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Fed Ends Stimulus Program With Economy Still On Shaky Ground

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business

Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve just declared the U.S. economy well enough to leave intensive care, though it is not yet the picture of health. ...

The Federal Reserve's Artful Compassion for Households in 'Sobering' Condition

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Timothy J. Barnett

Glaringly absent in the Fed's policy platform is a commitment to a fair architecture for capitalism that equitably distributes the fruits of enterprise by providing incentives for ethically pricing each person's contributions to the sustainable public good.

What Did Janet Yellen and FOMC Comments Mean?

Harlan Green | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

The moment that the Federal Reserve's FOMC meeting ended, and its comments were released, interest rates rose. Why?

The Great Income Divergence--Part II

Harlan Green | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Ben Bernanke is now defending his record as Fed Chairman. He shouldn't have to, as without the Fed's easy money policies--such as QE3--the economy wo...

Why Didn't Fed Reduce Taper?

Harlan Green | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Bernanke attempted to answer that question today at his post-FOMC press conference. He said economic growth has slowed. But another reason may be that Janet Yellen is now Bernanke's heir apparent as Fed Chairman.

Deflation is the Danger

Harlan Green | Posted 11.14.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

The Federal Reserve is about to announce their decision on when to begin tapering their purchases of securities at next Tuesday's FOMC meeting. Amon...

QE3Important For Housing Recovery

Harlan Green | Posted 10.10.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Alas, it does look like the Fed's Governors are about to slow down the $85 Billion in monthly purchases of Treasury Bonds and Mortgage Backed Securiti...

What's the Fed to Do?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.06.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Why the debate over who should be the next Federal Reserve Chairman? There is a tug of war going on between inflation 'doves' and 'hawks' within the Fed. And that debate really has little to do with who will succeed Fed Chairman Bernanke next year.

No Tapering By Fed This Year

Harlan Green | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Fed Chairman Bernanke once more 'clarified' his remarks, saying there is no way the Fed will even begin to raise their (short term) interest rates whe...

QE3 Works, So Please Don't Mess With It!

Harlan Green | Posted 09.04.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Dear Federal Reserve Governors; Please don't mess with QE3 just yet! Not in September, or even December. There are still too many reasons not to be...

Managing Expectations--The Fed's Two-Edged Sword

Harlan Green | Posted 09.01.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

It does look like the results of Fed Chairman Bernanke's push for greater transparency in Federal Reserve policy deliberations are coming home to roos...

The Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Dilemma Won't End Soon

Harlan Green | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

The U.S. Treasury is in a bind. Everyone seems to agree that Fannie and Freddie, wards of the government, should be downsized. But how to do it with...

What Will the Fed Do??

Harlan Green | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Now the fat's in the fire. Both stocks and bond prices have been falling of late, due to the fear that the Fed will end its $85 billion per month QE ...

When Is Federal Debt Not a Burden?

Harlan Green | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

It is very basic economics 101. Just cutting spending doesn't reduce debt without also investing in future growth.

How Congress Could Fix Its Budget Woes, Permanently

Ellen Brown | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
Ellen Brown

As Congress struggles through one budget crisis after another, it is becoming increasingly evident that austerity doesn't work. We cannot possibly pay...

The Real Economics of the Fiscal Cliff

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Shapiro

The European sovereign debt crisis remains a serious threat, but not because a collapse of Greek, Spanish or Italian debt would infect confidence in U.S. Treasuries. The real issue is that such a crisis would threaten the solvency of many major French and German banks.

This Guy Is Our Only Hope

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.29.2012 | Business

Science has determined that people need to know 7.5 things per day, on average, about the world of business. You can't argue with science. Lucky for y...

A Grand Bargain or a Grand Uprising?

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

The only difference between Americans and Greeks right now is that the Greeks have turned their streets into war zones to protest the aforementioned injustices, while we're all watching the NFL.

In Wake of Election, SMBs Expected to Serve as Engine of Economic Growth

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 01.14.2013 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Small businesses now must make some assumptions about policy decisions and move forward. They are too important to the country's economic recovery to remain in limbo.

Why High Oil Prices Aren't Necessarily a Bad Thing -- Interview With Ed Dolan

James Burgess | Posted 12.22.2012 | Business
James Burgess

We were fortunate enough to speak with the well-known economist Ed Dolan on various energy and economic issues. Ed writes the popular economics blog Ed Dolan's Econ Blog.

'We Need To See Stronger, Sustained Improvement In The Labor Market'

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2012 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is looking for a steeper decline and stronger economic growth before it will stop its lat...

QE Infinity: What Is It Really About?

Ellen Brown | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business
Ellen Brown

It will not achieve those things because it consists of no more than an asset swap on bank balance sheets. It will not get dollars to businesses or consumers on Main Street. So what is the real purpose of this exercise?

What Bernanke Didn't Want to See

Richard Barrington | Posted 11.27.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

If Ben Bernanke was unhappy to see inflation rear its ugly head, depositors in savings accounts, money market accounts and other bank products should give him company in his misery. If inflation is here to stay, it would add an ugly new wrinkle to an already troubled economy.

Good Jobs First: No Grand Bargain Without a Jobs Trigger

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

What we have here is a failure to communicate. Poll after poll shows that voters are concerned most of all about jobs and the economy. Yet in Washington and on the campaign trail, attention has turned to deficits and how to get our books in order.

Why QE3 Won't Jumpstart the Economy -- and What Would

Ellen Brown | Posted 11.25.2012 | Business
Ellen Brown

An injection of money into the pockets of consumers would actually be good for the economy, but QE3 won't do it. The Fed could give production and employment a bigger boost by using its lender-of-last-resort status in more direct ways than the current version of QE.