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‘Currency instability’ should NOT be a concern for Canada

‘Currency instability’ should NOT be a concern for Canada

The commodity currencies of the world continues to take a beating on the back of the sharp drop in oil prices. This is now causing some to fear "currency instability". Just these this story from Canada's Financial Post:

Yellen's recession and that horrible Phillips Curve

Yellen's recession and that horrible Phillips Curve

The global stock markets are taking yet another beating today and as I am writing this S&P500 is down nearly 3.5% and the latest round of US macroeconomic data shows relatively sharp slowdown in the US economic activity and more and more commentators and market participants are now openly taking about the risk of a US recession in the coming quarters.

Webinar on China, the Renminbi, and the IMF's Special Drawing Rights

Webinar on China, the Renminbi, and the IMF's Special Drawing Rights

The Bretton Woods Committee is hosting what I think will be a very interesting Webinar on "China, the Renminbi, and the IMF's Special Drawing Rights".

Larry Kudlow is of course right - the Fed should not base policy on labour

Larry Kudlow is of course right - the Fed should not base policy on labour

Watch this wonderful rant from legendary economist and commentary Larry Kudlow.

Fear strikes policymakers as ‘dollar bloc’ begins to unravel

Fear strikes policymakers as ‘dollar bloc’ begins to unravel

I am happy to announce that I in the future will be contributing to Geopolitical Information Service (GIS).

Inching closer to a US recession, while Yellen is eager to hike

Inching closer to a US recession, while Yellen is eager to hike

Today we got the Minutes from the December 15-16 FOMC meeting where the Fed hiked interest rates.  That in itself is not terribly interesting and there is not much news in the Minutes to shock the markets.

PBoC should stop the silliness and float the RMB

PBoC should stop the silliness and float the RMB

This is morning we got this news (from Bloomberg):

A horrible start to the year

A horrible start to the year

It has been a horrible start to the year - a sharp escalation of geopolitical tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have sent shock waves through the global stock markets today. In China trading was suspended as stocks fell 7% and we have also seen sharp sell-offs in the European stock markets today.

A fistful of intellectual power: Goodbye Edward Hugh, R.I.P

A fistful of intellectual power: Goodbye Edward Hugh, R.I.P

Tonight I got the very sad news that British-Catalan economist Edward Hugh has passed away.

Do economists know what will happen in 2016?

Do economists know what will happen in 2016?

For the last couple of months I have been writing a weekly column for the Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið. I enjoy it a lot. First of all it keeps me in contact with Iceland - a country that since 2006 has been an important part of my professional and personal life. Second, it is a good alternative to my blog where I mostly focus on monetary policy.

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