Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen made waves in her Congressional testimony last week when she argued that social media and biotech stocks were over-valued. She also said that the price of junk bonds was out of line with historic experience. By making these assertions in a highly visible public forum, Yellen was using the power of the Fed's megaphone to stem the growth of incipient bubbles. This is an approach that some of us have advocated for close to twenty years.
We have you to thank, Dr. Greenspan, for those "opportunities for avarice" that resulted from of your unbridled enthusiasm for such policies at that time. It also brought on the Great Recession and record deficit we have today.
We are learning just how much mortgage fraud was committed by 18 national and international banks and other financial entities that the Federal Housin...
I believe that the Fed has overreached in its monetary policy not just in response to the latest crisis, but pretty consistently over the 15-20 years. In an effort to lessen the effects of (inevitable) economic downturns, the Fed (and other central banks) has caused extreme financial distortions and dislocations.
The actual performance of NAFTA versus the promises made shows its abject failure. Further worsening the case for the TPP is that the process in negotiating the trade deal is highly secretive, and the public doesn't like what little it is hearing.
Arguing against free-market conventional wisdom, a group of business leaders calling themselves 'Smart Capitalists for American Prosperity' is lobbying Congress and the administration to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
Once upon a time in a century far, far away, the U.S. economy was perceived by one and all as in a "Goldilocks" state: not too cold, not too hot, just right."
In a review of Joshua Greene's Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us and Them in The Atlantic (...
For all the Yellen-watching going on, it is important to remember that the changeover is likely to be pretty subtle, especially at first.
"It's like seeing where it all began... and it continues to this day," exclaims author Jennifer George. "Rube was cartooning at the dawn of the indust...
Farmers and other Ag and business people on the Big Island are in disbelief - to put it mildly - that Mayor Kenoi signed Bill 113, the anti-GMO bill, last week, without first putting together a group to research the science and investigate the serious, unintended consequences we know will result.
The failed regulator is now happy to put forward proposals that he thinks have no chance of implementation. Greenspan played the jester, but Jon Stewart was not amused.
What is there to say about Alan Greenspan, who at 87 is out flogging his new book, "The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature and the Future of Fo...
Little about Washington surprises me, but one thing I could not figure out is why President Obama wants Larry Summers as Fed Chair when Summers is the worst possible candidate for the job, except maybe for Alan Greenspan?
Commodity market manipulation is fundamentally different and far more dangerous than the garden-variety manipulation of financial markets such as in single stock pump and dump schemes, or even the brazen manipulation of LIBOR. Nobody eats LIBOR.
On Saturday, President Obama stated that he wants the next chairman of the Federal Reserve to not just be an economic wonk but to actively promote policies that will advance the welfare of ordinary citizens. He may as well have described the resume of Robert Reich.