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Great Graphic: China's Unit Labor Costs

September 30, 2014
It is well appreciated that Chinese wages have risen markedly over the past few years.  Inflation has also consistently run faster in China than in the US, Europe and Japan.  Some have cited this as a factor behind China's slowdown.

From a competitive point of view, what really matters is unit labor costs:  wages, benefits and productivity.  As…
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Trade and the Impact of the Stronger Dollar

September 30, 2014
With the ECB meeting and US jobs data the key events of the week, it is understandable the August US trade balance, due out Friday, is not drawing much attention.   However, the combination of the growth differentials, favoring the US, and the strong dollar lead to some concerns that trade will act as a drag on GDP.  
Last week, we learned that Q2 …
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Disappointing Euro Area and Japanese Data Underpin Greenback

September 30, 2014
Ahead of the ECB's meeting on Thursday where details of the ABS/covered bond purchase scheme are expected to be delivered, the market is particularly sensitive to developments that could spur a strong policy response.  Today's preliminary September CPI figures were seized upon to drive the euro to fresh lows, against both the dollar and st…
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Great Graphic: Thinking about Liberty and Freedom

September 29, 2014
Back in the late-1970s, a Democrat, Jeanne Kirkpatrick wrote an essay in Commentary Magazine critiquing President Carter's foreign policy.  She drew a distinction between authoritarian and totalitarian regimes.

The former, like Chile, had a market economy but not democracy.  The latter, like the Soviet Union and Cuba, had neither markets nor de…
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Brazil: Marina Losing her Edge?

September 29, 2014
(from my colleagues Dr. Win Thin and Ilan Solot)

Several variables are changing simultaneously which are hurting the prospects for Brazilian assets. The main ones are: (A) Dilma is gaining ground and Marina losing momentum faster than we expected, (B) the broad strong dollar trend hitting EM across the board, and (C) a global equity sell off. 
As …
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