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Barry Ritholtz

Could We Get an Iran Peace Dividend?

If the U.S. can reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, it may yield a peace dividend.
These things never did much for the economy.

These things never did much for the economy.

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The possibility of a deal to limit Iran's nuclear capabilities and end the international trade sanctions against the country raise a fascinating question: Will there be a peace dividend? 

A look at history may provide some insight. Based on what we have seen in the past, it is possible that an agreement would have a positive economic impact. But there are many variables that will determine the outcome, not the least of which is what this obstructionist Congress does.