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Global finance officials argue benefits of free trade at IMF/World Bank meet in Washington

via The Japan Times    Apr 22, 2017

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso speaks during a news conference in Washington on Friday. | AFP-JIJI

The world’s major economies are united in their belief that free trade delivers healthy economic growth. But they also agree that more needs to be ...

Aso and Mnuchin agree currency should be handled by finance chiefs

via The Japan Times    Apr 21, 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Taro Aso meets with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday in Washington. | AFP-JIJI

The finance chiefs of Japan and the United States agreed Thursday that currency issues should be handled at their level, downplaying comments from U.S. President Donald Trump that the dollar was ge...

Kuroda says BOJ purchase pace to continue for some time

By James Mayger,Francine Lacqua
- via The Japan Times    Apr 21, 2017

BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said the bank will continue with very accommodative monetary policy and maintain the current pace of asset purchases for some time. | BLOOMBERG

The Bank of Japan will continue with very accommodative monetary policy and maintain the current pace of asset purchases for some time, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said in an interview. While Japan’...

IMF raises 2017 world growth forecast to 3.5%, Japan to 1.2%

via The Japan Times    Apr 18, 2017

The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday it forecasts world economic growth to rise by 0.1 point to 3.5 percent for 2017, with growth for the United States unchanged at 2.3 percent and that for...

Trump walks back campaign threat to call China a currency manipulator, may keep Yellen

via The Japan Times    Apr 13, 2017

Backing away from a campaign pledge, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration won’t label China a currency manipulator in a report due this week, though he does think the...

Dollar slides after Trump says currency ‘getting too strong’

via The Japan Times    Apr 13, 2017

A foreign exchange board shows the dollar's fall to ¥108, its lowest level in five months, in Tokyo on Thursday. | KYODO

The dollar slumped broadly on Thursday, falling to a five-month low against the yen, after U.S. President Donald Trump helped accelerate its recent decline by saying the currency was too strong. Th...

Turkey and the Taper Tantrum

By Nicholas Spiro
- via Foreign Affairs    Oct 14, 2014

Graffiti of Erdogan on the windows of a bank office at Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 8, 2013.  (Stoyan Nenov / Courtesy Reuters)

Modi and Jokowi's Lessons for Erdogan October 14, 2014 Nicholas Spiro Summary:  Fed policy is once again revealing which emerging markets have strengthened their defenses against a tight...

Foreign Affairs Focus: Benn Steil on Fed Policy

By Gideon Rose,Benn Steil
- via Foreign Affairs    Aug 06, 2014

August 6, 2014 Did U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke cause the Ukraine crisis? "You can certainly say that Bernanke was at least the butterfly wings that precipitated the crisis," argues Ben...

Taper Trouble

By Benn Steil
- via Foreign Affairs    Jun 17, 2014

The International Consequences of Fed Policy June 16, 2014 Benn Steil Summary:  In today’s dollar-dominated financial system, changes in U.S. monetary policy can have immediate and significan...

The Rupee Dilemma

By Neil K. Shenai
- via Foreign Affairs    Apr 30, 2014

Detail of a ten rupee note. (Tehusagent / Flickr)

Is the United States Responsible for India's Economic Problems? April 30, 2014 Neil K. Shenai Summary:  India's economy is hampered by slow growth, a widening current account deficit, an...




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