Trade Myths

Globalization has left trade balances behind

by Enzio von Pfeil



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/9/2014

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 142
ISBN : 9781496980991

About the Book

This book is about how multinationals affect trade balances. Five trade myths are exploded: 1. ”imports kill jobs”; 2. “exchange rates drive trade”; 3. “trade balances are a purely national matter”; 4. ”(national) trade deficits mean that one is living beyond one’s means”, and 5. “foreigners finance America”. These commonly-held concepts of trade balances are based on 15th-century accounting techniques, which vote-hungry, sophistic politicians have latched on to. The result has been two senseless world wars. Working closely with America’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, this book transports trade balance accounting into the 21st century by introducing “global” trade balances. These are meant to replace those dangerously popular “national” trade balances based on 15th century Italian Renaissance accounting techniques. Such anachronistic “national” trade balances lead to protectionism, while “global” trade balances lead to ever-more open trade borders. This book is relevant for three reasons. First, trade balances are moved in to the 21st century, giving the reader a truly globalized view of trade flows. Secondly, this book is designed to contribute to anti-protectionist rhetoric: global trade balances call for more, not for less inter-national trade. Thirdly, this book provides ammunition against “host country protectionism”: irked by protectionist trade rhetoric, host countries increasingly are injuring foreign multinationals operating in their country. A glance at recent news emanating from China illustrates this insidious development.

About the Author

Enzio von Pfeil was born in Namibia and grew up in America, Germany, the UK and Asia. Educated in America, he studied inter alia under Nobel Laureate Friedrich von Hayek in Freiburg, Germany. This is where he got his PhD in economics, focusing on Multinationals. As a financial economist, he has worked for the world’s leading banks of their day: Morgan Guaranty Trust, Schroders, Rothschilds and Warburgs. He has written a variety of books on Multinationals and Currency Risk. Residing in Hong Kong since 1990, he has been Chief Regional Economist for major brokerages. His macro investment views are updated at These are based mainly on his proprietary Economic Clock®, by which he tells the Economic Time®. Under the banner of MCL, Enzio now is a Financial Doctor providing impartial, commission-free financial advice to non-financial white collar professionals, the “working rich”. Visit his website: