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March 21, 2006

Liberia
A Conversation with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Fondly called the “Iron Lady” by her supporters, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has, throughout her 30-year career as a stateswoman, political prisoner, and Liberian national demonstrated her iron will and de…

June 12, 2006

United States
Calculation envy - the last US owned Treasury bill will be bought by the People’s Bank in 2012 …

Niall Ferguson had a big weekend.   His article on the United States’ propensity to go into debt gets published in the New York Times Magazine.  He compares the US economy to a dinosaur named debtlod…

March 13, 2007

China
Forget multilateral coordination; let China do it

Fred Bergsten has long advocated in favor of a bit more exchange rate coordination – both to limit volatility and to try to avoid large misalignments among the major currencies.   Right now, the most…

January 16, 2007

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The Washington Post really doesn’t like Social Security …

Best I can tell, Social Security is in the best financial shape of any federal program.  It is in far better future shape than Medicare.   And it is in way better shape than the portion of the govern…

February 13, 2007

United States
The 2006 trade data

It seems to me that there are at least three big stories in the US trade data, maybe four or five ...The first is that US exports grew quite strongly in 2006.  And goods exports outperformed services…

October 23, 2006

Europe
One more sign we live in a new gilded age - Europe is once again the world’s financial center …

Back in the first Gilded Age, a booming America drew in capital from old Europe.  The US ran current account deficits, Europe ran a surpluses.   London was the world’s financial center, intermediatin…

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January 2, 2008

United States
America’s Achilles heel?

Before my September lecture on the relationship (if any) between external debt and external power, I read a lot of Niall Ferguson.  I even used the financial troubles of Egypt’s khedive - troubles Dr…

March 25, 2008

China
China’s currency is not really appreciating

Those aren’t my words. They are the title of a chart -- "the CNY is not really appreciating" -- in Standard Chartered’s March 19 FX alert, an alert produced by Callum Henderson, David Mann and Step…

May 12, 2009

Economic Crises
The Global Consequences of the Crisis

This session was part of the Stephen C. Freidheim Symposium on Global Economics: Financial Turbulence and U.S. Power, which was made possible through the generous support of Stephen C. Freidheim. …

May 12, 2009

Economic Crises
The Global Consequences of the Crisis

Watch experts discuss past global financial and monetary policies during financial crises and actions that governments today might take to respond to current crisis. This session was part of the Ste…