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December 30, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Remembering Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013

Last Thursday, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy through their vision, service, intellect, or courage. Below are ten world figures who died in 2013. Ea…

The sun sets over Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. (Mike Hutchings/Courtesy Reuters)

April 14, 2015

Politics and Government
Campaign 2016: Senator Marco Rubio, GOP Presidential Candidate

Long shots sometimes pay off. Just ask Senator Marco Rubio. He won his first race for political office at age 26 by beating an incumbent county commissioner. A year later he won a seat in Florida’s s…


December 11, 2007

Emerging Markets
The new financial superpowers (part 2)

Sovereign wealth funds are hot.   A senior JP Morgan Chase banker, quoted in Time: "SWFs ... are the new 'it' girl of global finance. Everyone wants a piece of them."  Almost every investme…

June 6, 2005

So will the proliferation of hedge funds end with a bang or a whimper

The number of hedge funds is about the only thing that has been rising faster than the price of residential real estate (at least in some markets). Probably not a coincidence: hedge funds and real e…

April 24, 2006

RGE pays my salary, not the IIE — and I am not exactly a true believer in dark matter

Patrick Smith seems to be based in Hong Kong, so I guess I can forgive him for thinking I work for the IIE (the Institute for International Economics).  The IIE is a great place, but they , alas, don…

March 15, 2006

Emerging Markets
Feeding the hand that bites you …

Justin Lahart writes well; I stole the "feeding the hand that bites you" line from him.  It is a good one.The US tells China (oops, CNOOC) that it cannot buy Unocal, even though Unocal's energy a…

July 4, 2007

United States
Understanding the evolution of the US net international investment position

Predicting things can be difficult, especially if you are talking about the future. So the Yogi Bera cliché goes.   It rings true.   Back in 2004, I was fairly confident that the US net intern…


May 22, 2006

Emerging Markets
The dollar is still a currency you run to …

At least if you have borrowed dollars to buy stocks in emerging economies that are tanking. The series of crisis that rocked emerging economies in the 1990s were a formative experience for me.   So M…

May 26, 2008

Libya Shunning the Dollar?

This post is by Rachel Ziemba, filling in for Brad Setser. I want to thank Brad for giving me the chance to guest blog again. With oil futures staying above $130 a barrel - the links between dollar…


January 15, 2009

Financial Markets
How badly were the Gulf’s sovereign funds hurt by the 2008 crisis?

It takes a bit of courage to put out a paper that is sure to get a few things wrong. But when it comes to the Gulf’s sovereign funds, the alternative to getting a few things wrong is not writing m…

How badly were the Gulf’s sovereign funds hurt by the 2008 crisis?