Japan’s revenge

Over at Project Syndicate, Thomas Palley outlines the argument about how the yen carry trade is fuelling global asset bubbles — although Finance Minister Omi denies that Japan's low interest rates are the cause of the carry trade.Aside from rehearsing the standard arguments about how Japan's barely-over-zero interest rates contributes to global instability and the …

Continue reading Japan’s revenge

Much ado about nothing in Essen

So the meeting of G7 finance minister and central bank presidents has concluded, and, despite grumbles from the Democratic US Congress and the EU's ECOFIN about the weakness of the Japanese yen, the final statement in Essen included nothing that directly referred to Japanese monetary policy.Instead, the only country named directly in the paragraph on …

Continue reading Much ado about nothing in Essen