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January 22, 2006

Emerging Markets
Too many currencies? Or too many dollar pegs?

The world has too many currencies.   The dollar is too good a currency not to be shared.    The US has a clear comparative advantage in central banking.   National pride - and a desire to maintain "m…

February 7, 2006

United States
Reviewing the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review

The new Pentagon strategic plan calls for a more mobile, modern U.S. military capable of meeting threats posed by non-state actors like al-Qaeda. Cfr.org inteviews four military experts for their vie…

February 25, 2006

China
Is China’s peg creating more problems than benefits for China?

 Stephen "current account deficits don't matter, at least not in the dollar zone" Jen is starting to sound a bit like Brad "Doom and Gloom caucus, trade deficit division" Setser. At least on Chin…

March 14, 2006

United States
Why didn’t the current account deficit start to adjust in 2003? Will the adjustment start in 2006? And where are all the world’s reserves?

I think I can now welcome Brad DeLong to the "gloom and doom caucus, trade deficit division."  He joins some pretty good company:  Paul Volcker, Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Warren Buffet, Martin Fel…

Why didn’t the current account deficit start to adjust in 2003?   Will the adjustment start in 2006? And where are all the world’s reserves?

May 5, 2006

United States
Verleger: Oil Prices Peaking, But Hurricanes or Other Events Could Send Them Higher

Philip K. Verleger, a well-known expert on the economics of oil, says that the current price of oil, which has dropped below $70 a barrel, has probably peaked for the moment. Yet he warns that any pr…

April 6, 2006

United States
Rarely do I agree even a little with Larry Lindsey

But I do think Lindsey correctly highlights why the debate on whether the US economy as a whole benefits from low interest rates courtesy of China's central bank is rather beside the point, at le…

January 31, 2006

United States
World Economic Update: After Greenspan

Council on Foreign RelationsNew York, NYMeeting HighlightsSkip to transcriptTax Cuts:Daniel TARULLO: “Go back to the tax cuts of 2001, where Alan Greenspan possibly was decisive in turning the debat…

November 2, 2006

Financial Markets
A Conversation with Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa

Watch Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian minister of economy and finance, discuss the European Central Bank, global imbalances, and the regulation of financial markets as part of the Council's C. Peter …

November 2, 2006

Financial Markets
C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics: A Conversation with Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa

The C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics is presented by the Corporate Program and the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. 7:45 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast 8:0…

July 7, 2006

United States
DeLong: It will all be OK … unless it isn’t

Weekend commentary on the forthcoming (we just don’t know when) process of external adjustment in the US has been outsourced to the left coast.  DeLong: What is this most likely scenario? It is of (a…