The Accounting Cycle and Financial Bubbles: On the Current Indifference on Accounting Methods

By Olav Dirkmaat on September 25, 2017

As long as the stock market is booming, businesses get away with shady accounting practices. What do the recent cases of Netflix, Tesla and Alphabet suggest about what phase of the business cycle we are in?

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US GDP Growth a Solid 3%, But Is Trouble Ahead?

By Olav Dirkmaat on September 4, 2017

The US economy is growing at a 3% annual rate. But are things as they seem?

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Bank of Mexico: Bread Today, Hunger Tomorrow

By Edgar Ortiz on August 14, 2017

This year Banxico will report operating losses and the Mexican government will no longer have another “gift” in 2018.

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How OPEC Became Irrelevant: Traditional Oil Producing Countries Still Fail to Face the New Reality

By Olav Dirkmaat on June 13, 2017

The large traditional oil-producing countries — both OPEC and non-OPEC — are still catching up with the new reality. After deciding to extend the production cuts — agreed upon half a year ago — for another nine months, oil prices plunged below $50/barrel. Not quite the effect these oil giants were hoping for, but nothing out of the ordinary. After all, the fact is that supply and demand dynamics in the oil market have changed for good.

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Does the Fed Follow Its Own Rules?

By Daniel Fernández on May 22, 2017

One of the most interesting discussions in the field of monetary theory concerns the role central banks play in the economy. There are multiple views regarding different issues: from questioning the mere existence of the central bank to the actual role a central bank should take.

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Cheap Oil and Why OPEC Can’t Do Anything About It

By Edgar Ortiz on May 4, 2017

Beyond the behavior of speculators or OPEC—which some consider a cartel, if there is anything we can learn is that the fall in oil prices responds to the forces of supply and demand. On the demand side, lower economic activity throughout the world, specially in China, has lowered the price of oil. Projections by the International Energy Agency show how demand weakened in 2014, although it rebounded in 2016.

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Beyond the Bitcoin Hype: Limitations of Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology

By Olav Dirkmaat on May 1, 2017

A lot has been written about the benefits of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Blockchain technology will no doubt revolutionize the world. It should be no coincidence that one of our recent guests to Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Nick Szabo, has labeled blockchain technology “the Napster of finance.” While recognizing the value of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology,

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Mexico’s Complex Investment Panorama

By Jorge Eduardo García García on April 19, 2017

Mexico is going through a complex scenario, both in its internal and external environment. Last year was one of the most complicated ones for the Mexican peso. And things remain unclear for 2017: external factors influenced mainly by the US electoral process and its outcome have compromised Mexico’s economic performance.

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Are Oil Prices to Blame for the Venezuelan Crisis?

By Daniel Fernández on April 19, 2017

Many analysts are venturing to link the crisis that plagues the Venezuelan economy with the fall in the price of crude oil. With oil being one of the most important commodity in Venezuelan production and the country’s main export product, it seems that the fall in the price would bring any country with an economic structure similar to Venezuela’s into a crisis. Similarly, many assume that the problems in Ecuador have the same root as those in Venezuela, although less pronounced.

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Correa’s Ecuador Versus Peru

By Edgar Ortiz on March 29, 2017

It seems that 2006 was a long time ago—the year when Rafael Correa was not yet president of Ecuador. Nevertheless, there was an Ecuador before him: a troubled country that had seven presidents in only 10 years. With elections just around the corner, what economic model will mostly benefit Ecuadorians?

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