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June 19, 2007

Monetary Policy
The T-Bill conundrum

10 year Treasuries -- and other long-dated Treasury notes -- usually yield more than short-term instruments.   One widely cited explanation for the fact that until recently longer-term rates were wel…

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…

March 13, 2008

Monetary Policy
Central bank intervention … unprecedented in scale and scope

Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post -- the source of the quote in the title -- writes: "In the face of what is turning into the most serious financial market crisis since the Great Depressi…

July 9, 2008

Maybe China is a typical creditor after all

Creditors through the ages haven’t liked to take policy advice from debtors. They generally tend to think that borrowers should listen to the advice offered by those lending them money. And they…

November 25, 2008

Capital Flows
Bonfire of sovereign wealth funds?

Only a few sovereign funds disclose their performance. But it reasonable to think that many sovereign wealth funds – particularly the well-established funds that invested heavily in equities – have …

October 25, 2008

Monetary Policy
One easy thing China could do to help stabilize global markets: buy Agencies!

There is constant talk – too much, in my view – about whether sovereign funds will come to the rescue of western financial institutions. Qatar did put a large sum of money into Credit Suisse rec…

April 15, 2009

South Korea
The G20’s Challenge and Opportunity for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Steven Schrage is the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The financial crisis has become a tsunami that threatens to upend traditional assu…

President Obama and Lee at G20 Summit in London

June 7, 2010

Fossil Fuels
Obama Needs More Oilmen

President Obama caught some flak last week for appointing former EPA Administration William Reilly to cochair his oil spill commission. Rachel Maddow’s blog has highlighted the fact that Reilly sits …

July 1, 2010

How Much Oil Will China Consume?

Steven Kopits has a new guest post at Econbrowser, and once again, it’s getting some attention. Last time, he argued that the EIA had embraced peak oil. (I rebutted it here.) This time, he’s arguing …

How Much Oil Will China Consume?

January 14, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Hu Is Coming

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China's President Hu Jintao in Seoul. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Chinese President Hu Jintao comes to Washington next week for his first vi…

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China’s President Hu Jintao in Seoul