International Trade and Finance

First explained by David Ricardo through comparative advantage, international trade and finance expands worldwide efficiency and productivity. Econlife looks at international trade to see its impact through goods and services, trade balances, trade barriers like tariffs and quotas and subsidies.

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    A Budget Question

    Mar 14, 11 • 366 Views • No Comments

    Thought to have saved many lives, a Japanese early warning system sent a media alert seconds before the earthquake struck.  The system took 12 years to implement and cost close to $500 million. A similar warning system for the U.S. west coast is being......  [read more]

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    Japan’s Sovereign Debt

    Mar 13, 11 • 347 Views • No Comments

    Hoping to sell more Japanese government bonds (JGBs), in a rather novel advertising campaign last June, the Japanese finance ministry said that, “Women have a thing for men who own JGBs.” Their message suggests that women prefer men who are......  [read more]

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    More Conspicuous (Coffee) Consumption

    Mar 11, 11 • 465 Views • No Comments

    The same story. But now it is about coffee. Increasingly affluent, the Chinese have begun to drink more coffee (in addition to using more oil, eating more meat and buying more handbags). When talking about China, the International Coffee Organization says......  [read more]

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    Would You Use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

    Mar 10, 11 • 264 Views • No Comments

    I am not sure what a giant salt cave is and cannot quite imagine 727 million barrels of oil. But, put them together and you have our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  Concerned with supply disruptions after an OPEC embargo during the 1970s, Congress......  [read more]

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    An Oil Surprise

    Feb 24, 11 • 392 Views • No Comments

    As the turmoil in the Middle East unfolds, if you want to sound knowledgeable about oil, you could just say $147, contango and floating storage. As you can see on this graph, it was mid-July, 2008, when the price of oil peaked at slightly more than $147 a......  [read more]