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September 26, 2006

United States
The deterioration in the US income balance has just begun ….

Mark Whitehouse highlighted the deterioration in the US income balance in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.   The US paid more in interest and dividends on its external borrowing (and foreign equity i…

us_income_balance

January 15, 2007

China
Managing too much: China’s reserves were up $29b in November, $28b in December, $78b in q4 and $247b for the year

China’s reserves reached $1,038.7 billion ($1.0387 trillion) at the end of November – an increase of $29 billion over October.     China then added another $27.6b in December, bringing its reserves u…

chinese_foreign_asset_growth

December 21, 2007

United States
To worry or not to worry - more (sort of) scary graphs

Has the US slowdown, the credit crunch (See Krugman), the resulting fall in the current account deficit and rise in the risk of a recession (Read Summers) reduced the risks associated with the United…

us_financing_need

January 8, 2008

Monetary Policy
The end of the United States exorbitant privilege?

There is a lot of angst right now about the dollar, and specifically about the dollar’s ability to remain the leading global reserve currency. Look at the FT leader at the end of 2007, or Daniel…

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December 30, 2007

China
Does the China investment corporation (CIC) have a coherent investment strategy?

I personally would say no.  And I am not alone.  Tan Wei of mergermarket.com reports (in the FT) “a source familiar with the Chinese government’s thinking … who has direct access to the Chinese g…

January 28, 2008

Europe
If the UK wants to increase financial transparency …

Gordon Brown argues that the ’transparency deficit" in the global financial system needs to be corrected. I have a couple of specific suggestions for UK policy makers looking to flesh out the Prime M…

January 8, 2003

United States
Summit of the Americas

SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS WILL PRODUCE MORE PROTESTS THAN RESULTS – AND COULD AFFECT PROGRESS TOWARD A HEMISPHERE-WIDE FREE TRADE ZONE – SAY EXPERTS CONVENED BY THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS But m…

September 1, 2010

South Korea
U.S.-ROK Strategic Alliance 2015

Major Tara O is an Assistant Professor at the United States Air Force Academy. The views expressed in this essay are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S…

2+2 Meeting

April 18, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Rick Santorum, GOP Presidential Candidate

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011. (Brian Frank/courtesy Reuters) Pennsylvania State University can claim many accomplis…

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011.

January 5, 2011

Politics and Government
John Boehner’s Big Day

House Republican Leader Boehner during a press conference in Washington, DC, on November 18, 2010. (Yuri Gripas/Courtesy Reuters) John Boehner becomes the sixty-first Speaker of the House today, an…

House Republican Leader Boehner during a press conference in Washington, DC, on November 18, 2010.