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Kuroda Could Steal The Show At Jackson Hole

Tomorrow is the big annual Fed conference in Wyoming. It typically draws the world's most powerful central bankers. This is where, in 2012, Ben Bernanke telegraphed a round three of its quantitative easing program. The economy was still shaky following the escalating sovereign debt crisis in Europe, which had taken Spain [...]

Goldman "Explains" Why Yellen Lost Credibility: "In Our View, The Fed Has Been Unlucky"

While historically the Kansas Fed's Jackson Hole symposium has not lead to dramatic market moves (with the exception of 2010 when Ben Bernanke unveiled QE2), it has traditionally served as a springboard for the Fed to prepare the market for any major shifts in policy, such as the 2013 tapering of QE. Show More Summary

Where is the “honest dialogue”?

Here is Ben Bernanke in 1999, talking about the situation in Japan: With respect to the issue of inflation targets and BOJ credibility, I do not see how credibility can be harmed by straightforward and honest dialogue of policymakers with the public.  In stating an inflation target of, say, 3-4%, the BOJ would be giving […]

The Fed is rethinking one thing too many

OFFICIALS at the Federal Reserve, a few of them anyway, seem to be rethinking their views of the economy in some dramatic ways. In a new blog post, however, Ben Bernanke suggests that Fed watchers shouldn't overstate the radicalism of the intellectual evolution within the Fed.

Bernanke on the Fed’s new view of the economy

Ben Bernanke has a post discussing the Fed’s evolving view of the economy: I’ll focus here on FOMC participants’ longer-run projections of three variables—output growth, the unemployment rate, and the policy interest rate (the federal funds rate)—and designate these longer-run values by y, u, and r, respectively. Show More Summary

Terminal funds rate down increasing odds of recession

I see that Ben Bernanke talks about how the Fed’s views of the economy are changing, in particular that the Fed funds rate at the Natural level of production (Terminal as Bernanke puts it) is being revised downward in the past year. This agrees with my research into effective demand. I see that the Natural […]

The Fed’s Shifting Perspective on the Economy and Its Implications for Monetary Policy

Ben Bernanke: The Fed’s shifting perspective on the economy and its implications for monetary policy:...The Federal Reserve has... been revising its views on some key aspects of the economy, and that’s been affecting its outlook both for the...

Bail-Outs, Bail-Ins and Financial Stability

Below is a final draft of a research note that will be posted on www.kbra.com later today. See final for chart & notes. It seems pretty clear that the initial reaction of the Federal Open Market Committee under Chairman Ben BernankeShow More Summary

How do people really feel about the economy?

How do people really feel about the economy? Ben S. Bernanke Brookings, June 30, 2016   Note: this was published last month, prior to either the GOP or DEM conventions.   Political outsiders have had quite a good year in the United States...Show More Summary

Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke Encrusted In The Dried Blood Of Lehman Brothers: Guy

Sayeth Professor Ball: "Fed officials have not been transparent about the Lehman crisis."

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!

Yen Soars, Stocks Slide After Kuroda Says "No Need Or Possibility For Helicopter Money"

The main catalyst that has pushed stocks to new all time highs, and sent the Yen plunging the most in the 21st century last week, were reports that Ben Bernanke was urging Japan to unleash helicopter money. Indeed, just yesterday, the...Show More Summary

What Is Helicopter Money? Goldman Explains

Whether Japan admits it or not, helicopter money - thanks to Ben Bernanke - is here, and the market's reaction this week was simply the first stage of pricing it in, as confirmed by the biggest drop in the Japanese currency this century. Incidentally,...Show More Summary

Nonmarketable perpetual bond bleg

James Alexander directed me to a very interesting Bloomberg article: Ben S. Bernanke, who met Japanese leaders in Tokyo this week, had floated the idea of perpetual bonds during earlier discussions in Washington with one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s key advisers.... He noted that helicopter money — in which the government issues […]

The Japanese yen is tanking

Good morning! The Japanese yen is tanking following some buzz that prime minister Shinzo Abe might be thinking about going for helicopter money. Bloomberg reported earlier on Thursday that former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, who met withShow More Summary

The Truth About the Great Depression That All Mainstream Economists Ignore

Ben Bernanke is back at it. Bailout Ben, the “hero” who missed the housing bubble, then oversaw the single largest handout in crony capitalist history, all the while playing favorites and lecturing the rest of us that we should be grateful...Show More Summary

It's Official: Bernanke Urges Japan To Unleash Helicopter Money

As previewed last week in "Something Big Is Coming: Bernanke To "Secretly" Meet With Kuroda; "Helicopter Money" On The Agenda", the week's key event, albeit behind closed doors, was the surprising meeting between Ben Bernanke and the BOJ's Kuroda as well as Japan's prime minister Abe. Show More Summary

Stockman Rages: Ben Bernanke Is "The Most Dangerous Man Walking This Planet"

Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, Ben Bernanke is one of the most dangerous men walking the planet. In this age of central bank domination of economic life he is surely the pied piper of monetary ruin. At least since...Show More Summary

Bernanke’s Black Helicopters Of Money

Ben Bernanke is one of the most dangerous men walking the planet. In this age of central bank domination of economic life he is surely the pied piper of monetary ruin. At least since 2002 he has been talking about “helicopter money” as if a notion which is pure economic quackery actually had some legitimate basis. Show More Summary

My Kuroda! Tokyo Welcomes Treasury Investors to ‘World of Japanification’

You can see former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at the Washington Nationals baseball games. He sits behind the Nationals dugout on the first baseline and wears an ill-fitting Nats cap and jaunty shorts. The post My Kuroda! Tokyo Welcomes Treasury Investors to ‘World of Japanification’ was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

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