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August 5, 2007

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Taxing the kings of private equity like the rest of us

Cheers to the New York Times,  the Financial Times, the Economist,  Charlie Rangel, Robert Rubin, Alan Blinder, Paul Krugman, Warren Buffet (I think it is implied here), Bill Gross, Greg Mankiw (extr…

September 23, 2007

Sovereign wealth funds

michael pettisOne of my tricks when I want to look smart on the topic of global financial flows and monetary conditions is to check out the latest entries in Brad’s blog, which is the only blog I rea…

March 2, 2008

Financial Markets
Worth less, not worthless

I am glad Mr. Buffet clarified that. Project out last weeks trends for very long and there might be a bit of doubt. Mr. Soros wasn’t as kind. ""The dollar is a terribly flawed currency"Nor, for th…

June 11, 2008

China
Should SAFE be considered a SWF?

SAFE is China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange. It enforces China’s capital controls -- and manages the foreign exchange reserves of China’s central bank. Lately though it hasn’t necessa…

August 10, 2008

China
Value-added in China’s export sector and China’s exposure to a global slump

Mark Thoma linked to a VoxEU article summarizing new work by Robert Koopman, Zhi Wang and Shang-Jin Wei on the "Chinese value-added" of China’s exports. They find that the Chinese value-added in C…

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December 5, 2008

Monetary Policy
Reserves are meant to be used in bad times

Tracy Alloway of the Financial Times’ Alphaville blog -- echoing Robert Sinche of the Bank of America -- thinks that spending reserves to defend your own currency and support your own banks is a form…

December 31, 2008

Financial Markets
Relitigating 1998 at the end of 2008

Tyler Cowen argues that the “Committee to Save the World” made a mistake in 1998 by, well, saving the financial world. They thus missed an opportunity to teach the banks a lesson in sound risk-manag…

February 1, 2009

China
Asia’s two recessions

During the good times, both exports and investment boomed. Indeed, the fact that China ran a large current account surplus even as Chinese domestic investment soared -- something only possible bec…

August 1, 2009

China
China linkfest

Qing Wang of Morgan Stanley: "Given China’s high national savings rate, from the perspective of the economy as a whole, there are only three forms in which China can deploy its savings: 1) onshore p…

November 13, 2009

United States
Unfinished Business: The Futenma Story

As President Obama gets ready to visit Tokyo, much of the media coverage focuses on the high politics of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Is this tension a temporary affliction caused by the transition in To…