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US needs a path out of here

Those who were expecting a powerful policy initiative from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke at the Jackson Hole Conference on Friday were bound to be disappointed. Monetary policy has done just about all it can do. There is always room for fine–tuning, but the gaping policy shortfall is in fiscal policy, not monetary policy. It's clear what should be done. Show More Summary

If Ben Bernanke can’t refinance his home, what does that say about mortgage lending?

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has a new job at a think tank, makes $250,000 a speech, and has a lucrative tell-all book in the works, but he and his wife were recently turned down when they tried to refinance...

NY Times' Sorkin: Ben Bernanke Wants To Be The Next Commissioner Of Baseball

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke wants to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner of Major League Baseball, New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin said this morning on CNBC's Squawk On The Street. Sorkin was responding to a New York Times story by Michael S. Show More Summary

Central Banks Calendar for Week of May 19-23, 2014

Monday Dallas Fed’s Fisher and San Francisco Fed’s Williams speak on a panel discussing the role of the Federal Reserve at 12:10 EDT. They will be followed by a moderated conversation with former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. ECB’s Nowotny...Show More Summary

Bernanke Settles Back Into Research World

At a conference on Thursday, former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke took issue with India central bank chief Raghuram Rajan’s suggestion that U.S. central bank officials should pay greater attention to the effects of their policies on overseas economies.

Nats opening day draws VIP fans

Hey, isn’t that… Die-hard Nats fans, including Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, NBC host David Gregory, former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, and former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (now with the Carlyle Group), taking in today’s home opener against the Atlanta Braves? The super-fans might not have gotten the curly “W” they were hoping for (the Nats fell […]

Ben Bernanke Dines With Hedge Fund Billionaires In New York As He Rakes In The Big Bucks

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Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hit the speaking circuit, already making at least $250,000 in his first public appearance since leaving office. He was also spotted having dinner at New York's Le Bernardin with hedge fund billionaires David Einhorn, Louis Bacon, and Larry Robbins.

What The Hell Were They Thinking?: Fed 2008 Edition

They were thinking things looked A-OK. For a while…. “I think that our policy is looking actually pretty good,” Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said of the level of interest rates at a closed-door Fed policy meeting on Sept. 16, 2008, according to transcripts of its policy meetings released Friday with the traditional five-year lag. Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke’s legacy: A critique from the left

As Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke closes out his term, how will he be remembered? Dean Baker sees a checkered legacy. Getty Images file photo. Friday marks Fed Chair Ben Bernanke’s last day in office, after eight years on the job. Janet Yellen will take over as chair on Saturday, Feb. Show More Summary

Fed Poised for $10 Billion Taper as Bernanke Bids Adieu

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesOutgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. By Ann Saphir and Jonathan Spicer Turmoil in emerging markets and a month of disappointing job growth at home are unlikely to deter the Federal Reserve from trimming its bond-buying stimulus Wednesday, as Ben Bernanke wraps up his last policy meeting at the helm of the U.S. Show More Summary

FOMC Preview: More Tapering

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will chair his last FOMC meeting this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. It appears the FOMC will reduce monthly asset purchases by another $10 billion per month, from $75 billion to $65 billion. The weaker than...Show More Summary

Bernanke Gets Taper Call Right

So Fed chairman Ben Bernanke finally pulled the taper trigger this week. And it was the right thing to do. Stocks soared. And even with some backing-and-forthing, gold, commodity indexes, and the dollar were basically stable. In other...Show More Summary

Public and Private Sector Payroll Jobs: Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama

First, from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Jan 3, 2014: [A]t the current point in the recovery from the 2001 recession, employment at all levels of government had increased by nearly 600,000 workers; in contrast, in the current recovery,...Show More Summary

Why 2014 Should Be Another Bull Market For U.S. Equities

By Victor Liang: On Jan. 3 2014, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association that I think indicates another bull market for 2014 as the U.S. economy continues to improve. I...Show More Summary

Bernanke’s Fallacious Fiscal Facts

Chris Edwards In a speech on Friday, outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke defended his record of extraordinary policy interventions. One of his framing techniques is to claim that extreme monetary efforts were needed in the last few years—from...Show More Summary

Bernanke: The Federal Reserve: Looking Back, Looking Forward

From Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke: The Federal Reserve: Looking Back, Looking Forward. On the economy: I have discussed the factors that have held back the recovery, not only to better understand the recent past but also to think about the economy's prospects. Show More Summary

The Fed Is Operating Without Rules

So Fed chairman Ben Bernanke finally pulled the taper trigger this week. And it was the right thing to do. Stocks soared. And even with some backing-and-forthing, gold, commodity indexes, and the dollar were basically stable. In other...Show More Summary

Bernanke's 11th Hour Pivot Smooths Path For Yellen At Fed

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - By ensuring the Federal Reserve begins trimming its massive bond-buying stimulus before a more hawkish contingent of voters comes on board next year, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has greased the skids politically for his successor, Janet Yellen. The U.S. Show More Summary

Recap: Fed Decision to Taper and Bernanke Press Conference

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke held his final scheduled press conference as leader of the Fed to explain the decision to taper bond purchases.

Long Live The Bernanke Put: FOMC Tapers QE As Fed Balance Sheet Nears $4 Trillion

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Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke finally managed to taper without spooking the market, yet the Fed is still feeding investors' addiction for easy money, and growing its balance sheet, presenting a monumental problem for Janet Yellen.

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