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China should float the renminbi

China should float the renminbi

The big news of the day is that the Chinese authorities have allowed the renminbi to depreciate by 2%. This has triggered the normal sensationalist warnings about an upcoming "currency war".

Yellen should re-read Friedman's "The Role of Monetary Policy" and lay the Phillips curve to rest

Yellen should re-read Friedman's "The Role of Monetary Policy" and lay the Phillips curve to rest

It is the same thing every month - anybody seriously interested in financial markets and the global economy are sitting and waiting for the US labour market report to come out even though the numbers are notoriously unstable and unreliable.

NBER paper: "On the Desirability of Nominal GDP Targeting"

NBER paper: "On the Desirability of Nominal GDP Targeting"

I should really read this paper and so should you....

Horror graph of the week - Greek PMI collapses

Horror graph of the week - Greek PMI collapses

If you ever read Friedman and Schwartz's "A Monetary History of the United States" you know what happens when a central bank fails to act as a lender-of-last resort in the event of a bank run and/or at the same time fails to offset the impact on broad money growth of such bank run.

Christensen on Tour – I will be in the US in October

Christensen on Tour – I will be in the US in October

It surely has been some very interesting and busy months since I in May resigned from Danske Bank to start my own business. In this post I want to share with you a bit of the things I am doing and planning to do in the future.

The market's message to Yellen: You have become too hawkish

The market's message to Yellen: You have become too hawkish

Recently the communication from the Federal Reserve seems to have become more hawkish. It all started on July 15 when Fed chair Janet Yellen testified in front of the House Financial Services Committee. Yellen among other things said:

A simple measure of European political instability - yes, Greece tops the ranking

A simple measure of European political instability - yes, Greece tops the ranking

The escalation of the greek crisis recently has made me think about the connection between the economic development, austerity and political uncertainty. Unfortunately we don't have a commonly accepted measure of political uncertainty or political instability.

Milton Friedman expresses his sympathy for Syriza supporters and his dislike of the "gnomes in Brussels"

Milton Friedman expresses his sympathy for Syriza supporters and his dislike of the "gnomes in Brussels"

BREAKING NEWS! I have found a comment from Milton Friedman on the present Greek crisis in, which he expresses, his sympathies for Syriza supporters:

Talking to Joe and Alix about why "Euro Membership (is) Preventing Finland from Thriving"

Talking to Joe and Alix about why "Euro Membership (is) Preventing Finland from Thriving"

Tonight I have been on Bloomberg TV talking to Alix Steel and Joe Weisenthal about Finland and the euro. See my interview here.

Peggers and floaters - the story of five Nordic countries

Peggers and floaters - the story of five Nordic countries

There was a time when the Scandinavian countries had a currency union of their own. However, today the Nordic countries have chosen difference monetary regimes. Sweden, Norway and Iceland have floating exchange rates and inflation targeting, while Finland has joined the euro zone and Denmark is pegging the krone to the euro.

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