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William Alden

Weak Economy Will Be Tested As Policy Supports Fall Away | William Alden | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Recent fears of weakening economic growth have been tied to broad trends: falling home prices, the high unemployment rate and the tendency...

PIMCO Bets Against The Future Value Of U.S. Government Debt

Posted 06.11.2011 | Business

PIMCO has shifted to a short position in U.S. government-related debt in the world's largest bond fund, while also raising cash holdings in a sign of ...

Fed's Balance Sheet Hits Record High

Posted 05.31.2011 | Business

The Federal Reserve's balance sheet grew to another record size in the latest week as the central bank bought more bonds in an effort to support the e...

Federal Reserve Unlikely To Extend Quantitative Easing, Top Officials Say

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK, March 25 - With the economy on firmer footing the Federal Reserve Bank is unlikely to extend its bond-buying stimulus program beyond a plann...

While Washington Turns to 2012, Ben Bernanke Is Still Focused on 2008

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Paul

Each time Ben Bernanke testifies before Congress, his job gets more difficult. Firmly ensconced between a rock and a hard place, Bernanke must defend the drastic measures he is taking while denying any extreme concerns that he might have.

Bernanke's QE1 and QE2 Pushed Stocks Skyward

Robert Lenzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Lenzner

No doubt about it, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's use of well over $2 trillion in Fed funds did help push higher the price of many securities, especially those in natural resource or commodity businesses.

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 ...

Santa Bernanke Giveth and Taketh Away

Robert Lenzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Lenzner

Santa Bernanke's gift bag for equity lovers meant that bondholders -- who had been pouring money into fixed income mutual funds and exchange-traded funds -- received only painful tidings. What a fall from grace!

Amy Lee

Stocks Are Surging Since Announcement Of Fed's Plan | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Is the Fed's latest gamble working? The stock market's 17% rise since Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke announced his plans for a second round o...

The Euro will Neither Collapse nor Disappear

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

The current crisis should further strengthen the Euro, and since the dollar is on a sliding slope, its value should improve seriously in the coming months.

Robert Lenzner: QE2 Hurts The Dollar

Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Ben Bernanke has no sure fire policy solution for economic stagnation. QE2, the $1 trillion quantitative easing expected, hoped for, prayed for, goss...

The Fed's Next Step Could Cost $2 Trillion, May Not Add Jobs | Craig Torres and Scott Lanman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- For $2 trillion, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke may buy little improvement in growth, employment or inflation over the...

Ben Bernanke: Income Inequality Is 'Creating 2 Societies'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke believes the growing income gap is "creating two societies" in America. The central bank chief weighed in on ...

Bernanke Warns Of The Severe 'Social Consequences' Of Unemployment

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (By Kristina Cooke): Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned on Tuesday that a long period of high unemployment could exact a steep soci...

Fiat Currency Fever: The Causes

Bill Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Baker

Note: Any resemblance of this parody to an article published recently by the New York Times is purely intentional. It is part religion, part politic...

Another Thanksgiving Feast for Wall Street...Taxpayer Supported

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

Why are Wall Street billionaires getting away with heist after heist? Because our two political parties let them. What we need is an independent progressive political formation that will make demands for the middle class.

What's Really Behind QE2?

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

The deficit hawks are circling, hovering over QE2, calling it just another inflationary bank bailout. But unlike QE1, QE2 is not about saving the ban...

Bernanke Admits QE2 May Fail, Requests Fiscal Stimulus Now

Robert Lenzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Lenzner

Ben Bernanke has doubts that his $600 billion program to purchase securities may not properly affect the yields on acquired securities and "via substitution effects in investors' portfolios, on a wider range of assets." Stunning, that admission.

Markets Say Phew to QE2

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

QE2 is supposed to be an economic panacea, designed to further lower interest rates, increase asset prices and invigorate the economy. But nobody knows whether it will be a flop or a success.

Fed Signals It May Take Futher Steps To Boost The Economy

Yahoo! Finance | Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business


Bernanke Takes A Shot A China, Defends The Fed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday hit back at critics of the U.S. central bank's controversial bond-buying program and iss...

WATCH: Fed President: It Could Take Years To End Fed's Easy Money Policies

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - A top U.S. Federal Reserve official defended the Fed's controversial bond-buying program on Tuesday, saying it could be years before pull...

How the Fed Started an Economic World War: Let the Currency Wars Begin

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Samuels

If we follow current global economic trends to the logical conclusion, most of the money in the world will soon be held by a small group of investors who will hold no allegiance to any nation or ideology.

G-20 Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Bad Macroeconomic Policies Are the Main Threat to World Economic Recovery

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

If the G-20 is going to be nothing more than a talking shop on economic issues, they ought to at least talk about the economic problems that really ma...

New Global Currency Is Gold Sell Signal

Robert Lenzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Lenzner

No one can predict the timing, but the signal to sell all your gold will be an emergency economic meeting to create a new global currency.