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September 17, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Withdraws 450 Peacekeepers from the Central African Republic

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers September 11 to September 17.

UN peacekeepers patrol a street in Bangui during the 2015 presidential election in the Central African Republic.

June 24, 2021

Latin America
The Fight Against Corruption in Central America Needs to Get Ugly

When the region’s governments are such problematic partners, going around and after them is the only solution.

Vice President Kamala Harris and President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala

April 7, 2021

China
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Should Be on the World Bank and IMF’s Agenda

The Spring Meetings should address BRI’s pitfalls and advance policies to help put BRI countries on the path toward recovery and sustainable growth.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen ahead of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S. on April 8, 2019.

July 24, 2019

International Economic Policy
Are Asian Insurers the New European Banks?

It is hard to understand the global flow of funds without understanding the risks now being taken by Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean life insurers.

Are Asian Insurers the New European Banks?

October 9, 2019

Taiwan
$130+ Billion in Undisclosed Foreign Exchange Intervention by Taiwan's Central Bank

Based on the profits and losses disclosed by Taiwan’s central bank, it appears that its true FX exposures exceed its disclosed foreign exchange reserves by USD 130bn, and perhaps by as much as USD 20…

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April 24, 2018

International Economic Policy
Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign excha…

Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

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.

April 17, 2017

Europe and Eurasia
Bank Valuations Tank as ECB Flubs Its Stress Test

Low market valuations (i.e., price to book ratios) for euro area banks reflect market concerns over their capital cushions, opined the Bank of England just prior to last-year’s launch of the ECB s…

Bank Valuations Tank as ECB Flubs Its Stress Test

December 3, 2015

Europe
European Central Bank Rate Move, a Turning Point for Europe

At the governing council’s meeting today, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it will cut benchmark deposit rate to -0.3 percent, extend its quantitative easing (QE) program to at least Ma…

Central bank rates in Europe

April 17, 2017

Europe and Eurasia
The ECB Fails to Stress Banks Over the One Critical Variable It Controls: Inflation

Relentlessly falling inflation is bad news for Eurozone banks.  It increases the real (inflation-adjusted) value of borrower debt and the real cost of servicing that debt.  It causes loan defaults…

The ECB Fails to Stress Banks Over the One Critical Variable It Controls: Inflation