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Quantitative Easing

Market Noise and Fed Messaging

Michael Farr | Posted 04.17.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So far this year, the mid-cap banks are outperforming their behemoth cousins, and we now may know why. The big question, though, is how detrimental have these new regulations been to the economic recovery?

Janet Yellen's Nemesis--The Great Moderation

Harlan Green | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

New Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has a great task ahead of her. How to combat the results of the Great Moderation, as it was called, that period of l...

Mother Nature Clouds the Outlook

Michael Farr | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

How much of the slowing can be blamed on Mother Nature? Nobody knows for sure, of course, but there is enough reason to believe that the brisk pace of growth recorded in the second half of 2013 will not be sustained in 2014.

The VIX Also Rises

Michael Farr | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The more people working, earning income and spending, the greater the economic benefits. The masses move the needle, not the 1% at the top.

Betting on the return of M&A

Robert Teitelman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Last month, I wrote a piece in Institutional Investor making the case that M&A, which has been moribund since 2008, would rebound to levels at, or abo...

Prepare for Currency Chaos

Michael Pento | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Michael Pento

We are currently suffering through a huge correction in the equities of emerging market economies. The threatened end of Fed stimulus has caused these currencies to plummet against the dollar, taking their markets down for the ride.

Zach Carter

Key Republican Rips Income Inequality, Calls For New Stimulus

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair sharply criticized Congress for failing to approve economic stimulus measures, saying elected lawmakers wh...

What's Crippling the Recovery, Lack of Investment Demand or Too-Big-to-Lend Banks?

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Under incoming Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the United States Federal Reserve Bank will begin to "taper" its program of "Quantitative Easing" o...

Janet Yellen's 2014 To-Do List: Climate Change

Mike Sandler | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Mike Sandler

Janet Yellen will likely be confirmed as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve System. Her to-do list will be full of things like the unemployment rate and running the economy. So why would a central banker need to worry about climate change?

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...

Calibrating 2014

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The global economy looks poised to display better growth performance in 2014. Leading indicators are pointing upward -- or at least to stability -- in major growth poles. However, for this to translate into reality policymakers will need to be nimble enough to calibrate responses to idiosyncratic challenges.

How Left and Right Can Unite to Fight Unemployment

Justin Talbot Zorn | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business
Justin Talbot Zorn

While progressives have sought more Fed transparency , the left's preference has been to boost employment through Fed-fueled consumer demand. This could change.

Fed To Begin Tapering In January

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

By Jonathan Spicer and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve announced plans to trim its aggressive bond-buying program on We...

The Fed Isn't Ready To Stop Feeding The Economy Easy Money

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy still needs support from the Fed's low interest-rate policies because it i...

What if Nobody Came to the Government Shutdown?

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

Without the confidence that consumers can enter loan transactions without a substantially amount of risk, then both lender and consumer will become like two left footed dance partners caught in an awkward embrace.

The Truth Behind Emerging Economies: Colombia Case

Felipe Ángel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Felipe Ángel

America's financial and economical decisions will have an effect on emerging economies in the times to come. The reversal of flows will destabilise emerging economies, and an effort to attract investment will have to be made in order to keep the increasing growth rates in the GDP.

Quantitative Easing: Is it the Solution to all Our Economic Problems?

Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie

The Fed has been trusted with the responsibility of keeping inflation and unemployment low. Because of the inverse relationship between the two, policy makers have not always found it easy to carry out both assignments.

Why the Fed's efforts are putting the U.S. economy at risk

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 11.27.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

To the relief of borrowers around the world, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board is holding off on tapering its bond-buying program.

Good for Them! Fed Delays the Taper

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Not tapering yet won't make things much better more quickly, but they'll keep them from getting worse.

Majority Of Americans Won't Miss Fed Stimulus (Because They Don't Know What It Is)

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business

(Restores dropped word "if" in the 2nd sentence of the 23rd paragraph) By Ann Saphir SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 17 (Reuters) -...

El-Erian: Fed Moves Will Affect Global Growth

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Nathan Gardels

Mohamed El-Erian is the CEO of the investment firm PIMCO, the world's largest bond investor. I talked to him last week about the likelihood that the U.S. Federal Reserve will soon begin tapering its asset purchases.

Fed Taper Talk Bursts Bubble

Dean Baker | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The long and short is that the Fed did a really nice job in preemptively bursting a housing bubble before it grew large enough to do much damage. This may not have been its intention, but they deserve praise nonetheless.

A Fantasy Fed Chair Who Can Save the Planet

Mike Sandler | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Mike Sandler

The next Fed Chair will need to be more than another insider bureaucrat. She will need to be an action hero who can kill zombies (i.e. Milton Friedman clones) and save the planet.

Emerging Markets Sell-Off: What's Next?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The last weeks of summer have been marked by renewed pressure of capital outflows and exchange rate devaluations in several systemically relevant emerging markets. This is just the latest round of a global portfolio rebalancing that has been in motion since May 22.

Is Another Emerging Market Crisis Brewing?

Nick Beecroft | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Nick Beecroft

Should we worry about potential contagion to weak eurozone peripheral countries? I don't think so, as the current account balances of Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain have all virtually improved to zero, compared to India's 4.8 percent deficit.