Economics News with a Historical Perspective
October 1, 2014
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Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM)
1998. LTCM, founded by former Salomon Brothers chief bond trader John Meriwether, included Nobel Prize-winning economists Myron Scholes and Robert Merton among its brain trust. For a time LTCM achieved excellent returns for its investors, and at its peak managed $7.5 billion.
Canada Nearly Breaks Up
October 30, 1995. Quebec voters responded to a referendum asking the question "Do you agree that Quebec should become sovereign, after having made a formal offer to Canada for a new economic and political partnership...", with a 49.5% vote for "yes" and a 50.5% vote for "no." The mechanism to dissolve the Canadian government and create two or more separate countries thus failed by half a percentage point. From an economic perspective, we can measure the risk this event posed to the Canadian financial markets by looking the spread between Canadian and U.S. bond yields.
Mexican Peso Plummets
December 20, 1994. The Mexican government's commitment to hold the peso/dollar exchange rate fixed (within a band) came to an end abruptly on December 20, 1994. Within 10 days of attempting to devalue the peso by 15%, the Mexican government ran out of international reserves and was forced to let the peso float. Within 90 days, the peso had lost 50% of its value.
The Classic Economic Models
The Classical Economic Models collection for the EconModel program includes sixteen of the most important models in microeconomics and macroeconomics. A web browser user interface makes it possible for beginning users to actively work with the models, drawing and shifting curves in an on-screen version of a chalkboard session.
Additional models of interest are available at Classic Economic Models.
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