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Friday December 3rd, 2021
Bellwether

How to fix Sri Lanka's monetary and debt crisis, avoid sudden stop event: Bellwether

Sri Lanka is facing a monumental state failure after denying economic and civil freedoms for decades, destroying Sri Lan...

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Solving Sri Lanka's debt and monetary crisis sans the IMF, like Japan, Malaysia: Bellwether

The question is often asked whether Sri Lanka do without an International Monetary Fund program. It is certainly possi...

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Sri Lanka facing 2021 with reckless MMT, stimulus mania: Bellwether

Sri Lanka is heading for one of the biggest economic challenges in its history in 2021, with the central bank printing m...

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Why Sri Lanka cannot be a Singapore, a Chief Festus budget: Bellwether

Sri Lanka aspired to be a Singapore after liberalizing trade and ending a closed economy of the 1970s, but it all failed...

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Sri Lanka economy bought to tipping point by monetary fallacies: Bellwether

Mercantilist fallacies have devasted countries at peace

Sri Lanka to pick losers as omniscient elites drive interventionism to extremes: Bellwether

'A new type of superstition has got hold of people's minds, the worship of the state'

Sri Lanka goes from boom-bust to bust-bust with soft-peg: Bellwether

Sri Lanka is going from boom-bust to bust-bust in this credit cycle despite the injection of excess demand into the econ...

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Productive workers in Sri Lanka trapped between neo-serfdom and Samurai graduates: Bellwether

Sri Lanka's toiling workers in the private sector who stand on their own feet are an unfortunate lot, caught between a n...

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Sri Lanka has to reform soft-peg to avoid monetary instability, default: Bellwether

In 2018 instability generated by an inconsistent monetary policy framework not only killed a nascent economic recovery t...

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What went wrong; Sri Lanka's illiberal economics and unsound money : Bellwether

Sri Lanka's United National Party has well and truly lost its reputation for economic management during three and a half...

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Sri Lanka is not Greece, it is a Latin America style soft-peg: Bellwether

There are pronouncements that Sri Lanka is like Greece from both sides of the political divide, but that is not correct....

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Sri Lanka and Ecuador; a cautionary tale of the Rupee and Sucre: Bellwether

Sri Lanka'S rupee has fallen with amid two liquidity spikes in 2018 just as the economy started to recover, underlining ...

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Sri Lanka risks instability, stagflation by being in unstable soft-peg group: Bellwether

Sri Lanka's permanent currency depreciation worsened by periods of greater weakness is putting the country in the danger...

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Cardinal Goma, Upali thero and Sri Lanka's fascist nationalism: Bellwether

Ethno-religious fascist forces are again in the ascendancy in Sri Lanka helped by an economic downturn triggered by mone...

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What Sri Lanka can do to improve the credibility of its dollar soft-peg: Bellwether

Sri Lanka's Central Bank is forced to collect forex reserves to be able to pay off government debt when necessary and me...

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Sri Lanka is recovering, Central Bank threat looms: Bellwether

Sri Lanka is on a recovery path, and this is the time when commercial bank credit picks up, the Central Bank cuts rates ...

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US Dollar 200.4453 201.9333
UK Pound 266.3818 268.6420
Euro 226.4030 228.9217
Aus Dollar 141.6848 143.6755
Yen 1.7720 1.7865
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Korea Won 0.1699 0.1714
Oman Rial 520.6304 524.4953
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3-m bill 7.56 7.63
6-m bill 7.91 7.88
12-m bill 8.25 8.16
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8-yr bond 11.21 11.20
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Sri Lanka's devaluationist REER targeting is a tiger's tail

With the rupee hitting new lows against the US dollar, driven by a REER-targeting devaluationist policy to hurt wage ear...

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Sri Lanka needs real ministers, a real cabinet and a Prime Minister to play monitor: Bellwether

Corruption in Sri Lanka's governments is partly due to the lack of an independent public service and permanent secretari...

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Sri Lanka's UNP pays the price for currency depreciation, REER targeting: Bellwether

Sri Lanka's central bank and policymakers of the United National Party sowed the wind from 2015, printing money to destr...

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Sri Lanka's economic nationalism on tiles backfires on tea: Bellwether

Classical liberal economists have long argued that free trade leads to peace and economic nationalism and protectionism ...

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Sri Lanka's Central Bank should sell own securities in new credit cycle: Bellwether

Sri Lanka's credit is now slowing (compared to total deposits raised), allowing the central bank to easily purchase doll...

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Shocking parallels in abolishing slavery and protectionist exploitation in Sri Lanka: Bellwether

A story doing round in Colombo these days is that when Sri Lanka's captains of rent - sorry industry - were asked about ...

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Sri Lanka's new trade policy has deadly Mercantilist myths: Bellwether

Sri Lanka's new trade policy published in the ministry of development strategies and international trade says a lot of h...

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Tuk-tuk, school van regulation in Sri Lanka can create a bus-style fiasco - Bellwether

Sri Lanka’s rulers and bureaucrats are planning to poke their itchy interventionist fingers on taxis and school v...

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Sri Lanka may be heading for a triple anchor, 'inflation targeting' oxymoron: Bellwether

Under planned ‘flexible inflation targeting’, Sri Lanka is supposed to target an inflation index, intervene...

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Protectionist taxes plunder the weak, destroying potential new jobs in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is planning an 'anti-dumping' law to protect businessmen from exercising their power in markets. Anti-dumping ...

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