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The economic impact of oil

The United States is the largest consumer of oil in the world, and one of the largest producers. Because of this, large swings in the price of oil can have big impacts on the U.S. economy. The recent plunge in oil prices will provide a boost to consumers and many businesses, but have an adverse effect on exporters and energy companies.

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  • While the recent fall in energy prices will cause headline CPI to fall, lower energy prices are a boost to the U.S. economy and could actually prove to be inflationary as consumers find themselves with more money to spend elsewhere.
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