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Quantitative Easing Qe2

Why Is a Central Bank Taking the Risks of Quantitative Easing?

Stefan Bielmeier | Posted 05.15.2015 | Money
Stefan Bielmeier

Surging liquidity, more risk on the balance sheets of banks and insurers, sky-high valuations in individual asset classes -- these are some of the already visible consequences of the ECB's policy, and the trend is set to continue.

Our Economy Sorely Needs a Boost. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Anyone?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The price of oil, and in turn gasoline, continues on its clearly speculation-driven trajectory. A significant break in the price of oil would be an enormous boost to the economy.

It's All About Ben

Nick Beecroft | Posted 07.23.2013 | Business
Nick Beecroft

Wednesday's prepared testimony by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress seemed to start out as a bravura effort designed to silence recent chatter about the Fed's so-called 'exit strategy' i.e. the 'tapering' off of its quantitative easing program.

Not Working in America: People and Public Policy

David Coates | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics
David Coates

Cuts will not produce growth. Cuts will more likely tip us into a double-dip recession, which the Republicans will blame on the Obama Administration's failure to cut more! It is surely better to stand firm and to call the Republicans' bluff.

AP Economists Poll: Government Activism Should Be Avoided

AP | By PAUL WISEMAN | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The best cure for the economy now is time. That's the overwhelming opinion of leading economists in a new Associated Press survey. They...

Food Matters: Commodity Prices and the Egyptian Revolution

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Paul

For all of the stories wired in from Cairo of the yearning for freedom in Tahrir Square, one question is rarely addressed: why now?

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Quantitative Easing

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

"Where did you dig him up?" asks a HuffPost reader in Houston, who criticized a piece I did last week quoting an economist who predicted slow economic growth and a mediocre stock market in 2011.

Austerity Fails in Euroland: Time for Some "Deficit Easing?"

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

"Doubtful it stood, as two spent swimmers that do cling together, and choke their art." -- Shakespeare, "Macbeth" The Greek bailout was supposed to...

Central Banking 101: What the Fed Can Do as "Lender of Last Resort"

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

We've seen behind the curtain, as the Fed waved its magic liquidity wand over Wall Street. Now it's time to enlist this tool in the service of the people.

QE2: Beware the Perils of Its Success

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

High government debt eventually leads to higher taxation, higher interest rates, and lower growth. So the Fed's action may have an impact opposite to what it intends.

Ben Bernanke Versus Ben Bernanke: Fed Chair Flip-Flops With QE2

Robert Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Auerbach

Ben Bernanke's recent plans to print more money to provide full employment without inflation is a policy in dismal company according to Ben Bernanke's own views before he became Fed chairman.