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January 26, 2005

Financial Markets
China reads the Economist. Is the Renminbi undervalued?

While China’s delegation to Davos seems a bit less than enamored with the dollar, the People’s Bank of China seems have read last week’s Economist, and concluded that there is no need to change the …

November 19, 2004

Greenspan, part II

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan was careful to frame the risk created by rising US external debt for foreigners investing in the US (and in the process financing the US current account …

February 1, 2005

United States
One number to watch

My nomination for the single number that best captures the state of total’s world economy -- and a key risk going forward: The annual increase in central banks dollar reserves.It is not exactly a num…

September 23, 2004

United States
The currency strategist at Morgan Stanley might want to talk to the chief economist at Morgan Stanley

Steve Johnson’s market insight column in Thursday’s Financial Times keys off Morgan Stanley’s currency strategist Stephen Jen’s argument that "As long as Asia insists on staying inside this dollar ar…

March 8, 2005

Financial Markets
I hope Andy Xie is wrong about this

Xie argues that Chinese prices won’t converge to US levels; rather US prices are likely to need to fall to Chinese levels.When a small economy like South Korea begins to develop, it is quite reasonab…

February 26, 2005

Capital Flows
Geoeconomics: What can we learn from the end of the “real” Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates?

Dan Drezner started a post with the Triffin dilemma, so I figure I too can digress into the realm of history.The Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates (Bretton Woods 1) collapsed, in some sens…

March 22, 2005

Financial Markets
The $1.3 billion question: What will happen to the renminbi

A week in China certainly does not make me an expert. Like many, I see China through the filter of English-speaking Chinese economists, and, to more precise, through the filter of those economists a…

March 27, 2005

United States
The financing of the US current account deficit

2004 Current account deficit: $666 billion2004 Net FDI outflow: $133 billion2004 Net portfolio equity outflow: $63 billion (TIC data); $37 billion (BEA) data. The difference seems to stem from diffe…

May 1, 2005

China
Will China get hit by the cover jinx?

It is a bit hard to start shorting the renminbi (RMB/ the Chinese currency) just because China has now made its appearance on the cover of Newsweek. It is hard to short something that has yet to be …

May 22, 2005

Financial Markets
That strong renminbi (ok, that strong dollar)

The RMB has appreciated by about 7% against one of China’s major trading partners this year. Not the US, obviously. But that doesn’t mean that China is not exposed to moves in the dollar-euro, or t…