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October 14, 2005

Financial Markets
Are tax breaks for houses at risk?

Last weekend's Los Angeles Times (via the Economist's View) article on Bush's advisory commission made it pretty clear that at least one member of the commission, Charles Rossotti, had  t…

September 11, 2006

The Wall Street Journal (finally) takes note: Europe, not the US, explains the recent surge in China’s exports

I was tempted to title this blog “$18.8 billion more reasons for Tyler Cowen, Dan Drezner, Greg Mankiw and a host of others to think the RMB isn’t really undervalued.”  But that would be a bit…

November 10, 2005

China’s October trade surplus was hardly small

US: record trade deficit in September.  China: record ($12 billion) trade surplus in October. Don't get me wrong - China's surplus is only a fraction of the US deficit.  Other things are goin…

April 23, 2007

Emerging Markets
Tokyo-Sao Paulo-Rio-New York-Washington …

Plenty of signs suggest that a fair amount of money is leaving Japan to look for higher yields elsewhere.    More and more of those outflows seem to be coming from leveraged investors who borrow yen …

May 14, 2007

United States
More evidence the world economy isn’t really rebalancing

The current account surplus of the world's big oil exporters is now falling.   At least that is what the IMF believes, with good reason.   All the oil exporters ramped up their spending and inves…

May 12, 2008

Capital Flows
Sovereign Economic Development Funds ….

Sovereign funds argue that they are only interested in financial returns. And to be sure, they do care about financial returns. Losing money generally isn’t good for a sovereign fund’s long-term h…

July 27, 2011

Ten Whats With...Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett. Courtesy of Laurie Garrett. Laurie Garrett is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Ms. Garrett is the only writer ever to have been aw…


April 17, 2013

Our Long-Term Unemployment Challenge (In Charts)

The reasons why employment has lagged in the recovery remains a central challenge for macro policymakers, influencing the fiscal debate as well as figuring prominently in Federal Reserve justificatio…

Our Long-Term Unemployment Challenge (In Charts)

May 1, 2013

What to Expect From the ECB

I’d like to think that the ECB will surprise us tomorrow with a package that includes both a rate cut and measures to increase the flow of credit to the periphery.  That could produce a meaningful ea…

What to Expect From the ECB

June 5, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria: "What is Boko Haram?"

Even as the mayhem has unfolded, Nigerians and Nigeria’s friends are struggling to understand Boko Haram. Ostensibly a radical Islamic movement, what are its goals? Who are its leaders? Is it a part …

Suspected members of the Abu Mohammed-led faction of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram , Bashir Ibrhim (L), Ibrahim Habibu (C) and Gambo Maiborodi, are presented to the media while awaiting official charges for alleged involvement in the kidnap and killing of an Italian and a British national, at the headquarters of the State Security Service headquarters in Nigeria's capital Abuja, March 14, 2012.