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April 10, 2006

China
China worries the US may want a “competitive” dollar

Xia Bin, head of the financial research institute at the cabinet's Development Research Centre, didn't use Martin Feldstein's clever term though.  He worries about a weak dollar policy."W…

May 2, 2006

Financial Markets
And the money keeps rolling in …

To Russia. In 1998, Russia was very short on cash.  It went to the IMF and got a $15 billion credit line.  When it didn’t hold up its end of the bargain – taking steps to collect a bit of revenue – t…

October 10, 2005

Emerging Markets
Pakistani earthquake

The potential loss of life from the earthquake in Northern Pakistan is stunning -- a reminder of how precarious life is for many in one of the world's nuclear states.  Not to mention a state wher…

July 19, 2006

China
Chinese growth accelerates, RMB depreciates

That was yesterday’s headline.   Or, given the time differences, perhaps the headline from two days ago. Chinese second quarter growth picked up to 11% plus.  The only real surprise here was that the…

December 11, 2006

Financial Markets
The GCC’s dollar peg …

China will have a current account surplus of over $200b this year.  China has about 1.3 billion people.   The GCC countries (Saudi Arabia and the small states on the Gulf) will also have a current ac…

December 6, 2006

China
Yu Yongding is well-worth reading on sterilization — as is the Bank of New York on plans for a goverment investment fund

Martin Wolf’s series of columns on China has stimulated quite an interesting debate. I have been meaning to highlight it for some time – especially since it prompted Yu Yongding to lay out both his t…

April 11, 2007

Emerging Markets
It is hard for the world to diversify away from the dollar when the world’s holdings of dollars need to rise by about a trillion a year

OK, I probably should strike “world” and insert “the world’s governments” instead.  It is pretty clear that central banks and oil investment funds provided the bulk of the financing the US needed in …

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August 9, 2007

China
The balance of financial terror, circa August 9, 2007

Back in early 2004, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers highlighted the emergence of what he termed the "balance of financial terror."   China – and others – relied on the US for demand that t…

December 23, 2007

Capital Flows
A Saudi investment authority?

The FT broke a major story -- at least in my world -- late on Friday. The Saudis are about to set up a sovereign wealth fund: Saudi Arabia plans to establish a sovereign wealth fund that is expecte…

February 10, 2008

Capital Flows
SWFs to IMF: mind your own business, not ours …

It doesn’t seem like the IMF’s code of conduct for sovereign wealth funds is going anywhere. The power brokers in today’s global financial system argue that they are already commercially-motivated…