The weak dollar has been a big help to U.S. exports and definitely helped corporate earnings of U.S. multinationals. That is the standard line, and it's true.

  • BOJ Keeps Rates on Hold, Seen Trimming Forecasts Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 1:30 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan left its policy rate unchanged at 0.5 percent on Wednesday, as widely expected, reflecting caution among central bankers over market uncertainty and the economic fallout from U.S. subprime woes.

  • Japan's September Jobless Rate, Spending Rises Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 10:31 PM ET

    Unemployment in Japan rose to 4.0 percent last month, reinforcing expectations the Bank of Japan will delay its next rate rise, but household spending jumped.

  • Hot Weather Lifts Japan's September Retail Sales 0.5% Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | 11:50 PM ET

    Japanese retail sales rose unexpectedly in September from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, suggesting consumer spending may be picking up in accordance with moderate improvement in workers' income conditions.

  • BOJ Is Seen Cutting Growth Forecast, Keeping Scenario Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | 11:37 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan is seen cutting its growth and inflation forecasts and stressing more the downside risks, as markets push back still further into next year expectations of when the central bank will next increase rates.

  • Japanese core consumer prices fell from a year earlier in September, as expected, marking the eighth straight month of decline and doing little to change expectations that the Bank of Japan's monetary policy will be on hold for now.

  • GOP "Happy Hour" Is Democrats' Opportunity? Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | 2:39 PM ET

    In their interview this morning with my colleague Dylan Ratigan, President Bush's economic advisers emphasized all that was going right with the American economy: low inflation, a strong job market, continued growth and booming exports, whether those exports are driven by a weaker dollar or not.

  • Japan's September Trade Surplus Hits Record High Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 9:45 PM ET

    Japanese exports to the United States fell in September from a year earlier at the fastest pace in four years but overall exports rose, pushing the trade surplus up to a record high.

  • Global Trade: BofA's Quinlan Lists Benefits For U.S. Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 3:38 PM ET

    While the markets are concerned today about the poor quality of financial earnings, Bank of America’s Joe Quinlan tackles a different—but equally important—subject: the rising tide of protectionism in the U.S., which is threatening the profits of now-global U.S. corporations. Quinlan notes that U.S. firms are enjoying a global boom in trade, earnings, capital inflows.

  • NZ Manufacturers Oppose China FTA Sunday, 14 Oct 2007 | 11:22 PM ET

    Trade between New Zealand and China is expected to receive a boost next year as both countries are likely to seal the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by April 2008 at the latest.

  • Consumers Bail Out Stocks Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 9:58 AM ET

    Surprisingly positive retail sales data changed the course of stocks this morning as Wall Street once more put its faith in the resilience of the U.S. consumer. Stocks opened higher after futures pointed lower much of the morning.

  • Look Who's Worried About the Dollar Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 1:07 PM ET

    Citizen Bill Clinton just came back from Europe and he says, "It was expensive over there."I asked the former president if he were he still in the White House, would he be concerned about the weakening dollar, and he said he certainly would. "At this level, it's alright, but if it keeps falling it could become precarious," he said.

  • Trading Shots On Trade Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 9:44 AM ET

    Trade policy emerged as the hot-button issue among the nine Republican presidential hopefuls squaring off on Tuesday, but taxes, economic growth and the health of the American middle class also got their fair share of attention in the debate.

  • Anti-Trade Feeling: What It Means For Politicians Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 4:56 PM ET

    So, what does this rising anti-trade sentiment mean for Republican politicians--and Democratic ones, for that matter? It's tricky because, rhetoric aside, most economists and elected officials in both parties in fact DO believe free trade offers the best path to economic growth in a global economy.

  • GOP Trade Sentiment: What's Up With It Being Down? Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 4:01 PM ET
    Pat Buchanan

    So why has this decline in GOP free trade sentiment occurred? Think back to 1992, with Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot both ran for president as populists from the right. Since then, "there’s been a steady erosion in Republican support for free trade," says former Rep. Vin Weber, now an adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

  • Republican Shocker: Free Trade's Not So Good After All Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 9:32 AM ET

    I've seen a lot of opinion polling, but my jaw dropped when I saw this result from our special NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll of Republicans in advance of next week's presidential candidate debate sponsored by CNBC, MSNBC and the WSJ.

  • Rally Shows Affects of Real Global Economy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 9:00 AM ET

    Good morning. Here's what I see for today: 1) We have been talking about the "decoupling" of the U.S. economy from the global economy--not that the U.S. isn't important to global growth (of course it is); but that the world is not as dependent on the U.S. consumer as it had been in the past.

  • Trade Politics: What Will Turn Into Trade Policy? Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 4:31 PM ET

    When Erin Burnett's show "Street Signs" called me to talk trade this afternoon, the question was "Is Trade Dead?" I thought, for this Congress, it was--until I did a little reporting.  As it happens, Republican and Democratic leadership sources both expect SOME progress on trade before the 2008 elections.

  • Dollar Dips, Oil Boils, Metals Shine Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 4:56 PM ET
  • Yuan Rise to Spur Domestic China Growth Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 12:55 AM ET

    A more flexible yuan would not hold back China's growth or cause deflation but would help Beijing rebalance its economy towards domestic consumption, a top U.S. Treasury official said on Thursday.