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UPDATE: Can US De-Couple From Europe?

Market jitters here in the US partly stem from a belief that Western economies are so closely linked, we can’t possibly thrive if Europe is struggling.

As you may remember, last week we spoke with a number of market mavens – and all around smart people – who pretty much said what David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff told us. “The whole notion in an inter-connected world that we can decouple is an oxymoron of oxymorons.”

However, CNBC’s senior economic reporter Steve Liesman is a smart guy too and thinks we can de-couple. At least a little.

"They couldn't de-couple from us on the way down but we can de-couple from them on the way back up," Liesman says. "European exports as a percentage of total US exports are just 23% and that's a number that's been declining."

"If we can contain the contagion then the ultimately economic effects that may come from a downdraft in Europe should be manageable in the United States," Liesman concludes.

What do you think? We want to know!





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