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USA Statistics in Brief--Finance and Foreign Commerce

FINANCE 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008
Mortgage debt outstanding (billion dollars) 6,789 12,108 13,488 14,562 14,640
Consumer credit outstanding (billion dollars) 1,718 2,285 2,388 2,519 2,563
Interest rates:
New-home mortgage yields (percent) 1 7.52 5.94 6.63 6.41 6.05
Prime rate charged by banks (percent) 9.23 6.19 7.96 8.05 5.09
Treasury bill, 3-month (percent)2 5.82 3.15 4.73 4.36 1.37
Treasury bond, 3-year, constant maturity (percent) 6.22 3.93 4.77 4.34 2.24
Treasury bond, 10-year constant maturity (percent) 6.03 4.29 4.80 4.63 3.66
Dow-Jones Industrial average (30 stocks)3 10,787 10,718 12,463 13,265 8,776
Standard & Poor's common index (500 stocks) 3, 4 1,320 1,248 1,418 1,468 903
FOREIGN COMMERCE 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008
Current account balance (billion dollars) -417 -749 -804 -727 -706
Merchandise trade balance (billion dollars) -436 -772 -828 -809 -914
Exports (billion dollars) 5 782 901 1,026 1,148 1,287
General imports (billion dollars) 1,218 1,673 1,854 1,957 2,201

FOOTNOTES
1 Effective rate on conventional mortgages.
2 Secondary Market.
3 Closing value as of end of December.
4 1941-43=10.
5 Domestic and foreign exports; free alongside ship (f.a.s.) value basis.


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