The difference between the amount you import and the amount you export (in whatever currency you wish). If your exports account for more than you imports, you have a trade surplus. I'm not enough of an economist to say what's better, but a lot of American politicians are always ranting about the trade deficit and unfair trade practices.

When it comes to C!s, though, I would love to get more of them than I give out. Two chances of that happening, though, fat and slim.

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