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January 3, 2005

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Borrowing is Saving, Up is Down

Edmund Andrews of the New York Times provides the Rosetta stone that lets us decipher the Bush Administration’s plan to cut the deficit, which seems to be a plan to pretend to cut the deficit. Here i…

February 8, 2005

Chairman Greenspan: Do Not Worry, Be Happy

The Chairman gave policy makers a green light not to worry about the US current account deficit: the dollar’s existing fall will lead the deficit to turn around. The Chairman’s remarks also seem to …

March 29, 2005

United States
Too big to behave rashly

According to Andrew Samwick, the world’s central banks are too big to behave rashly. As he puts it: "We’re too big an economy, and our creditors’ portfolio holdings are simply too large for them to …

September 4, 2005

Economics
Financial storm gathering?

Andrew Lo of MIT apparently thinks so.  His work provided the basis for this New York Times article by Mark Giben, an article that probably will attract less attention today than it would in more tra…

September 18, 2005

United States
Synthetic CDOs, China and Systemic Risk

I suspect the stock of outstanding synthetic credit derivatives -- $ 1500 b in synthetic CDOs in 2004 v. $300 b or so in 2001, according to Mark Whitehouse of the Wall Street Journal -- is the only t…

October 17, 2005

China
The US government has no idea what China intends to do with its exchange rate …

This Financial Times articles by Andrew Balls and Richard McGregor is worth reading.  It makes two key points:1. China did not give the US any hints what it plans to do next with its currency next.  …

October 24, 2005

China
No one forced China to import US monetary policy: Commentary on yesterday’s China commentary

Andrew Browne did something somewhat unusual in Monday's Wall Street Journal (see p. A2 of the print edition, unfortunately, I have not been able to find the link). He wrote about China, and got …

January 6, 2006

Monetary Policy
Read Andrew Balls and Geoff Dyer on Chinese reserve management

I strongly recommend the latest by Balls (in DC) and Dyer (in Shanghai). It covers both sides of the "does China's reserve management matter" debate.  But it gets two key points absolutely right:…

April 28, 2006

Why does China have a looser monetary policy than the United States?

We know why the global economy grew strongly in the first quarter.   Nothing changed.  Or rather, the basic pattern that has driven global growth for the past few years intensified.The US continued t…

July 9, 2006

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
A fringe benefit from over-paid CEOs

CEOs do still pay taxes.Edmund Andrews in the New York Times: The main reason [for the smaller than expected deficit] is a big spike in corporate tax receipts, which have nearly tripled since 2003,…