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Japan Just Killed the "Bitcoin Will Be Banned" Meme

One of the most durable claims of cryptocurrency skeptics is that "governments will ban bitcoin once it threatens their fiat currency or their control." Ben Bernanke recently gave voice to this claim as if it was received wisdom. Sorry,...Show More Summary

The Great Moderation Never Ended

In 2002, Stock and Watson pointed out that the growth real rate of real GDP between 1984 and 2001 was much lower than it had been between 1960 and 1983, a phenomena dubbed the great moderation. In 2004, Ben Bernanke credited better monetary...Show More Summary

What Goldbugs Have Been Waiting For: Goldman’s New Primer On Gold

The good news is that Goldman believes “precious metals remain a relevant asset class in modern portfolios, despite their lack of yield” and disagrees with Ben Bernanke and the naysayers “They are neither a historic accident or a relic. Show More Summary

Bernanke Backs 'Ripple' At Blockchain Conference: "The Tech Is Promising"

Two months ago we noted former Fed chief Ben Bernanke's apparent flip-flop since leaving office as he agreed to be the keynote speaker at a blockchain conference. Having warned in 2015 of "serious problems" with bitcoin due to its "instability" and "anonymity"... [Bitcoin]'s interesting from a technological point of view. Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke Wouldn't Have to Worry if Trade Were More Balanced

Robert Samuelson used his column to relate concerns expressed by former Fed chair Ben Bernanke that the Fed would lack the ability to fuel a recovery when the United States next falls into a recession. Although Samuelson doesn't go into...Show More Summary

Stocks Spooked By News Trump Interviewed John Taylor For Fed Chair Job

Many years ago, when it was still unclear who would replace then outgoing Fed chair Ben Bernanke, Zero Hedge endorsed John Taylor for the role of Fed chair: a futile endorsement as it had no chance of ever coming true due to Taylor's...Show More Summary

Bernanke Proposes "Price-Level Targeting" Before Next Crisis, Admits There May Be A Problem

Having taken a four month hiatus from blogging, Citadel advisor and former Fed chair Ben Bernanke penned another article on his Brookings blog in which he discusses a familiar subject: that the Fed has run out of tools, a problematic...Show More Summary

Yellen Is So Much Better, And Still Nowhere Near Good

I wrote earlier today that I believe Ben Bernanke one of the smartest men around. Whatever you might think of the usefulness of his career work, it is quite clear it was accomplished with some great talent. He occasionally offered some good, novel insight. Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke to Give Keynote Speech at Cryptocurrency Conference

By Michael Shedlock – Ben Bernanke will join Sir Tim Berners-Lee as keynote speakers at the “Swell” cryptocurrency conference October 16-18 in Toronto. I don’t have an opinion on where Bitcoin is headed in any particular timeframe.

"Subprime Is Contained" (& Other Evidence That "They Really Don't Know What They're Doing")

Authored by Jeffrey Snider via Alhambra Investment Partners, Ben Bernanke, then Chairman of the Federal Reserve, told Congress in March 2007 that subprime was contained. He will rightfully be remembered in infamy for that, but that wasn’t the most egregious example of being wrong. Show More Summary

Subprime Is Contained (and other notable statements declaring They Really Don’t Know What They Are Doing)

Ben Bernanke, then Chairman of the Federal Reserve, told Congress in March 2007 that subprime was contained. He will rightfully be remembered in infamy for that, but that wasn’t the most egregious example of being wrong. The post Subprime...Show More Summary

Watch the full rant: Cramer's 'They know nothing!'

Ten years ago CNBC's Jim Cramer made his feelings clear when he sounded off on then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Missing Money Inverts

There was a funny sort of Congressional exchange all the way back in November 2005 that in a weird way defines our world today. At the nomination proceedings on whether to confirm Ben Bernanke as Alan Greenspan’s successor, Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky wanted the prospective Fed Chairman to first answer for M3. Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke vs. Wilbur Ross: Good vs. Bad "Black Swans"

Below is a comment from my friend and co-author Fred Feldkamp -- Chris On Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made a speech that upset the Chinese delegation attending the periodic US/China discussion of trade issues in Washington DC. Show More Summary

John Mauldin Warns "Prepare For Turbulence"

Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com, “The job of the central bank is to worry.” – Alice Rivlin “The central bank needs to be able to make policy without short-term political concerns.” – Ben Bernanke “… from the standpoint...Show More Summary

Sorry, I don't get the joke

(July 16, 2017 12:40 PM, by Scott Sumner) In January 2008, the US economy had fallen into recession and Ben Bernanke was already supportive of fiscal stimulus: Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, has told lawmakers that he can support tax cuts or spending measures to... (0 COMMENTS)

Ben Bernanke, in Denial? “When Growth is Not Enough”

Bernanke is selling the idea that things aren't that bad....which is true if you are in the top 20%, which he also kinda acknowledges...

David Stockman On The Coming Carmageddon

Authored by David Stockman via The Daily Reckoning, Ben Bernanke’s successors at the Fed and other global central banks still don’t get it. Falsified debt prices do not promote macroeconomic stability. They lead to reckless credit expansion cycles that eventually collapse due to borrower defaults. Show More Summary

History May Rhyme, But These Curves Repeat

What is most tragically ironic about the last decade is that the people who are supposed to have been in charge are the same people claiming it could never happen. Ben Bernanke, for example, made his career on studying the Great Depression. Show More Summary

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