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October 30, 2008

Monetary Policy
Fed Balance Sheet Fed Balance Sheet

Complementing the IMF’s $100 billion liquidity facility, the Federal Reserve has announced the establishment of swap lines with the central banks of Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, and Singapore for u…

October 1, 2008

Monetary Policy
Fed Balance Sheet Troubles Fed Balance Sheet Troubles

The U.S. Senate passed Paulson’s $700 billion rescue plan three days after the House rejected it. The House is expected to vote again on Friday. While the political maneuvering continues, the Feder…

May 18, 2018

International Economic Policy
A Bad Deal on Currency (with Korea) A Bad Deal on Currency (with Korea)

Korea has indicated that it will, very gradually, start to disclose a bit more about its direct activities in the foreign exchange market. The Korean announcement presumably was meant to front-run it…

April 25, 2018

Ireland
Irish Flag and Apple Logo Tax Avoidance and the Irish Balance of Payments

At this point, profit shifting by multinational corporations doesn’t distort Ireland’s balance of payments; it constitutes Ireland’s balance of payments.

April 24, 2018

International Economic Policy
Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign excha…

February 19, 2013

The management of Chinese state-owned insurer the People's Insurance Company of China (PICC) poses before an investor meeting (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters). Rebalancing the State’s Balance Sheet

Until recently, relatively little attention was paid to states’ balance sheets. Measurement and reporting were neglected. Even today, states’ liabilities receive considerable attention, while their a…

April 10, 2018

Brazil
ICS Brazil's Critical Infrastructure Faces a Growing Risk of Cyberattacks

Most of the world's critical infrastructure—nuclear plants, electrical transmission systems, water treatment plants, etc.—is managed by internet-connected hardware and software that makes them vulner…

March 30, 2009

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Motion Chart: Household Balance Sheet

Track the correlation between U.S. housing prices and household debt.

March 23, 2018

Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Abenomics and the Japanese Economy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has introduced audacious economic policies to combat deflation, but the U.S. withdrawal from TPP and other factors have complicated his efforts.