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Southwest Economy

Ben Munyan

Texas banks confront an increasingly challenging operating environment, as the state’s usually strong economic growth is predicted to slow later this year and the Federal Reserve’s rapidly rising interest rate environment pressures some institutions’ profitability.

Dallas Fed economist David Rapson discusses the challenges of moving away from a fossil-fuel-dependent economy.

Wenhua Di and Aparna Jayashankar

Housing affordability has declined in Texas, a top destination for domestic and international migrants drawn by its historically low cost of living.

Luis Torres and Aparna Jayashankar

When it comes to trading goods with the United States, Mexico would appear a logical sourcing alternative to China. Before the pandemic, increasing friction between the U.S. and China—the top supplier of goods imports to the U.S. in 2019—contributed to an anticipated “nearshoring” shift among companies dependent on Asia.

Michael D. Plante and Jessica Rindels

Tesla is developing the facility near Corpus Christi to produce battery-grade lithium hydroxide, a lithium chemical used in the high-performance lithium-ion batteries that companies such as Tesla prefer.

Daniel Chiquiar, professor of economics at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico) and former chief economist of Mexico’s central bank, Banco de México, discusses the country’s recent economic performance and the challenges it faces in 2023.

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