International economy

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We take a look back 75 years ago to July 1, 1944, when representatives from 44 nations convened to devise a post-World War II monetary system.

 

The location? 

 

The plush Mt. Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods,  where  delegates could work, distraction-free, to come up with a plan that would ensure post-war prosperity through economic co-operation. The United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, known as the Bretton woods conference, would result in the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.  

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After the recent crisis, the Greek economy is only slightly more stable ground. Meanwhile, economic uncertainty afflicts other countries in the Eurozone, which binds nineteen nations into a single currency.  Americans meanwhile are watching the turmoil and wondering what’s at skate for them in Europe’s struggles.

The Bretton Woods Conference: History And Legacy

Aug 12, 2014
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Signed in New Hampshire seventy years ago this summer, the Bretton Woods Agreement established the U.S. dollar as the new standard for global trade. We’ll look at what changes this agreement made to the global trade system, some of the personalities behind it, and its legacy extending to the present day.

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NAFTA Turns Twenty

Dec 3, 2013
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President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in December 1993, eliminating all tariffs and trade restrictions among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  The treaty, though, has always been controversial in all three nations.  Two decades later, we examine its impacts, and which predictions about it have come true.

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The European economy has been struggling for the past half-decade, now the latest trouble comes from Cyprus. Although tiny in size, many worry that its problems will spill over to larger countries and even across the Atlantic to the United States.  We’ll look closer at what’s happening and whether we’ll feel an impact in New Hampshire.

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