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March 9, 2005

Emerging Markets
Brad DeLong covers the Argentine crisis, in one night

DeLong is clearly working his way through Paul Blustein’s book on Argentina. Martin Wolf has a column on Argentina’s restructuring in yesterday’s Financial Times, which I quite liked, for rather obv…

April 24, 2005

United States
US policy (once again) fails the Chinese test

Lots of folks in Washington don’t think the Bush Administration and the Congress are serious about cutting the fiscal deficit, and reducing the strain the federal government places on anemic US savin…

September 12, 2005

China
Show me the money (really, show me China’s reserves)

China's Alan Greenspan (Zhou Xiaochuan) has indicated China won't roil financial markets with "active composition adjustments of the foreign reserves."  fine.   But any central bank adding ab…

September 16, 2005

Economics
Happy (late) blog birthday

It has been a bit over a year since I started doing this.   I did not anticipate the blog would generate half the audience it has.   I often have focused on relatively obscure topics: the global bala…

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.  …

May 25, 2006

United States
You know, there are safe havens that do not have a current account deficit of $1 trillion …

Incidentally, I am not the only one who thinks that the US current account deficit is heading toward a trillion.   The OECD now forecasts $965b current account deficit in 2006 (7.2% of GDP), and $107…

May 22, 2007

China
No one covers the debate on China’s macroeconomic policy better than Richard McGregor

McGregor’s long analysis piece in today's Financial Times (free link here) shows why.  It is the best summary of China’s macroeconomic policy challenges – and the contractions associated with Chi…

June 1, 2007

Monetary Policy
$45b for China in April, at least $33b for Russia in May — global reserve growth remains exceptionally strong

China’s reserves apparently increased by $45b in April, rising to $1247b.Krzysztof Rybinski of Poland’s National Bank asks what fraction of China’s April increase is real and what fraction comes from…

April 29, 2008

Emerging Markets
Borders still matter; “the world isn’t as flat as it used to be”

On Monday, Bob Davis of the Wall Street Journal argued that the world isn’t flat, or at least it “isn’t as flat as it used to be.” National borders matter more. Barriers to the free flow of go…

April 20, 2008

Economics
Inequality in America

Unions in the American manufacturing sector used to have the bargaining power to secure a middle class wage for their members. Not any more. And no one else – apart from corporate CEOs, hedge fu…