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March 29, 2005

United States
Too big to behave rashly

According to Andrew Samwick, the world’s central banks are too big to behave rashly. As he puts it: "We’re too big an economy, and our creditors’ portfolio holdings are simply too large for them to …

November 17, 2005

Can the Pentagon balance Chinese power …

with money the Treasury borrows from China?  Ok, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia ... The answer so far has been yes.   The Pentagon - or at least influential voices in the Pentagon - want to discoura…

July 6, 2005

Worrying about debt to China

Jesse Eisinger has a nice Long and Short column exploring CNOOC’s bid for Unocal in the Wall Street Journal. I liked this quote from Lehman’s Ethan Harris:The Cnooc bid "strikes people that we really…

April 28, 2006

Why does China have a looser monetary policy than the United States?

We know why the global economy grew strongly in the first quarter.   Nothing changed.  Or rather, the basic pattern that has driven global growth for the past few years intensified.The US continued t…

May 2, 2006

Financial Markets
And the money keeps rolling in …

To Russia. In 1998, Russia was very short on cash.  It went to the IMF and got a $15 billion credit line.  When it didn’t hold up its end of the bargain – taking steps to collect a bit of revenue – t…

July 24, 2007

Monetary Policy
Voldemort’s invisibility cloak

There is something about SAFE -- maybe the fact that its full name, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, seems to come straight from the Ministry of (Bureaucratic) Magic --  that seems to in…

November 18, 2010

Politics and Government
The Gauntlet Is Thrown Down

Walking by Westminster this morning I was reminded of the grandeur of democracy.  Watching the battle back in Washington over the New START Treaty, I am reminded that democratic practice is often m…

The Gauntlet Is Thrown Down

January 25, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Watching the State of the Union Address

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) President Obama goes before a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. tonight to deliver the S…

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington.

December 20, 2010

Politics and Government
Killer Amendments Die

The New START Treaty made it through the weekend intact. Opponents offered two so-called killer amendments, and both failed to get fifty-one votes. (A treaty needs sixty-seven votes to pass the Se…

Killer Amendments Die

December 22, 2010

Politics and Government
Guest Post: The New START Sausage Mill

I asked my colleague, Chris Tuttle, a Capitol Hill veteran, for his quick reaction to the Senate’s approval of the New START Treaty. Here are his thoughts: In the past week, thanks to the sluggish…

Guest Post: The New START Sausage Mill