viernes, 25 de marzo de 2011

Maps, maps and more maps

A fascinating series of maps based on the results of the 2010 US census, from changes in vacant housing units to population and more...

jueves, 24 de marzo de 2011

Who holds a passport in the US?

The following picture shows passport ownership by state in the US. It's worth bearing in mind when assessing declarations on US foreign policy made by governors, senators and representatives...

jueves, 17 de marzo de 2011

Fallout is not limited to Japan

A UN forecast projects that the radioactive plume from Japan could reach southern California by late tomorrow, Friday. For more, see the following article from the New York Times.

viernes, 11 de marzo de 2011


The gross fixed investment (GFI) figures for December were published today, ten weeks after the year ended. GFI rose a less than impressive 2.3% last year. While GDP (in current pesos) might have recovered its 2008 by the final quarter of 2100, GFI certainly wasn't driving the recovery. Last year's meager gain only barely began to make inroads against 2009's 10.1% fall. 

GFI in machinery and equipment began to recover from its 21.0% plunge in 2009, rising 4.3% last year. Construction, the other main component of GFI, gained 1.2% in 2010, after falling 2.3% in 2009.

GFI in machinery and equipment is divided into imported and nationally-produced machinery and equipment. Nationally-produced machinery and equipment climbed 13.3% in 2010, its fastest growth rate in seven years; in 2009, it dropped 18.7%. Imported machinery and equipment inched up a mere 0.8% in 2010 after plummeting 22.0% in 2009. It will be interesting to see if this is a one-time effect or presages a switch in sourcing.

jueves, 10 de marzo de 2011

Interview with Ambassador Davidow

On Tuesday I gave a "Tequila Talk" at the Institute of the Americas. (Yes, they did serve tequila.) To see the interview, just click on the following link:

lunes, 7 de marzo de 2011

Monetary policy...

As expected, Banco de Mexico held the Mexican reference rate steady at 4.50% last Friday, the level at which it has stood since August of 2009. Although the one-month Cete rate popped up to 4.22% in the weekly primary auction six days ago, it remains well below the reference rate. It's worth bearing in mind that the level of average weekly demand has declined noticeably as the one-month rate has hovered closer to 4.0% than 4.5%.