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September 12, 2005

China
Show me the money (really, show me China’s reserves)

China's Alan Greenspan (Zhou Xiaochuan) has indicated China won't roil financial markets with "active composition adjustments of the foreign reserves."  fine.   But any central bank adding ab…

October 16, 2005

China
Is Tim Adams a closet Democrat? And some other musings on Snow’s trip to China

Clearly not, given his role in the Bush/ Cheney 2004 campaign. But he also seems to think China should develop a social insurance system to help spur domestic consumption.   Read Friday's Wall St…

April 4, 2006

United States
Bill Gross, no longer the bond king …

Bill Gross of PIMCO certainly seems to think foreign central banks matter - despite the arguments from some in the Fed (and the Treasury).Foreign central banks made famous and in fact prosperous by t…

May 3, 2006

Financial Markets
Stephen Jen knows currencies, not communiqués

Stephen – the dollar will go down, but “ the US will not adopt a weak dollar policy … and the sky will not fall on the dollar” – Jen has gotten the course of a the dollar/ euro roughly right for the …

May 6, 2006

United States
Muddle through until the end of 2008, and then it is someone else’s problem

That, according to George Packer, is the Bush Administration’s current strategy for Iraq:“As a strategy, this amounts to muddling through the rest of the Bush Presidency, without being forced to admi…

December 5, 2006

Americas
Welcoming Latin America's New Left

Over the last eighteen months Presidential elections occurred in twelve Latin American countries. While Hugo Chavez and his anti-American tirades grab most of the headlines, these elections actually …

December 6, 2006

China
Yu Yongding is well-worth reading on sterilization — as is the Bank of New York on plans for a goverment investment fund

Martin Wolf’s series of columns on China has stimulated quite an interesting debate. I have been meaning to highlight it for some time – especially since it prompted Yu Yongding to lay out both his t…

January 11, 2007

Venezuela
Venezuela's turn toward socialism: Hugo Chavez plans to nationalize CANTV and EDC

On Monday January 8th, two days before his inauguration to a third term, Hugo Chavez announced that he would deepen his socialist or Bolivarian revolution by nationalizing companies that are deemed t…

January 25, 2007

Emerging Markets
Et tu, Argentina?

Argentina apparently bought $2.1b in the foreign exchange market over the past three weeks.  Brazil – if you are keeping tabs – bought around 3.65b.   The southern cone seems to have joined Bretton W…

January 31, 2007

Politics and Government
Why Venezuela and Bolivia aren't leading a region-wide trend

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales are closely linked, and many fear they represent a new trend away from democracy, open markets, and the United States in Latin …