For the last four years, Jose Juan Ruiz has been chief economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the largest multilateral development aid agency in the region, surpassing the World Bank. Despite the fact LatAm has suffered a massive shock, one of the biggest differences this time round compared to previous slowdowns is that the region has $600 billion of international reserves.
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Julius Sen, Academic Director at the London School of Economics thinks that “we have a flexible model. The market knows it and plays with it, forcing looser monetary policies and tight fiscal policies with the stability pact in Europe and the ‘sequester’ in the US. Sen claims that “there will be debt reliefs in some eurozone countries.”
It’s like a curse. Every time a central bank raises interest rates, it has to retract. Sometimes it’s because the move has been precipitative. Three weeks after the Fed decided to raise rates, oil prices and the Chinese stock market tumbled in unison and Wall Street started a correction. So had the Fed been too hasty?
From July 2014 to date, the dollar has risen by 17% and this increase is one of the reasons why the U.S. economy registered paltry growth of only 2% y-o-y in the third quarter. But the market thinks that the strong dollar is here to stay and it is becoming a factor that US policymakers must consider.
WASHINGTON | When were US $92 million worth US $22 billion? On July 26, 2015. That was the day when Amazon presented its second quarter earnings.
CANCUN (MEXICO) | A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” the Federal Reserve did not even announce its interest rate movements. Fed watchers had to infer the lending policy of the world’s most powerful central bank just by painstakingly perusing the documents–release, obviously, in paper–of the Fed’s open market operations.
WASHINGTON D.C. | March 18, 2015 | By Pablo Pardo | On December 19, 2008, George W. Bush announced that the US would allocate $13.4 billion to rescue General Motors. Between April 22 and June 1, 2009, Barack Obama provided the company with $36.1. In the end, the state ended up with a 61% of the stake of what is still the second largest car manufacturer in the world.
WASHINGTON | March 2, 2015 | By Pablo Pardo | Neil Irwin believes central bankers are the real heroes of the economic crisis that continues to bog down the eurozone. In his book ‘The alchemists’, the New York Times senior correspondent paints Ben Bernanke as a hero and ECB’s Jean-Claude Trichet, as one of the greatest villains.
WASHINGTON | By Pablo Pardo | Guess which country pioneered Quantitative Easing in Europe… Exactly: Germany!
WASHINGTON | By Pablo Pardo | Steven Cohen, James Simmons, Ray Dalio, John Paulson… And, above all, of course, Julian Robertson and George Soros. Hedge fund managers have been lionized, adored, despised and hated. And for good reason: the success of those investment vehicles is unparalleled. According to the New York Times, there are currently 10,000 hedge funds in the world, and the number is growing, with assets worth $2.8 trillion (€2.2 trillion).