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USA Statistics in Brief--Finance and Foreign Commerce

FINANCE 2000 2003 2004 2005 2006
Mortgage debt outstanding (billion dollars) 6,796 9,369 10,672 12,134 13,306
Consumer credit outstanding (billion dollars) 1,722 2,088 2,202 2,296 2,405
Interest rates:
New-home mortgage yields (percent) 1 7.52 5.80 5.77 5.94 6.60
Prime rate charged by banks (percent) 9.23 4.12 4.34 6.19 7.96
Treasury bill, 3-month, new issues (percent) 5.85 1.02 1.38 3.16 4.73
Treasury bond, 3-year, constant maturity (percent) 6.22 2.10 2.78 3.93 4.77
Treasury bond, 10-year constant maturity (percent) 6.03 4.01 4.27 4.29 4.80
Dow-Jones Industrial average (30 stocks) 10,787 10,454 10,783 10,718 12,463
Standard & Poor's common index (500 stocks) 2 1,320 1,112 1,212 1,248 1,418
FOREIGN COMMERCE 2000 2003 2004 2005 2006
Current account balance (billion dollars) -417 -522 -640 -755 -811
Merchandise trade balance (billion dollars) -436 -532 -651 -767 -817
Exports (billion dollars) 3 782 725 819 906 1,037
General imports (billion dollars) 1,218 1,257 1,470 1,673 1,854

FOOTNOTES
1 Effective rate on conventional mortgages.
2 1941-43=10. Closing value as of end of December.
3 Domestic and foreign exports; free alongside ship (f.a.s.) value basis.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Administration and Customer Services Division