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Gold Imports
Source: Encyclopedia of Banking & Finance (9h Edition) by Charles J Woelfel
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Imports of gold into the U.S. since 1969 have compared with exports of gold and increases in gold under "earmark" as indicated in the appended table.  An increase in earmarked gold is the equivalent in effect upon the gold stock of the U.S. of net export; a decrease is the equivalent of net import.  Technically, however, earmarked gold is still physically within the country and thus is not included in exports unless actually shipped.

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