China Bashing

This is a reprint from a column I write for a local newspaper. — JH

If you watched the last presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney you got an earful about that evil bastion of trade manipulation, China. It seems that whenever a candidate for public office is desperate to attack [...]


Slowing World Trade Q2 2011

The OECD Q2 2011 international trade report came in today showing weak results. The only bright spots were China and Brazil, but Chinese imports were very weak. As these economies slow, we would expect the big exporters to slow as well. The net trade balance (blue bar) isn’t significant, but slowing imports and exports is.