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March 31, 2020

International Economic Policy
Not One Emerging Market Financial Crisis, but Many…

The common denominator across many emerging economies is a shortage of dollars. But the causes differ, as do the solutions.

A worker wearing a protective suit is seen inside the Shanghai Stock Exchange building amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai, China February 28, 2020.

March 22, 2020

International Economic Policy
How Asia’s Life Insurers Could “Shelter-In-Place”

Asia’s life insurers likely hold somewhere between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion of foreign currency denominated bonds as part of their portfolio—mostly dollar denominated, but some in euros. Japanes…

Japan, Taiwan, korea Lifers' Foreign Security Holdings (USD Billions)

March 17, 2020

International Economic Policy
Addressing the Global Dollar Shortage: More Swap Lines? A New Fed Repo Facility for Central Banks? More IMF Lending?

There is a global scramble for dollars going on. It needs to be addressed through creative policies.

FILE PHOTO: One hundred dollar notes are seen in this photo illustration at a bank in Seoul January 9, 2013.

March 13, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 13, 2020

Twitter labels selectively-edited video of Joe Biden “manipulated content”; Cyberspace Solarium Commission releases long-awaited report; Governments push tech companies to take down coronavirus misin…

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., March 12, 2020.

March 11, 2020

Taiwan
It Is Time for a Currency Manipulation Truce… Especially as Taiwan Disclosed Its True Foreign Exchange Position

There is no need for the Treasury to put out its foreign exchange report on time this April. There are other, more pressing priorities. And if it does, the Treasury should exercise its discretion to …

It Is Time for a Currency Manipulation Truce… Especially as Taiwan Disclosed Its True Foreign Exchange Position

March 10, 2020

Saudi Arabia
Why Current Saudi-Russia Oil Price War Is Not Déjà Vu

It’s happened several times before: geopolitical tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia have led to a dramatic drop in oil prices in years past. But the breakdown in Saudi-Russian cooperation in oi…

A gas station worker wearing a protective face mask sits next to a petrol station, after Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary lockdown on the province of Qatif following the spread of coronavirus, in Qatif, Saudi Arabia March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

February 18, 2020

Lebanon
Lebanon’s Imminent Financial Crisis

Lebanon is in a deep financial hole, with no obvious way out.

Lebanon’s Imminent Financial Crisis

February 11, 2020

Puerto Rico
What Exactly is in the New Agreement Between Puerto Rico's Board and its Creditors?

How much tax supported debt will Puerto Rico be left with if the Board's most recent proposal is accepted by the courts?

What Exactly is in the New Agreement Between Puerto Rico's Board and its Creditors?

January 31, 2020

China
Lessons From Phase One of the Trade War With China

With the phase one trade deal signed—and with China now promising (somewhat credibly in my view) to raise its imports of agriculture and energy above their pre-trade war levels and (less credibly) pr…

Lessons From Phase One of the Trade War With China

December 3, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Michael Bloomberg, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Michael Bloomberg announced on March 4, 2020, that he was ending his campaign. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be taking the advice of John Maynard Keynes. The legendary e…

Michael Bloomberg