The CPA is Washington’s leading organization fighting for a new trade policy to deliver balanced trade, restored health for American industries, broadly-shared economic growth, and more jobs for American workers. Learn about the key trade issues impacting the US economy that must be solved. Research by CPA staff takes a deeper look at these issues and which policy changes can lead to dramatic improvement.
February 13, 2018
By John R. Hansen, Advisory Board, Coalition for a Prosperous America Yogi Berra once said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” That’s undoubtedly true in the complicated world of global trade. But a look at America’s trade flows—and growing trade deficit— clearly indicates that a “strong dollar” has been a...
February 06, 2018
by Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA The big news this week is that the annual US trade deficit increased in 2017 by 12% over 2016. Here are five reasons you should care.
February 06, 2018
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The US trade deficit last year surged 12.1%, rising at three times the rate of nominal GDP growth, hampering US economic performance, employment levels, and incomes.
February 05, 2018
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director It may have been obscured by the looming State of the Union address, but there was quite a kerfuffle in Washington recently.
January 30, 2018
For too long, America has been led by a naive embrace of free trade that overlooks the predatory behavior of our trade competitors. Widespread trade cheating and poorly designed trade deals have led to persistent U.S. trade deficits causing job losses, manufacturing decline and income stagnation. [Michael Stumo | January...
January 30, 2018
"Reprinted from Tax Notes, November 27, 2017” By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The U.S. corporate income tax system is failing to deliver for the government and taxpayers. Receipts are falling steadily as a share of corporate profits as corporations exploit loopholes to shift profit out of the reach...
January 29, 2018
Tinkering with Interest Rates Will Not Make America’s Economy Great Again! By John R. Hansen, CPA Advisory Board In his New York Times article on January 9 (As Economy Strengthens, Fed Ponders New Approach), Mr. Appelbaum notes the rising dissatisfaction both outside and inside the Federal Reserve with America’s current monetary...
January 22, 2018
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Later this month, President Trump faces one of the biggest trade decisions of his presidency.
January 15, 2018
Editor's Note: While the CPA Research section of our website is generally reserved for CPA’s original research and analysis, we are cross posting this outside article due to its importance to understanding the dynamics of trade and capital flows. The furor over recent comments by Chinese officials that they may...
January 10, 2018
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director An independent public opinion poll published late last year shows growing public awareness of US job loss due to imports, as well as growing public support of the view that NAFTA has been bad for the US.
January 05, 2018
By Jason Cooper, CPA Research Assistant The US trade deficit rose another 3.3% to reach $50.5 billion in November 2017, up $1.6 billion from the $48.9 billion in October, a level not seen since January 2012. The goods deficit is on track to be one of the highest on record....
December 18, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director A major reason the US Congress and Obama administration approved the KORUS free trade agreement with South Korea in 2011 was the expected benefits to US agricultural exports.
December 13, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The US trade deficit rose another 8.6% in October to reach $48.7 billion as imports in the month hit $244.6B, an all-time record for imports in a single month.
November 19, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Last month, UK automotive components manufacturer Brose installed a new £10 million ($13M) paint line at its factory in Coventry, England.
November 12, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The Republican tax reform plan is suffering from a shortage of funds. Paul Ryan and his colleagues are trying to give the American people a substantial tax cut as their signature achievement of 2017.
November 02, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Technology giant IBM reported its third quarter results on Oct. 17th, and extended a stunningly long losing streak with its 22nd consecutive quarter of declining sales.
October 24, 2017
by Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA We have never seen this before. The US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, is being brutally direct with free trade zombies in Congress and the multinational import lobby - i.e. the swamp - in charting a new pro-American direction on trade. Voters sought a change...
October 23, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Three rounds of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations came and went without much fanfare. But the fourth round,
September 18, 2017
By John R. Hansen, CPA Advisory Board Would the MAC discourage foreign direct investment in the United States? Some readers have suggested that capital being brought into the United States to finance greenfield foreign direct investment should be exempted from the MAC. We should not, they argue, do anything to discourage productivity...
September 08, 2017
By John R. Hansen, CPA Advisory Board This note describes how a Market Access Charge (MAC) can fix US dollar overvaluation, what the MAC is, and how it would put US workers and factories back on the job.