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January 9, 2005

Financial Markets
The price of a European vacation

As readers of this blog no doubt know, the dollar rallied v. the euro last week. Not that most of America noticed. In much of America’s heartland, the dollar’s value does not make the financial new…

May 10, 2006

United States
Self promotion watch (Treasury foreign exchange report edition)

I was interviewed by Adam Davidson of NPR about the Treasury’s forthcoming foreign exchange report (to be released at 4 pm today). You can hear the results here.    Adam Davidson also interviewed the…

September 3, 2008

Forget about the CIC. The state banks are the real story for now

Rose Yu and Amy Or’s Wall Street Journal story on China’s reduced appetite for Agency bonds is loaded with interesting detail. And not just about the fall in Chinese state banks’ holdings of Agenc…


December 8, 2008

Financial Markets
Good bye, petrodollars ...

Estimates of the break-even oil price in Saudi Arabia’s budget vary, ranging from under $40 a barrel to around $50 a barrel. Sometimes that is because of different assumptions about Saudi Arabia’s a…

March 14, 2009

Monetary Policy
China has more to worry about than its Treasury holdings

Premier Wen knows how to get attention; all he has to do is raise a few doubts about China’s ongoing willingness to keep on buying US assets. The FT, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times …

China has more to worry about than its Treasury holdings

August 18, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The End of OPEC?

Is the “center of gravity” of the global energy system about to shift from the Middle East to the Americas? That’s the provocative thesis of an article by Amy Jaffe in the new issue of Foreign Policy…

December 30, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Farewell to Iowa

The U.S. and Iowa state flags fly at a rally for Mitt Romney in West Des Moines on December 30, 2011. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. As the Roy Schneider character says at the start…

The U.S. and Iowa state flags fly at a rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in West Des Moines, Iowa December 30, 2011, ahead of the Iowa Caucus on January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

January 13, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is Obama Reinventing Government?

Above the Fold. My BlackBerry buzzed this morning with email alerts informing me that President Obama intends to ask Congress for authority to merge several of the federal government’s trade- and com…

President Barack Obama speaks about government reform at the White House on January 13, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

January 18, 2012

Morning Brief: Hopes for U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence

U.S. manufacturing employment has risen faster than in any other leading developed economy since the start of the recovery, feeding hopes the country is beginning a sustained manufacturing resurgence…

January 18, 2012

The Bid to Bundle U.S. Trade Agencies

President Obama requested Congressional approval last Friday to reorganize the federal government, a plan that includes consolidation of six trade and commerce agencies into a single, streamlined dep…

China Shipping containers sit on a ship in the Port of Los Angeles after being imported to the U.S.