– Costs? US Exports To Russia Collapse 34% (ZeroHedge, Aug 6, 2014):
While Jack lew promised the economic impact on the US economy of Russian sanctions would be minimal, the facts suggest the opposite. Admittedly, Russia is not the US’ largest trade partner but escalating sanctions have resulted in a 34% collapse in US exports to Russia – the largest absolute drop since 2010. Imports (from Russia) also fell (for the 3rd month in a row) but while the US is suffering ‘costs’ it is clear Russia is hurting more (for now – as Putin is set to unleash his countermeasures). Since sanctions began Russian stocks are up 9.5% and the S&P up 4.5% but the spread has collapsed in recent weeks.