Fed-engineered recession may speed dollar bloc’s collapse

Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2016: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at a Senate hearing on the Fed’s monetary policy (source: dpa)
Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2016: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at a Senate hearing on the Fed’s monetary policy (source: dpa)

The year has not started well for global financial markets. Undoubtedly, one reason that stocks have slumped is that the United States Federal Reserve under Janet Yellen has started to raise interest rates and signaled that more hikes are coming.

The hawkish stance of Ms. Yellen’s Fed not only risks derailing the U.S. economy and throwing it back into recession, but it could also exacerbate the tensions observable for some time within what we have called the “dollar bloc.”

Trouble with the curve

For the past six months, Ms....

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