from Global Investing:

Watanabes shop for Brazilian real, Mexican peso

December 19, 2013

Are Mr and Mrs Watanabe preparing to return to emerging markets in a big way?

Mom and pop Japanese investors, collectively been dubbed the Watanabes, last month snapped up a large volume of uridashi bonds (bonds in foreign currencies marketed to small-time Japanese investors),  and sales of Brazilian real uridashi rose last month to the highest since July 2010, Barclays analysts say, citing official data.

For workers, the long run has arrived in Latin America

August 19, 2013

The outlook for emerging market economies over the next decade looks more challenging as long-term interest rates start to bottom out in the United States. Here is another complicating factor: ageing populations.

from Global Investing:

Show us the (Japanese) money

April 30, 2013

Where is the Japanese money? Mostly it has been heading back to home shores as we wrote here yesterday.

Losing the gold medal in football – and economics

August 14, 2012

Noe Torres and Jean Luis Arce contributed to this post. Blog updated Sept 5 to add Q2 GDP data for Brazil and Mexico.

Monetary policy as a skimpy spare tire

April 23, 2012

Central bankers have said repeatedly since the start of the global financial crisis that monetary policy can only do so much to heal a broken economy. Agustín Carstens, president of Mexico’s central bank, chose an interesting analogy at an IMF event this weekend to describe the adjustment needed in countries with very high debt levels:

Carstens says Mexican peso undervalued

September 24, 2011

Mexico Central Bank Governor Agustin Carstens spoke to Reuters Insider on the sidelines of this year’s IMF/G20 meetings. He said the peso, which like many other emerging market currencies has taken a drubbing with the dollar’s recent rally, is undervalued. But unlike in Brazil, where an even more volatile exchange rate has prompted the monetary authorities to step in, Carstens said Mexico does not see the need to intervene.

Spain to vote for Carstens at IMF, but heart not in it

May 31, 2011

Carstens and Lagarde in earlier days

Mexico has won Spain’s vote in the leadership contest for the International Monetary Fund. Or rather, it appears Mexico is effectively telling Spain how it will vote. Of course, Spain’s problem is that it doesn’t really have a vote.

from Davos Notebook:

Will Goldman’s new BRICwork stand up?

January 17, 2011

RTXWLHHJim O'Neill, the Goldman Sachs economist who coined the term BRICs back in 2001, is adding four new countries to the elite club of emerging market economies. But does his new edifice have the same solid foundations?

from Route to Recovery:

The most unemployed town in America — or is it?

November 4, 2009

ROUTE-RECOVERY/If you’re looking for ground zero in America’s longest and deepest recession, El Centro in southern California appears on first glance to fit the bill.

Winners in a trade war

February 11, 2009

Trade protectionism – or at least the threat of it — has raised it head as the global economy has declined, bringing with it all the historical fears about the Great Depression. Consider the flurry of concern about a “Buy American” clause in one of the U.S. stimulus bills.