Why Print Money?

Andrew Coyne:

They are probably right. It is telling that neither Obama nor his Republican opponent has offered much of a plan to spur the economy, at least in the short term. So far as anyone has any short-term impact on the economy, it is the Federal Reserve, and even it is limited in . . . → Read More: Why Print Money?

China’s Currency Holdings

Chinese Yuan and U.S. Dollars

The Wall Street Journal reports that China is decreasing its holdings of  U.S. dollars

Fresh data suggest China is moderating its appetite for investing in U.S. securities, a trend that could mean lower flows of cheap capital from Beijing and a possible rise in borrowing costs across the American . . . → Read More: China’s Currency Holdings

Other Alpha Sources

I have been enjoying myself in the Austrian Alps last week and hence the lower output. Here is my look though, of a number of notable news stories and contributions.

Global Liquidity

Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB has penned a speech (and argument) on global (excess) liquidity. Izabella likes . . . → Read More: Other Alpha Sources for February 13, 2012

A Stupid Question

From Don Boudreaux:

If Beijing’s intervention into the Chinese economy justifies U.S.-government ‘retaliation’ to ‘correct’ market distortions created by those interventions, shouldn’t the still-significant lingering negative consequences of Beijing’s interventions into the Chinese economy from 1949-1978 be considered? Shouldn’t Beijing’s artificial destruction, during the middle decades of the 20th century, of production efficiencies in . . . → Read More: A Stupid Question

Where Are the Handcuffs?

For this blatantly illegal act:

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) has made it official: After its latest two day meeting, it announced its goal to devalue the dollar by 33% over the next 20 years. The debauch of the dollar will be even greater if the Fed exceeds its goal of a . . . → Read More: Where Are the Handcuffs?

The rupee: Frequently asked questions

q: How big is the market for the rupee?

The rupee is now a big market. Summing across both spot and derivatives, perhaps $30 billion a day of onshore trading and $40 billion of offshore trading takes place. Both these markets are tightly linked by arbitrage. In other words, for all practical purposes, it’s . . . → Read More: The rupee: Frequently asked questions

What in the world is happening to the rupee?

The INR/USD rate is now nudging Rs.50 to the dollar. This is a big move over a short period: a depreciation of 12.1 per cent over the 84 days from 1 July till 23 September.

What fluctuations of the INR/USD can we reasonably expect?

After the rupee became a float, so far, it has . . . → Read More: What in the world is happening to the rupee?

Jittery regimes fix prices

The puzzle

All of us are now curiously thinking about the abrupt phase transition that seems to sometimes occur in the endgame of an authoritarian regime. The traditional script was: The people rise up to rebel and the strongman murders them.

When the USSR collapsed, we thought it was special: it was a . . . → Read More: Jittery Regimes Fix Prices

Other Alpha Sources

I am not sure I buy the story that if China allowed its currency to appreciate all the world’s problems would be brushed away in one clean stroke. But I concur that the appreciation of China’s currency and indeed that of many of the big emerging markets primarily against the USD would certainly help. . . . → Read More: Other Alpha Sources for February 22, 2011

The Folly of Risking Trade War

There is a scene in Book XXI, Chapter IV, of Sir Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte D’Arthur,” which described how King Arthur waged his final battle with Sir Mordred, concluding with the utter destruction of both their armies, and leaving the latter surviving, alone. Meanwhile, the monarch still had two knights left, Sir Lucan and . . . → Read More: The Folly of Risking Trade War