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Monetary Policy

Palin Lashes Out At WSJ Reporter, Misquotes Story

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This post has been updated. In what can only be called a valiant effort, Sarah Palin has defended her monetary policy remarks from the Wall Street ...

Federal Reserve's, Bernanke's Credibility On Line With New Move To Boost Economy

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If the efforts succeed, they could finally help bring down the stubbornly high jobless rate. But should the Fed overshoot in its plan to pump hundred...

Why Gold Bears Should Hibernate

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

The $64,000 question is whether the modern gold rush is actually a mania or, in fact, a legitimate reflection of serious financial and economic stresses.

Bernanke Tries To Manage Expectations

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Federal Reserve officials and economists appear increasingly united in their view that the partisan gridlock on fiscal policy in Washington has cloude...

Shahien Nasiripour

Federal Reserve's Low Rate Policy Is A 'Dangerous Gamble,' Says Top Central Bank Official | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A top regional Federal Reserve official sharply criticized Friday the Fed's ongoing policy of keeping interest rates near zero -- and at record lows -...

Welcome to the World of the "New Normal," UK Style

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Auerback

We are now starting to see the economic impact of the 'new normal' in practice, as Paul Krugman outlined. Exhibit A is the United Kingdom.

Fed's Policy 'Is Not Enough' To Spur Economy, Says Pimco Chief

CNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite all the anticipation over today's Federal Reserve meeting, there's little else the central bank can do now to help the economy recover, Pimco'...

Time for a Monetary Boost

Joseph E. Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joseph E. Gagnon

An extended period of high unemployment represents a massive waste of productive labor and untold personal suffering of unemployed workers. The Fed should be aiming to get us back on track within two years, not four.

A Marriage Made in Heaven or Hell: Monetary and Financial Stability

José Viñals | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
José Viñals

While monetary policy frameworks fortified the castle against inflation at the front, they didn't pay much attention to back door vulnerabilities. I'm talking about financial stability.

Don't Let Financial Reform Politicize the Fed

James Bacchus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Bacchus

Members of Congress have done such a great job lately on fiscal policy. Why not put them in charge of monetary policy, too? Maintaining the indepen...

Yin/Yang at the Federal Reserve

Jason Paez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jason Paez

Consumers need a strong, independent agency that does not have inherent conflict within its core mission statement.

Canada Offers More than Olympic Gold

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Every penny counts when times are tough and now is a good time for U.S. investors to look north for market out performance. These two charts help explain why.

Paul Volcker: Too Soon To Start Withdrawing Stimulus | Rainer Buergin and Philipp Encz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

March 8 (Bloomberg) -- White House adviser Paul Volcker said it's too soon for U.S. policy makers to withdraw the stimulus measures and interest-rate ...

Bizarre Bernanke

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Bradley Jansen

Bernanke does the Congress and the public a disservice by disrespecting Congress with flippant, ignorant responses. Kudos to Chairman Frank for saying we need to followup on Dr. Paul's issues.

IMF: Capital Controls Can Be A 'Legitimate' Policy Tool

BusinessWeek | Sandrine Rastello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Capital controls are a 'legitimate' tool in some cases for governments facing surges in investment that threaten to destabilize...

Bernanke's Reappointment: A Colossal Failure Of Governance

Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Simon Johnson

Have we really reached the situation where the Senate must bow down before financial markets and high-ranking executives who are really just talking their book?

Simon Johnson: Krugman For Fed Chair

Baseline Scenario | Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Paul Krugman says that Simon’s idea that he should be chair of the Fed is “crazy.” Krugman’s point is either that he wouldn’t be confirmed o...

Strengthening The Levees Against Unemployment And Rising Debt

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ann Pettifor

Government must manage the federal budget in the same way that you manage your household budget. But in truth, the president must do the opposite.

Why the "Audit the Fed" Movement Is Dead Wrong

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If the proposals of the "audit the Fed" crowd" are implemented, the U.S. economy will be crippled to the point of economic deadlock.

Fed Regional Bank Heads: Congress Threatening Central Bank's Autonomy | Scott Lanman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve regional bank presidents are trying to ward off congressional efforts to weaken their clout, saying the moves m...

Economists: Interest Rates Fueled Boom Housing Bubble

CBS News | Alex Sundby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Of all the economic factors that possibly fueled the inflation of the housing bubble last decade, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said low i...

Ryan Grim

Fed Beaten: Bill To Audit Federal Reserve Passes Key Hurdle | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an unprecedented defeat for the Federal Reserve, an amendment to audit the multi-trillion dollar institution was approved by the House Finance Comm...

Colbert Takes On The Federal Reserve, Says Congress Is Trying To See 'Its Fiscal Naughty Parts' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Count Stephen Colbert among the opponents of calls to audit the Federal Reserve. Responding to what he calls claims that the Federal Reserve is a "se...

Next Stop: Inflation

James Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James Berman

The market has had the biggest six month rally since the 1930s and stocks cannot go up forever. We can't time the sell-off, but we can prepare for one of its likely causes: inflation.

Alan Greenspan: Fed can do no more to cut unemployment:

Reuters | Doug Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve has done all it can do to reduce unemployment and needs to worry more about the risk of inflation from the ...