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Monetary Policy

Inflation in the Middle East -- Looking at the Right Numbers

Masood Ahmed | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business
Masood Ahmed

Surging international food prices have become a major cause for concern. This is especially so in the Arab world, which is home to some of the largest food importers and where rising food prices have been one of the factors in recent political unrest.

Oil Price Swings as a Dollar Hedge Pose a New Threat to Our Fiscal Future

David Paul | Posted 07.19.2011 | Business
David Paul

The linkage between monetary policy and oil prices raises questions for how a consistent domestic energy policy can be implemented if critical energy market price signals are distorted by linkages with monetary policy.

Gold May Glitter But Can It Deliver?

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

The classic safe-haven investment has seen a strong uptrend in value since the autumn of 2008. Various factors have been credited as drivers of this move, but what is the risk gold could lose its luster?

William Alden

When Fed's Stimulus Ends, What Next? | William Alden | Posted 06.26.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- When Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke holds his first-ever press conference on Wednesday, he will have some explaining to do. Two mon...

Which Budgets Cuts Could Hurt The Economic Recovery?

New York Times | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The budget deal struck last week amounts to a bet by the Obama administration that the loss of $38 billion in federal spending will not...

IMF: Capital Flows To Emerging Markets May Slow With Fed Hike

Reuters | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - The surge of hot money that has vexed many emerging markets may slow dramatically once the U.S. Federal Reserve begins raising interest...

Fed Officials Split Over Policy Changes

Reuters | Mark Felsenthal and Glenn Somerville | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By Mark Felsenthal and Glenn Somerville) - Some Federal Reserve officials last month believed they would have to hold to an easy monet...

INFLATION: Prices Rise At Fastest Level Since Financial Crisis

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business

Inflation is back, and it's not limited to America. Prices in developed countries are rising at the highest rate since the financial crisis first ...

Fed Official: High Unemployment Isn't Inevitable After Bubbles Collapse

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The collapse of an asset bubble will not necessarily lead to higher unemployment as long as monetary policy is loose enough, a top Federal Reserve...

Fed Announces Plans To Hold Regular Media Briefings

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will start holding regular media briefings on monetary policy next month, a historic shift to greater openne...

William Alden

Yen Intervention Resolves Immediate Crisis, But Japan's Economy Still Threatened | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The yen eased off its all-time high Friday as the world's major central banks lent their support, but Japan's economic troubles are far from over, exp...

Zach Carter

House Republicans Amplify Attacks On Elizabeth Warren, Consumer Protection | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a hearing marked by openly hostile questioning from House Republicans, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren made her highly anticipated...

Rewriting the Macroeconomists' Playbook in the Wake of the Crisis

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Before the global economic crisis, mainstream macroeconomists had largely converged on a framework for the conduct of macroeconomic policy. It is now time to converge again.

Latin America: Making the Good Times Better

Dominique Strauss-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Latin America has enjoyed tremendous economic dynamism and a rising quality of life in recent years. But, faced with new challenges, the question is: how best to sustain this progress?

If Ben Bernanke Hosted Our Super Bowl Party Instead of My Friend Pete

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

I doubt that anybody watching Sunday's game wants to hear our leaders say that this sluggish and jobless economy represents the "new normal." How would the sportscasters put it? The people expect their officials to give 110 percent.

Bernanke's Golden Dismount

Michael Pento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

Let's take a look at the Fed's last round of rate hikes and see how they affected the price of gold.

Top Fed Official: We Can't Speed Up Labor Market Recovery

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By Emily Kaiser): Monetary policy cannot speed up labor market healing or prevent asset price bubbles, and counting on it to do so may do ...

Obama Sidesteps Question About Whether The Fed Is Intentionally Devaluing The Dollar

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW DELHI — President Barack Obama has sidestepped a question of whether the Federal Reserve may have weakened the value of the dollar by purchasing...

Stephen Zarlenga's American Monetary Act: A Review

Scott Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Scott Baker

I like Ron Paul. He is a Maverick. Paul is consistent in his views on monetary reform. Alas, he is consistently wrong.

Today's Bounty, Tomorrow's Promise: Better Policies to Manage Natural Resources

Leslie Lipschitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leslie Lipschitz

It's one of the perennial questions in economic policy-making: How do we best manage the economic and social challenges that stem from resource wealth?

WATCH: Bernanke Defends Bond Buys On '60 Minutes', Says Years Until 'Normal' Unemployment

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is stepping up his defense of the Fed's $600 billion Treasury bond-purchas...

William Alden

Bernanke Calls On Congress To Help The Economy -- For At Least The Fourth Time In Five Months | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- For at least the fourth time since June, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke publicly urged Congress to combat the lackluster recovery b...

Exploring Economic Policy Frontiers After the Crisis: 2010 IMF Research Conference

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The crisis has forced economists and policy makers to go back to their drawing boards. Where did they go wrong, and what implications does the crisis have for both macroeconomic theory and macroeconomic policy making?

End of the Line for Redistribution and Monetary Policy?

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Over the last few decades, several trends have shaped economic flows and returns. In the developed world, we have seen a historically rare and nearly ...

Quantitative What?! We Need the Gershwins!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rick Horowitz

Quantitative easing, Economy is slow, Quantitative easing, We need a booster. Print a lot of money So commerce starts to flow, Suddenly it's s...