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February 10, 2008

Capital Flows
SWFs to IMF: mind your own business, not ours …

It doesn’t seem like the IMF’s code of conduct for sovereign wealth funds is going anywhere. The power brokers in today’s global financial system argue that they are already commercially-motivated…

November 3, 2008

Financial Markets
Open secrets

The Gulf states are thought to have built up their cash reserves in q2 and q3 – though the supporting evidence was always circumstantial (the TIC data implied that no one was buying US equities) and …

December 8, 2008

Financial Markets
Good bye, petrodollars ...

Estimates of the break-even oil price in Saudi Arabia’s budget vary, ranging from under $40 a barrel to around $50 a barrel. Sometimes that is because of different assumptions about Saudi Arabia’s a…

February 17, 2009

Capital Flows
How Worried Should We Be About Dubai?

Note: This post is by Rachel Ziemba of RGE Monitor, filling in while Brad is off in the mountains. Many thanks to Brad for letting me fill in again.  I pay attention to macro events in China and sev…

Liabilities of BIS banks to UAE

February 2, 2009

Emerging Markets
It wasn’t just the market ...

James Saft of Reuters worries that the crisis will lead to a shift away from the "Davos consensus," especially as the market’s power had pulled so many out of poverty. "the stuff underlying the Da…

May 11, 2009

Emerging Markets
Sovereign bailout funds, sovereign development funds, sovereign wealth funds, royal wealth funds …

The classic sovereign wealth fund was an institution that invested a country’s surplus foreign exchange (whether from the buildup of “spare” foreign exchange reserves at the central bank or from the …

January 10, 2011

Israel
Guest Post: A Capital For One State, or Two?

Palestinians watch as an excavator demolishes the Shepherd Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem on January 9, 2011 (Ronen Zvulun/Courtesy of Reuters) Guest post today.  My coll…

Guest Post: A Capital For One State, or Two?

June 1, 2011

Intelligence
Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

Tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of President Barack Obama’s appearance before the nation to announce that “the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.” Accordin…

Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

March 29, 2011

Guest Post: Messages to Americans from the Muslim Brotherhood

A banner hung in Cairo by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calling for a "yes" vote on the referendum, seen on March 18, 2011. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/courtesy Reuters) My colleague Ed Husain just got b…

A banner hung in Cairo by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood calling for a

April 10, 2011

Politics and Government
The Egyptian Armed Forces: Guns & Roses

Army soldiers walk past people shouting anti-constitutional amendment slogans during a protest in Cairo (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) The violence during the wee hours of Saturday morning in Tahrir S…

The Egyptian Armed Forces: Guns & Roses