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What Secular Stagnation? Oh, This Secular Stagnation

In a recent blog post, Citadel's latest trader and part-time Brookings blogger, Ben Bernanke, asks "does the U.S. economy face secular stagnation? I am skeptical, and the sources of my skepticism go beyond the fact that the U.S. economy...Show More Summary

Wall Street's B.S. About Bernanke's New Job

Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke announced last week that he had accepted an offer to become a senior advisor to a hedge fund. Wall Street howled that Bernanke had done something so wrong that it was close to criminal. For example, take a look at this piece from CNBC [...]

Say It Ain’t So, Ben

By James Kwak Is it the money? No. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke, the man who saved the global economy, is becoming an adviser for Citadel, a hedge fund management company. Bernanke will provide advice to Citadel’s fund managers and … Continue reading ?

What Bernanke's New Employer Had To Say About Him Just 2 Years Ago

Having previously explained the 175,846,629,768 reasons why former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke would join Citadel - the most-levered hedge fund in the world and alleged conduit of fed put protection; we thought it intriguing to note what billionaire Citadel Ken Griffin had to say about Bernanke and his policies just 2 years ago... Show More Summary

Modern-Day Monetary Cranks and the Fed's "Inflation" Target

Submitted by Pater Tenebrarum via Acting-Man blog, One Bad Idea After Another Ben Bernanke is frequently in the news these days. The latest occasion concerns his opinion on the Fed’s “inflation” target, i.e., the target for the speed...Show More Summary

It Takes A Regime Shift to Raise an Economy

This week we learned that Ben Bernanke does not view NGDP level targeting, price level targeting, or a higher inflation target as the best way to deal with the zero lower bound (ZLB) problem. Now I believe the "what to do at the ZLB" debate is becoming moot as the U.S. Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke deserves his Wall Street payday, but we still don’t have to like it

If anyone deserves a seven-figure sinecure, it's Ben Bernanke. The former Fed Chair put his academic work on the Great Depression to the best possible use when he saved the financial system in 2008, and then went further than any other central banker to try to bring unemployment down. But now he's putting that expertise […]

Credit Is Tight …

… Even for Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke! Low interest rates should mean that opportunity is in abundance for the real estate industry. However, if you can’t qualify for a mortgage, even the lowest rates don’t help you if you want to finance or refinance your home. This point became significant when the news […]

Ben Bernanke joins Citadel hedge fund

America’s former Federal Reserve boss has become a senior adviser for Citadel Investment. ||| London - Ben Bernanke, the former president of America's central bank, is to become a senior adviser to one of the world's largest hedge funds, raising fresh concerns about the “revolving door” between Washington and Wall Street. Show More Summary

Nothing Magical About 2% Inflation Target Says Bernanke

It's pretty rare for Bernanke for former Fed chair Ben Bernanke to say much of anything that makes any sense. He recently he did, just not in context.“I don’t see anything magical about targeting 2 percent inflation,” Bernanke told a...Show More Summary

Want Bridgewater To Manage Your Money? There Is One Small Condition

When it comes to the world's largest hedge funds, none is bigger than Bridgewater. Yes, some hedge funds may apply massive leverage to their AUM to boost their regulatory assets by orders of magnitude (such as Ben Bernanke's new employer...Show More Summary

How Citadel and the Fed Crossed Paths Before the Hedge Fund Hired Ben Bernanke

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's decision to work with Citadel, the Chicago-based hedge fund, has renewed attention on the tendency of former regulators and economic policy makers to move to financial institutions once leaving office.

Bernanke's hedge fund move is just keeping with a long Federal Reserve tradition

For the second time in the last two years, a senior ex-Federal Reserve official is going through policy’s revolving doors, and is getting back to business. Ben Bernanke is joining a hedge fund, about 18 months after former NY Fed Chair...Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke Isn't the Problem, the System Is the Problem

The former Federal Reserve chair is only the latest top regulator to head through the revolving door to the financial industry.

A bond trader who lost $1 billion recently resigned from the firm Ben Bernanke just joined

Ben Bernanke is joining asset manager Citadel. In seemingly unrelated news, Citadel's global head of fixed income recently resigned from the firm after losing $1 billion last year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, Derek Kaufman...Show More Summary

Bernanke on monetary reform

Well this is the post we’ve all been waiting for, isn’t it?  Ben Bernanke has a post discussing options for monetary reform. As you’d expect, it’s a really well thought out post—first rate.  And as you’d expect, I am still able to find a few points where I disagree.  But let’s start with the good […]

Citadel Head Bond Trader (And TBAC Member) "Leaves" After Losing $1 Billion

It is almost too coincidental to be a coincidence: on the day Ben Bernanke, who until a year ago was the biggest fixed income portfolio manager in the world courtesy of the Fed's $4.5 trillion in assets, joins Citadel as an advisor,Show More Summary

Congress sets the goals, the Fed sets the intermediate target

(April 16, 2015 12:45 PM, by Scott Sumner) Over at TheMoneyIllusion I have a long post discussing Ben Bernanke's recent comments on monetary reform. There is one issue that seems especially important, and I wanted to devote an entire post to the subject. Here's Bernanke: I want to... (0 COMMENTS)

Video: Rethinking Macro Policy

Rethinking Macro Policy III: Session 3. Monetary Policy in the Future Chair: José Viñals, Ben Bernanke, Gill Marcus, John Taylor Rethinking Macro Policy: Session 4. Fiscal Policy in the Future Chair: Vitor Gaspar, Marco Buti, Martin Feldstein, Brad DeLong,

Ben Bernanke Joins Hedge Fund Specializing In Derivatives

Ben Bernanke arguing before the financial crisis that there was no problem in the housing market. Time to ring the cash register. Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke is set to begin working for the hedge fund Citadel Investment Group as a senior adviser. Bernanke will meet with potential investors and work with traders [...]

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