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March 31, 2006

Europe
France: The most “Anglo-Saxon” of the big 3 continental economies

That's a headline you won't see in the financial or popular press.  The basic narrative is already established:  France won't change, and as a result, will lag behind the more flexible "A…

July 19, 2006

China
Chinese growth accelerates, RMB depreciates

That was yesterday’s headline.   Or, given the time differences, perhaps the headline from two days ago. Chinese second quarter growth picked up to 11% plus.  The only real surprise here was that the…

April 11, 2007

Emerging Markets
It is hard for the world to diversify away from the dollar when the world’s holdings of dollars need to rise by about a trillion a year

OK, I probably should strike “world” and insert “the world’s governments” instead.  It is pretty clear that central banks and oil investment funds provided the bulk of the financing the US needed in …

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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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October 3, 2007

Economics
Floating Dubai’s

Apparently, simple yachts are not luxury goods.   John Taglibue of the New York Times on Tuesday:  “Today a mega yacht is indispensable” said Olivier Milliex, head of yacht finance at the Dutch ban…

December 19, 2005

China
The Chinese conundrum: External (financial) strength, domestic (financial) weakness

I disagree with Michael Mandel on the US current account deficit - I think it is a concern, he doesn't.  We also disagree on the US fiscal deficit.   He doesn't think it is a big problem; I d…

November 17, 2006

Monetary Policy
The world, in a single graph

Actually, this post should be titled “everything I think I know about the world, in a single graph.”   The following graph combines various measures of dollar reserve growth with data on the overa…

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October 17, 2006

China
A trillion dollars here, a trillion there and pretty soon you are talking about real money

I have written extensively about China and Chinese reserve growth recently. So I won’t use Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal article as the spring board for another long post.  Just a sort of long post.T…

September 16, 2005

United States
Has the US outsourced creative thinking about external adjustment to … France?

Many have noted that President Bush likes French-style vacations.  Not so many have noticed that French economists have been at the forefront of thinking about the US current account deficit, and the…

Has the US outsourced creative thinking about external adjustment to … France?

June 21, 2009

China
The good and bad news in the World Bank’s China Quarterly

The good news in the latest World Bank China Quarterly: One. China is growing, thanks to China’s government. The World Bank estimates that the government’s policy response will account for abou…

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