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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.

CPA Research

Why China Likely Won’t Buy Fewer U.S. Treasury Bonds

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...

Poll Shows Growing Public Opposition to NAFTA

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.

Trade Deficit Up 3% in November As Full-Year Deficit Heads For $554B

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...

US Agriculture Has Failed To Benefit From Korean Free Trade Agreement: Time For a New Approach

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. 

Trade Deficit Up 11% in October As Imports Hit All-Time Record: Full-Year Deficit Heading For $560B

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. 

Strong Post-Brexit Outlook For UK Economy

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. 

The Missing Trillion Dollars in Republican Tax Reform Plan

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.

IBM Offshores to India and Business Still Shrinks

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.  

First Time Ever: US Trade Ambassador Stiff-Arms the Swamp

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...

Trump Administration Rattles the North American Cage on NAFTA

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, 

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