Assigned News Items

Note: I will list here, for most of the term, the major news items that have appeared that are relevant for the course. I will usually discuss these, if only briefly, on Tuesdays (or the following Thursdays when Tuesdays are not available). You should be sure to be familiar with them from whatever news sources you are using. Where possible, I will provide links to the items online. I will include questions about some of them on exams.

Apr 14-20

  1. US trade complaints against Mexican sugar and steel fester -- FT: 4/16 | CTools
  2. China's reserves reach $4 trillion; US objects, but declines to name China as currency manipulator -- WSJ: 4/16 | Proquest | ST&R: 4/16 | FT: 4/16 | CTools

Apr 7-13

  1. World's biggest cement companies, Swiss and French, to merge -- WSJ: 4/7 | Proquest | NYT: 4/7 | Proquest | FT: 4/7 | CTools
  2. China's trade fell in March -- WSJ: 4/10 | Proquest | NYT: 4/10 | Proquest | FT: 4/10 | CTools
  3. US warns China about currency depreciation -- WSJ: 4/7 | Proquest | FT: 4/7 | CTools

Mar 31 - Apr 6

  1. World Bank to double lending to middle-income countries -- NYT: 4/2 | Proquest
  2. US trade deficit increases -- WSJ: 4/4 | Proquest
  3. China restricts imports of pigs from US -- WSJ: 4/5 | Proquest

Mar 24-30

  1. WTO decides against China on rare earth exports -- WSJ: 3/27 | Proquest | NYT: 3/27 | Proquest | FT: 3/27 | CTools
  2. China and EU dispute Chinese subsidies in telecoms sector -- WSJ: 3/27 | Proquest | FT: 3/27 | CTools
  3. Venezuela relaxes currency regulations -- WSJ: 3/24 | Proquest | NYT: 3/25 | Proquest | FT: 3/25 | CTools

Mar 17-23

  1. Eurozone leaders agree on system to handle failing banks -- NYT: 3/20 | Proquest
  2. Zambia drops two regulations on foreign currency exchange -- FT: 3/21 | CTools
  3. Students and others in Taiwan protest trade agreement with China -- NYT: 3/19 | Proquest

Mar 10-16

  1. Some press to drop Investor-State Dispute Settlement from TTIP -- FT: 3/10 | CTools
  2. Scandal involving price fixing in foreign exchange (Forex) rates -- WSJ: 3/12 | Proquest | FT: 3/10 | CTools
  3. China loosens its currency peg -- NYT: 3/16 | Proquest

Feb 24 - Mar 9

  1. US & EU contemplate sanctions against Russia due to Ukraine/Crimea -- WSJ: 3/4 | Proquest | NYT: 3/4 | Proquest | FT: 3/7 | CTools
  2. China's currency drops in value -- WSJ: 2/25 | Proquest | Economist: 3/1 | Proquest | FT: 2/24 | CTools
  3. Bitcoin exchange, Mt Gox, suffers more than $400 million theft -- WSJ: 3/1 | Proquest | NYT: 2/25 | Proquest | FT: 2/26 | CTools

Feb 17-23

  1. Leaders of US, Canada, and Mexico met in Mexico, marking the 20th anniversary of NAFTA -- WSJ: 2/20 | Proquest | NYT: 2/19 | Proquest | FT: 2/19 | CTools
  2. France making changes to attract FDI -- NYT: 2/17 | Proquest | FT: 2/17 | CTools
  3. The US Fed issued its final rules on US operations of foreign banks -- NYT: 2/19 | Proquest | FT: 2/19 | CTools

Feb 10-16

  1. Data on China's trade are questioned -- WSJ: 2/13 | Proquest | FT: 2/13 | CTools
  2. Switzerland votes to restrict immigration -- WSJ: 2/10 | Proquest | NYT: 2/10 | Proquest | FT: 2/10 | CTools
  3. Kazakhstan devalues currency by close to 20% -- WSJ: 2/12 | Proquest | NYT: 2/12 | Proquest | FT: 2/12 | CTools
  4. US gray-market car exports to China -- NYT: 2/12 | Proquest

Feb 3-9

  1. US trade deficit increases in December -- WSJ: 2/7 | Proquest | NYT: 2/7 | Proquest
  2. Investigators probe foreign exchange (Forex) manipulation -- NYT: 2/4 | Proquest | FT: 2/4 | CTools
  3. Dutch far-right politician calls for the Netherlands to exit from EU -- WSJ: 2/6 | Proquest | FT: 2/6 | CTools

Jan 27 - Feb 2

  1. Reid opposes Fast Track -- WSJ: 1/30 | Proquest | NYT: 1/31 | Proquest | FT: 1/30 | CTools
  2. Google sells Motorola to China's Lenovo -- WSJ: 1/30 | Proquest | NYT: 1/30 | Proquest | FT: 1/30 | CTools
  3. Republicans re-open consideration of US immigration reform -- WSJ: 1/31 | Proquest | NYT: 1/28 | Proquest | FT: 2/1 | CTools

Jan 20-26

  1. Argentina currency falls sharply, causing fears for other emerging markets -- WSJ: 1/25 | Proquest | NYT: 1/25 | Proquest | FT: 1/25 | CTools
  2. World elite gather at Davos -- WSJ: 1/24 | Proquest | NYT: 1/21 | Proquest | FT: 1/22 | CTools
  3. New restrictions on electronic trade -- FT: 1/22 | CTools | FT: 1/25 | CTools

Jan 12-19

  1. US Congress fails to approve increased funds for IMF -- FT: 1/14 | CTools
  2. Indonesia bans mineral exports -- NYT: 1/12 | Proquest | FT: 1/12 | CTools
  3. US Democrats are critical of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- WSJ: 1/15 | Proquest | NYT: 1/15 | Proquest