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Episode 768: A Chat With Ben Bernanke

Ten years ago, two little-known hedge funds blew up, and the financial crisis was on its way. Today, we ask the person at the center of it all, former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, why it happened.

The Fed is getting aggressive with its messaging to markets after learning hard lessons

In 2013, Treasury markets went haywire after former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed would no longer buy bonds. Those bond purchases had been part of the Fed's quantitative easing program with a goal of keeping interest rates low. Show More Summary

Fed's Kashkari Says "Stock Prices Appear Somewhat Elevated", Explains "What Might Be Wrong"

This morning, Minneapolis Fed Chairman Neel Kashkari penned an essay "Why I Voted to Keep Rates Steady" in which the former Goldmanite says that while core inflation “seems to be moving up somewhat, it is doing so slowly, if at all.”...Show More Summary

Review: Greenspan as saint, sinner, political hack

An era of cheap money makes it easy to oversimplify the former Fed chairman's record. Sebastian Mallaby's new book, however, revels in the complexities of Greenspan's intellect, instinct and ego. His runs in Washington circles and spirited personal life are the real surprises.

Sim Fed Chairman

8 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has released a simulator that challenges you to be the Chair of the Federal Reserve and "achieve full employment and low inflation." (more…)

Greenspan: "Crazies May Undermine The Country"

Alan Greenspan just can't stay away from the spotlight these days. The 90-year-old, former Fed chairman, who in recent years has sounded surprisingly similar to Trump (or perhaps it's the other way around), most notably in late JuneShow More Summary

Wackos Have Alan Greenspan Running Scared

The former Fed chairman is deeply concerned about the "crazies."

No, Ben Bernanke, He Wasn't

(September 2, 2016 11:53 AM, by David Henderson) Hamilton was without doubt the best and most foresighted economic policymaker in U.S. history. So writes former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. Monetary economist and fellow UCLA grad Lawrence H. White disagrees. Larry writes: Now that the controversy has cooled we... (4 COMMENTS)

The Warren Buffett Economy: How Central-Bank-Enabled Financialization Divided America

Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, During the 29 years after Alan Greenspan became Fed chairman in August 1987, the balance sheet of the Fed exploded from $200 billion to $4.5 trillion. Call that a 23X gain. That’s a pretty massive increase—so let’s see what else happened over that three-decade span. Show More Summary

The Warren Buffet Economy: How Central Bank Enabled Financialization Divided America

During the 29 years after Alan Greenspan became Fed chairman in August 1987, the balance sheet of the Fed exploded from $200 billion to $4.5 trillion. Call that a 23X gain. That’s a pretty massive increase—so let’s see what else happened...Show More Summary

A Real Look at Helicopter Money

His detractors condescendingly called former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke “Helicopter Ben”. The post A Real Look at Helicopter Money was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Alan Greenspan: "We're Running To A State Of Disaster"

Back in March, the former Fed chairman said that we're in trouble because "productivity is dead in the water, and real capital investment is way below average because business people are very uncertain about the future." Greenspan went...Show More Summary

These Two Stocks Are The Cornerstone For Any Tech Portfolio

When I started in the investment biz twenty years ago, the Tech Bubble was building engine pressure. When then Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan referred to the mania as "irrational exuberance",

Gold And Negative Interest Rates

Submitted by Dan Popescu via Acting-Man.com, The Inflation Illusion We hear more and more talk about the possibility of imposing negative interest rates in the US. In a recent article former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke asks what toolsShow More Summary

Ron Paul Asks "What Did Fed Chairman Yellen Tell Obama?"

As we reported yesterday, following the meeting held between Obama and Yellen last Monday, one reader tried to get some additional information on what was exchanged between the two most important people in the world beyond the cursory...Show More Summary

What US Fed Chairman Yellen Told Obama During Secret Meeting

Last week, US President Barack Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden and Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Janet Yellen held a secret meeting at the White House, during which they discussed the US and global economy, an official statement released by the White House said.

Why Aren't Presidential Candidates Discussing Who They Would Pick For Fed Chairman?

Submitted by California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto Electing the next head of the Federal Reserve The large and eclectic field of presidential contenders is in full-out campaign-promise mode, as voters demand positions on everything from ISIS to ethanol. Show More Summary

Exotic currencies are diving ahead of the Fed's expected rate hike

Emerging market currencies are sliding on Wednesday, ahead of the US Federal Reserve's December meeting, when it is widely expected to announce a hike in interest rates. Fed Chairman Janet Yellen will likely announce that the Federal...Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke Gives Himself a Grade

Season 5, Episode 8 On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio, two interviews: first, former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, who was handed the keys to the global economy just as it started heading off a cliff. And then Anne-Marie Slaughter,...Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke to PIMCO

Former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is joining a new advisory board at PIMCO. According to a press release on Monday, the new Global Advisory Board will also be made up of Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister, and Jean-Claude Trichet,...Show More Summary

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