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May 11, 2005

United States
Good News. Trade deficit falls to $55 billion

What happened?Quick answer:Look at seasonally adjusted non-petroleum imports (All data comes from here).Jan 2005: 142.4 bFeb 2005: 143.4 bMarch 2005: 138.3 bJan 2004: 122.2 bFeb 2004: 124.6 bMarch 20…

May 18, 2009

Monetary Policy
Russia’s waning appetite for dollars

If Russia were China -- or if Russia’s reserves were growing at the same pace as in late 2007 or early 2008 – today’s revelation that Russia cut the dollar share of its reserves over the course of 20…

Russia’s waning appetite for dollars

July 19, 2009

United States
Don’t ignore the adjustment that has taken place; the US trade deficit is half its size this time last year …

Most reporting on the May trade data tried to fit it into the “green shoots” meta-narrative, thanks to the small uptick in exports. Never mind that total exports were about equal to their level in …

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March 22, 2009

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Last week’s move in the Treasury market ...

When financial historians get around to writing the history of the great crisis of 2008 (or great crisis of 2007-09?), they will no doubt focus on the collapse of the market for securitized mortgages…

Last week’s move in the Treasury market ...

November 4, 2010

China
What do the 2010 Elections Mean for Asia?

Since the election, I have been fielding numerous emails and phone calls from Asian friends and reporters interested in whether the sweeping changes in the House of Representatives, governors’ mans…

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who broke down in tears during his speech, gives a thumbs up at the end of his address to a Republican election night results watch rally in Washington

June 1, 2011

Intelligence
Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

Tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of President Barack Obama’s appearance before the nation to announce that “the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.” Accordin…

Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

September 20, 2011

Egypt
Egypt’s Identity Crisis

  An injured anti-government protester rests by a burned out bus, used as barricade, alongside the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in Cairo (Yannis Behrakis/Courtesy Reuters)   This article app…

Egypt’s Identity Crisis

January 13, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is Obama Reinventing Government?

Above the Fold. My BlackBerry buzzed this morning with email alerts informing me that President Obama intends to ask Congress for authority to merge several of the federal government’s trade- and com…

President Barack Obama speaks about government reform at the White House on January 13, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

December 27, 2011

North Korea
Kim Jong-un Survivability Scorecard: What to Look For

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and military officer Jang Song-taek paying their respects。 (Courtesy Reuters) Now that the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) has officially announced the start of the …

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and military officer Jang Song-taek paying their respects (Courtesy: Reuters)

December 9, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE on Camera: Janet Napolitano on International Cooperation for Homeland Security

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) When the topic comes up of which federal agencies are responsible for keeping Americans safe from foreign threats…

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jan Napolitano speaks about heightened passenger vigilance and airport security ahead of the holiday travel season at Reagan National Airport in Washington November 15, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque