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Dr. Michael Ivanovitch is an independent analyst focusing on world economy, geopolitics and investment strategy. He served as a senior economist at the OECD in Paris, international economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and taught economics at Columbia Business School. 
Daily updates on world economy
U.S. will avoid recession only if it can control food and energy prices.
Germany’s economic mismanagement is a huge problem for E.U. economy.
U.S.-China relations remain in a deeply hostile competitive mode.
The weak yen is an effort to restore Japan’s export-led growth.
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Recent Essays

World Trade Grows Along Geopolitical Fault Lines

The wars in Europe and in the Middle East, ongoing military confrontations in the South China Sea and nuclear capable ballistic missile firings on the Korean Peninsula are all part of a global fight between West’s “liberal democracies” and “autocratic societies.” There is nothing “hybrid” or “proxy” here. It’s a shooting war -- with nukes […]

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The Yen Is Undermined by Structural Problems of Japanese Economy

Widespread market comments that a 5.3 percentage points interest rate differential favoring dollar assets is the main source of the yen’s intractable weakness is a typical simplification of Japan’s enduring and deep-rooted economic problems. The first symptoms of Japan’s deteriorating economic outlook emerged when its public debt as a share of GDP doubled to 80% […]

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U.S.-China Relations Are Opening a New Page in World Order

Military confrontations unfolding in Europe, Middle East and East Asia all come down to one crucially important bilateral relationship. Unable to put an end to those rapidly spreading wildfires, Washington is turning to Beijing for cooperation while leveling allegations that China is using “non-market” practices to manipulate the world system of commerce and finance. That, […]

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Worry Not About East Asia – Europe Is a Smoldering Powder Keg

A peaceful and prosperous East Asia is coalescing around a steadily growing Chinese economy and the region’s determination to foster cooperation and amity. ASEAN (ten Southeast Asian countries) and China now represent one-fourth of the world population and one-fifth of the global GDP. That huge and increasingly compact economic area follows its own business cycle […]

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Excessive Public Debt Relegates the U.S. to a Slow Growth Lane

It will take quite a bit of revenue raising and spending cuts just to stop the progression of America’s current $1.7 trillion budget deficits -- accounting for 6.3% of GDP. No political party contending for power in next November’s elections has made this national emergency part of its campaigning platform. But the strictly nonpartisan Congressional […]

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Asian Trade Is Expanding Despite Geopolitical Tensions

“We don’t do sanctions …” was a calm response, with a disarming smile, of an ASEAN (an association of ten Southeast Asian nations) official to western demands to punish and expel one of its member-countries allegedly violating a democratic code of statecraft. Americans and Europeans were also startled when ASEAN refused to yield to western […]

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China Is Open for Business

Ever since China’s paramount leader Deng Xiao Ping began his relentless drive for economic development in late 1970s, Beijing has been offering a de-risking masterclass on trade and incoming foreign direct investments. And the long march from sweatshops and smokestacks to productive agriculture, hi-tech manufacturing, modern infrastructure, “anti-access, area denial (A2AD)” defenses, moon shots and […]

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America’s Monetary, Fiscal and Trade Policies Must – and Will – Change

The economy is currently held together by a roughly neutral monetary policy that ignores inflation and monetizes an irresponsibly loose fiscal policy. The markets and the mainstream media are supporting the idea that we shall somehow muddle through the next elections in early November. After that – we shall see. Some might even say, like […]

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Geopolitical Trade Fragmentation Is Amplifying

Trade and investment flows between the U.S.-led West and the Global South – represented by the BRICS – are drying up in an increasingly direct, proxy and hybrid warfare. Ideological and political underpinnings to this epochal change of world economy stems from the U.S. assessment that its “rules based international order” is challenged by Russia […]

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The G20 Should Remain an Economic Policy Coordination Forum

Last Wednesday, Brazil’s G20 presidency opened up as a slugfest about global governance – a totally inappropriate agenda item for the world’s only economic forum. Predictably, a gathering of foreign ministers (sic) had nothing to say about the ailing developed economies and their systematic macroeconomic mismanagement. That, clearly, was not their brief. The only thing […]

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Japan and Indonesia Show a Sharply Contrasting Growth Outlook in East Asia

The world’s largest archipelago, consisting of 18 thousand islands and islets, is home to 278 millions of Indonesians and an economy that has grown at an average annual rate of 5% since the turn of the millennium. Over the same period, Japan’s economy lost its forward momentum under an increasing burden of unresolved structural problems, […]

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The European Trading Bloc Is Mired in a Structural Stagnation

There was no economic growth in the European monetary union last year. And, on current evidence, the outlook is for a much worse downturn in the months ahead. The euro area’s monetary policy cannot help. The core inflation of nearly 4% and unit labor costs of 5.5% offer no room for increasing supplies of cheaper […]

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World Economy Needs Wise Political Leadership

America’s current monetary management is a bright spot in global economic affairs. Struggling with a horrendous legacy of errors that led to the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession, followed by a long period of subsequent extraordinary credit creation, the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) is still trying to “normalize” its support to economic […]

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U.S. Trade Is Fragmenting Along the Global Security Fault Lines

Almost two-thirds of American foreign trade transactions in the first eleven months of this year took place with friends and treaty allies. Canada and Mexico account for about one-third of the U.S. foreign trade business, and there is every reason to expect that those two countries will remain America’s largest trade partners – regardless of […]

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Weak U.S. Economic Fundamentals Are a Big Policy Challenge

Jobs and incomes are America’s principal election issues. This time will be no different, although wars in Europe and in the Middle East, the chaos of illegal immigration and drug smuggling along the border with Mexico will register with American voters. The real election mover, however, will remain Reagan’s iconic one-liner that made all the […]

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