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In doubling yuan trading band, China aggravates foreign investor concernsReuters: Economic News | March 16, 2014SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese central bank's decision to relax its grip on the yuan has been welcomed as a sign of financial liberalization, but it is aggravating concerns among foreign executives...[FULL STORY]
Ukraine’s Odious Bonds: Part IIRealTime Economic Issues Watch | March 14, 2014In an earlier post, I suggested that the United Kingdom should refuse to enforce $3 billion in English-law Ukrainian bonds sold to Russia just before President Viktor Yanukovych fled the coop. This debt is special for two reasons. First, it came about as a...[FULL STORY]
Gary Burtless: Some Firms Will Find Ways to Evade Proposed Obama Overtime Pay RulesBrookings: Topics - U.S. Economic Performance | March 13, 2014President Obama has directed the Labor Department to review and update regulations under the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA)—which establishes the national minimum...[FULL STORY]
New Zealand’s politics: Flag fallThe Economist: Asia | March 13, 2014John Key takes his case to the country
WHEN he announced September 20th as the date for the next election, New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, highlighted the difficulties of forming the next government. The country has a voting system of proportional representation much like Germany’s, and a party leader...[FULL STORY]
Kenya: Trotting aheadThe Economist: Middle East and Africa | March 13, 2014AS THE sun goes down over Nairobi, a new rich set of T-shirt-wearing Kenyans, most of them black and in their 30s, roar with laughter as they...[FULL STORY]
Canadian erotica: Don’t screw with themThe Economist: The Americas | March 13, 2014CANADA’S broadcasting regulator takes its job seriously. One of its tasks is fending off American cultural domination by enforcing a requirement that radio stations and television channels air a minimum proportion...[FULL STORY]
Poland’s economy: Can do even betterThe Economist: Europe | March 13, 2014“EVERYTHING depends on what happens in the east,” said Janusz Piechocinski, Poland’s economy minister, in a recent interview on Polish radio. Around one-fifth of Poland’s exports go to neighbouring Ukraine and Russia, thousands of...[FULL STORY]
Guest Blogger Nathan Brooks, Tea Party in Boston? Sorry, I won’t make it because I can’t afford the airline ticketLarry Davidson's Thoughts on Macro and Other Stuff | March 11, 2014Nathan Brooks has worked for over 15 years in the travel business, with stints in airlines, hotels and travel agencies. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Kelley School of Business MBA program, despite the best efforts of Dr. Davidson.When I was in...[FULL STORY]
Crimea Votes Overwhelmingly to Rejoin Russia; Truce Until March 21; Goodbye Hryvnia, Hello Ruble; McCain Wants Military Aid for UkraineMish's Global Economic Trend Analysis | March 16, 2014Crimea returns to Russia It's a done deal. Nothing can be done about it. An Exit poll shows Crimeans Choose to Join Russia...[FULL STORY]
Support Advanced Manufacturing Innovation!Jerry Jasinowski | March 10, 2014President Obama's manufacturing initiative, centering on regional "hubs" where advanced concepts will be developed, is evoking yawns from Republicans in Congress and only scattered support from business, but it strikes me as an excellent concept and one the business community should rally behind. In...[FULL STORY]
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A China specialist at the Cato Institute, Jim writes on international trade and human rights, economic reform, and the future of money.
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