Blog Posts - Currency Manipulation



China tit for tat as Apple Computer is targeted? C'mon man!

Apple Computer sited for pollution and substandard working conditions in its factories in China!Perhaps President Obama was able to strike a nerve during his talks with Hu Jintao on the variety of topics discussed. Or perhaps China had prepared to re...
by The Political Commentator on Jan 20, 2011

US/China summit: It's go time! (Video)

Economically and militarily Obama needs to show China that the U.S. is no pushoverAs one of the United States largest creditors (China holds close to $1 trillion of treasuries), this may be easier said than done even if President Obama has the gumpti...
by The Political Commentator on Jan 19, 2011

Will soaring food/commodity prices + a struggling economy = rioting in the streets? (Video)

Update 9AM EST 1/13/11: Producer price index for December rose a greater that expected 1.1%.The scene in the picture is not occurring in the United States. It is happening in Chile because of expected increases in the price of natural gas. Other coun...
by The Political Commentator on Jan 13, 2011

xtranormal look at Chinese currency manipulation (Video)

The xtranormal bears are at it again, this time exploring Chinese currency manipulationHat tip Zero Edge...
by The Political Commentator on Jan 7, 2011

Dollar hits 15-year low

Back when I was a kid I loved faking sick to get out of school. Who didn't? The puppy dog eyes. The moan and groan. Rolling around on the floor in the fetal position. Being seriously sick, however, is not laughing matter. Sometimes your body j...
by Wall Street Oasis on Oct 15, 2010

The World Currency War begins

The world currency war. I like how that sounds. Are there any nations that still use hard currency? If so, I've got them in the office pool. In my experience, many Fiats fighting can equal one classic Yugo and nobody needs that in their driveway.
by Wall Street Oasis on Sep 27, 2010

My column on VoxEU.org

I recently wrote a column for VoxEU.org. It can be found here. Honestly, the editing made it far better than it was originally, and for that I thank Dr. Richard Baldwin, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Vox. In its own words, VoxEU.org is “a policy...
by Economic Policy & Life on Aug 14, 2010

Do you have the facts, Mr. Rajwade?

Mr. A.V. Rajwade is at it again. In his column, he argues that India’s exchange rate policy is braver than China’s while China’s policy is wiser. Whether a weak currency policy is wisdom or not is another matter altogether and having written ab...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jul 11, 2010

The “threat” from austerity

If one were to read blogs and columns of, well, pretty eminent US economists, one would be forgiven for thinking that the next major threat to global recovery was Germany. When Angela Merkel announced that the German Government would strive to achiev...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jun 24, 2010

The Economics of Plenty - II

In my previous post, I argued for India discarding its existing economic policies formulated in times of shortages. India’s problems have changed and we now face a problem of plenty, especially when it comes to foreign exchange inflows. Capital i...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jun 17, 2010

The Economics of Plenty - II

In my previous post, I argued for India discarding its existing economic policies formulated in times of shortages. India’s problems have changed and we now face a problem of plenty, especially when it comes to foreign exchange inflows. Capital i...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jun 17, 2010

An Exchange Rate Policy for India

After many attempts at trying to convince the RBI to elucidate the exchange rate policy for India, Mr. A V Rajwade, a noted and respected foreign exchange expert, decided to do it himself. As mentioned in the second of his series (Exchange Rate Polic...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 7, 2010

An Exchange Rate Policy for India

After many attempts at trying to convince the RBI to elucidate the exchange rate policy for India, Mr. A V Rajwade, a noted and respected foreign exchange expert, decided to do it himself. As mentioned in the second of his series (Exchange Rate Polic...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 7, 2010

Just what is our currency worth?

In the broadest sense of the word, it was possible to ascribe an absolute value to currencies as recently as 1971. However, it was only till the Great Depression of 1929 that this valuation was at it’s purest. In the pre-1929 era, the obligation...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 5, 2010

Just what is our currency worth?

In the broadest sense of the word, it was possible to ascribe an absolute value to currencies as recently as 1971. However, it was only till the Great Depression of 1929 that this valuation was at it’s purest. In the pre-1929 era, the obligation...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 5, 2010

Is the REER model of any use?

Every day, in the context of Exchange Rate management in India, one comes across proponents of a model called REER. REER has been, and continues to be used to justify a weak Rupee without regard to the fact that it is an inherently flawed model which...
by Economic Policy & Life on Apr 30, 2010

A Ray of Hope…

Mr. Anand Sharma, Minister for Commerce & Industry, said yesterday that the RBI need not intervene in the Forex Market to counter Rupee appreciation “right now”. This, despite the Rupee appreciating by close to 5% since the beginning of the...
by Economic Policy & Life on Apr 30, 2010

Is the REER model of any use?

Every day, in the context of Exchange Rate management in India, one comes across proponents of a model called REER. REER has been, and continues to be used to justify a weak Rupee without regard to the fact that it is an inherently flawed model which...
by Economic Policy & Life on Apr 30, 2010

A Ray of Hope…

Mr. Anand Sharma, Minister for Commerce & Industry, said yesterday that the RBI need not intervene in the Forex Market to counter Rupee appreciation “right now”. This, despite the Rupee appreciating by close to 5% since the beginning of the...
by Economic Policy & Life on Apr 30, 2010

Backdoor Monetization?

In fiscal and economic policy parlance, monetization of fiscal deficit is broadly defined as the creation of money by the Central Bank to fund the fiscal deficit of the Government. The money so created is normally provided to the Government by the Ce...
by Economic Policy & Life on Apr 28, 2010


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