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Rising Sun or Just Another Day?

April 07, 2006
Japan is emerging from an economic period that is largely comparable with the US Great Depression. The Bank of Japan has signaled an end to its quantitative easing strategy under which it provided something on the magnitude of 5-6 times the amount of liquidity Japanese banks required. It has slowly begun reducing that excess liquidity.
The gradual …
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Capital Thoughts as Q1 Winds Down

March 24, 2006
The first quarter is winding down. For most investors it has been a good quarter. The performance of the US stock indices have risen more than they did all last year. Major bourses in Continental European bourses, like Germany, France, and Italy rose 10% thus far. The UK’s FTSE posted a respectable 7% gain. Japan’s Nikkei was rallied nearly 40% in…
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Don't Discount the Dollar

March 17, 2006
The US dollar has fallen about 2.25% against the euro and the yen over the past week, its poorest weekly performance in a couple of months. Every one has their own pet theory to explain the move, but the risk is that the move has been exaggerated and that a more stable dollar tone will emerge in the coming days.
Many explanations of the dollar’s sl…
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The Dollar and Emerging Markets - Is the Rally Over?

March 10, 2006
As the first quarter winds down, the sharp rise in G7 interest rates, especially in the US and Europe, and expectations of future tightening of monetary policy, have undermined equity markets and sparked a violent sell-off in many emerging markets.
There are two key concerns for investors. The first relates to the outlook for the US dollar. Can the…
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New Dollar Update

February 28, 2006
The bullish dollar case I argued remains intact as February draws to a close. The bull case was based on a conviction of the underlying resilience of the US economy, which in turn would prompt more Fed tightening that the market appreciated. Widening interest rate differentials would lend support to the greenback.
At the end of last year, the marke…
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Great Another G8

February 10, 2006
Hosted by Russia, the leading industrialized nations will meet this weekend. There is no reason to expect new initiatives that would impact the global capital markets and especially the foreign exchange market. Energy and Iran appear more salient for policy makers than the markets per se.
There was trial balloon floated by the US for the IMF to tak…
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Dollar Bull Case Updated

February 03, 2006
Last week we outlined a bullish case for the US dollar. It was predicated on US economic data confirming that the soft Q4 05 GDP was a fluke and that the economy was off to a sufficiently robust start of the year to absorb more the diminishing slack in the economy. This in turn would compel the market to re-think the likely trajectory of Fed tight…
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The Bull Case for the Dollar

January 27, 2006
The disappointing Q4 2005 US GDP report and the subsequent dollar decline is unlikely to have a lasting impact on the market. In fact, there are good reasons to expect the US dollar to strengthen in the days ahead.
The 1.1% pace of growth in Q4 2005 was the slowest since Q1 03 and breaks the string of 10 consecutive quarters of 3%+ growth. Neverthe…
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Hot and Cold Money

January 20, 2006
There may be a general misunderstanding about two issues regarding capital mobility that emerged this week. The first involves how East Asia is coping with the deluge of foreign investment flowing into the region’s equity markets. The second is the apparent Iranian decision to move their investments out of Europe for fear that if sanctions are imp…
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