The guest on this week's nationally syndicated Motley Fool Money radio show is Daniel Gross, author of the new book Bigger, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline and the Rise of a New Economy. While many investors focus on economic statistics like unemployment numbers and GDP, there are other factors just as crucial to gauging the health of the U.S. economy. In this audio segment, Gross shares why he watches auto sales and describes why monthly numbers from automakers like Ford and GM are more important than you think.

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