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Monetary Policy

The Fed's Jelly Donut Policy

David Einhorn | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
David Einhorn

I believe that stocks are depressed because there is a pervasive feeling that something awful is going to happen. What is this enormous tail-risk? It's the intersection of reckless fiscal policy with overindulgent "Jelly Donut" monetary policy.

Paul Krugman To Ron Paul: 'You're Living In A World That Was 150 Years Ago'

Posted 04.30.2012 | Business

Econ nerds, eat your hearts out. Paul Krugman and Ron Paul just got into it on Bloomberg TV over whose monetary policy views are more dated. Paul ...

Bernanke: Fed Can't Handle Taxmageddon

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.25.2012 | Business

Ben Bernanke warned the Federal Reserve would be powerless to keep the economy from disaster if Congress fails to keep the country from falling off wh...

Paul Krugman On The Federal Reserve: 'Not Enough Inflation'

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

A few days ago, Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, spoke out in defense of his successor. Attacks on Ben Bernanke by Republic...

And You Thought The US Recovery Was Weak...

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2012 | Business

* Annualised G7 growth seen at 1.9 pct in Q1, Q2 * No rush for central banks to start tightening By Leigh Thomas ...

'I Am Very Proud Of My Nerd-Dom'

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business

One of the nation's most powerful officials is providing America's nerds with their ultimate revenge. "I am very proud of my nerd-dom," Federal Res...

Summers: 'Extraordinary Steps' By Policymakers Responsible For Recovery

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business

(Lawrence Summers is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.) By Lawrence H. Summers CAMBRIDGE, Ma., M...

Bernanke: Gold Standard 'The Reverse Of What A Central Bank Would Normally Do'

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday took aim at proponents of the gold standard, saying that such a sy...

Our Problem Is Not Insolvency: It's Infinite Solvency

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

If the government really could go bankrupt, and had to tax and borrow the money it spent, as per our happy illusion, freedom-loving Americans would be much better off.

After Greenspan, Bernanke Ends Cult Of Personality At Fed Through Transparency

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2012 | Business

* Achieves new stress on jobs in setting inflation target * Cleverly makes shifts through policy framework revamp * Ends...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Will Another Fed Stimulus Boost The Economy? | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

As the international economic climate becomes more threatening, there is talk that the Federal Reserve could try another monetary stimulus to aid the ...

Democrats Must Push Back on Monetary Policy Arguments

Kyle Victor | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business
Kyle Victor

Democrats and progressives must become more willing to engage in monetary policy conversation and make the case for keeping the Fed, for using QE and stimulus to get America out of recession, and for more robust financial regulation.

Sorry Ron Paul, "End the Fed" Is Just Another Republican Plan to Help the Financial Sector and Hurt Everyone Else

Kyle Victor | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Kyle Victor

Many liberals, myself included, have long harbored some sympathy for Ron Paul. I suspect that this is not only because of his refusal to follow the neo-conservatives on issues like civil liberties, but also because the man, like a squirrel, has always seemed so very harmless.

China Slowdown Spreading To Services Sector

Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

China's services sector cooled in November to its weakest growth in three months, an HSBC purchasing managers' index showed on Monday, the latest ...

It's the Currency, Stupid

Hugo Cory | Posted 01.28.2012 | Business
Hugo Cory

Imagining money is a good and healthy thing. It stimulates productivity, feeds dreams and gives man a sense of purpose. But there's a difference between imagining money and imaginary money, which is what we have today.

Warren Buffett: 'My Class Has Won' And 'It's Been A Rout'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

There are reasons for optimism inside the U.S. economy, according to Warren Buffett. Just not for everyone. The billionaire investor, cited as the ...

Four Things Occupy Wall Street Should Know About the Federal Reserve

Jake Blumgart | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Jake Blumgart

Eliminating the Fed, adopting the gold standard and having a tight monetary policy are directly opposed to the occupiers' key goals: reducing unemployment, easing debt and stemming the foreclosure flood.

Bernanke: Fed 'Intently' Focused On Job Creation

Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

FORT BLISS, Texas (Reuters) - Spurring stronger growth and more robust job creation in the weak recovery are top priorities for the Federal Reserv...

IMF Head Lagarde: Global Economy At Risk Of 'Lost Decade'

AP | Posted 01.09.2012 | Business

BEIJING -- The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday the global economy faces the risk of a "lost decade" of little or no growth an...

Economics Without Tears?!

Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.08.2012 | Business
Frank A. Weil

Economics is now more real and important than ever, but simultaneously it also seems to be more opaque than ever.

ECB Make Surprise Decision On Debt Crisis Fears

Posted 01.03.2012 | Business

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank cut its main interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.25 percent on Thursday as the euro zone's worsening debt ...

Dallas Fed Chief: Unemployment, Not Inflation Biggest Economic Problem

Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

High unemployment, not inflation, is the biggest problem facing the U.S. economy today, a top Federal Reserve official known for his hawkish views...

Why Students Should Care About the Nobel Prize in Economics

Ellen Siminoff | Posted 12.19.2011 | College
Ellen Siminoff

Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent won the Nobel Prize in Economics for research on measurement in macroeconomics. While some intellects might not follow The Dismal Science this year, this research has particular relevance for students today.

Democracy Versus Bankers at the Fed

Dean Baker | Posted 12.17.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

An overhaul of the Fed is long overdue. It should be turned into a body that directly answers to Congress just like every other regulatory agency. And the bankers must go.

Resolve and Determination: How We Get Out of This Together

Christine Lagarde | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Christine Lagarde

I feel strongly that the global community is beginning to respond to our shared plight. Why? Three reasons: a shared sense of urgency, a shared diagnosis of the problems, and a shared sense that the steps needed in the period ahead are now coming into focus.