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August 24, 2005

United States
Are we ignoring the United States’ strengths?

Anantha Nageswaran of Libran Asset Management in Singapore has submitted a set of (lengthy) comments that respond, in some sense, to many of the points I and others have raised on this blog.   Check …

April 17, 2006

Monetary Policy
Treading water (the February TIC data and ongoing central bank financing of the US)

The world bought $87b more of US long-term debt and equity than the US bought of foreign debt and equity.    The net inflow exceeded expectations - there were some concerns that TIC inflow wouldn&#39…

July 26, 2005

Europe
Mining European data

I spent some time over the weekend delving into the Eurozone balance of payments data published by the ECB in its monthly bulletin, looking for insights into the global flow of funds. But to jazz thi…

December 8, 2006

Monetary Policy
Bretton Woods 2: On its last legs? Or still going strong at the end of 2006?

Or perhaps a complicated combination of both?   That is a question that has popped up over at Martin Wolf’s forum.   It is a keyquestion for the global economy, and for financial markets.Those bettin…

December 13, 2007

United States
Richard Iley on the US current account deficit

Richard IleyBrad Setser: Richard Iley of BNP Paribas – the author, with Mervyn Lewis, of a new book on the US current account deficit --- doesn’t see the world quite the way I do.   I put a l…

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August 17, 2008

Financial Markets
Nouriel Roubini gets a medal ...

A well-deserved one too. Nouriel stuck to his core views -- housing was massively over-valued, the financial system was heavily exposed to a fall in home prices and the fall out from a fall in US…

September 16, 2008

Financial Markets
Lehman v Argentina

I am guilty of instinctively comparing large defaults to the Argentina’s default. That is the largest default that I know well. And Lehman qualifies as a large default. John Jansen reports one …

February 15, 2010

Asia
Burma’s Turning Point?

In the Lewis Carroll world of Burmese politics, where nothing is at it seems and deadlock is the norm, any potentially positive news must be viewed cynically. Still, the announcement by the Burmese j…

May 20, 2008

Financial Markets
Good question

Michael Phillips in Monday’s Wall Street Journal: If there’s one message the Bush administration has been trying to hammer home to Chinese leaders, it is this: A major country with a huge trade surp…

April 18, 2011

Cybersecurity
Cyberspy vs. Cyberspy

A work station is pictured at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia …

Cyberspy vs. Cyberspy