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Bernanke: 2008 Meltdown Was Worse Than Great Depression

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a prominent student of the Great Depression, contends that the 2008 financial crisis was actually worse than its 1930s counterpart.

Oil Prices Melt as Fed's QE Shrinks

Time magazine awarded Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke Man of the Year for his efforts that led the Fed to buy $3 trillion in bonds and mortgages to push up prices on the securities markets in order to create a “wealth effect”. Bernanke’s “quantitative easing” (QE) was supposed to put more money in circulation to encourage people to consume. Show More Summary

MiB: Sheila Bair, Chairman of FDIC

Sheila Bair, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., describes what it was like in the room with former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke when the global economy was on the verge of falling into the abyss in this week’s “Masters in Business” podcast. Listen to the...Read More

The Fed's Track Record: $389,863 Spent For Every Job Created… AT BEST

The Fed likes to claim that its policies are aimed at helping Main Street. Ben Bernanke began this argument when he was still Fed Chairman. Janet Yellen has since taken it a step further claiming that she comes from an “intellectualShow More Summary

Why The Wealth Effect Doesn't Work

By WindRock Wealth Management: Higher equity prices will boost consumer wealth and help increase confidence, which can spur spending. — Ben Bernanke, 2010 Across all financial media, between both political parties, and among most mainstream economists, the “wealth effect” is noted, promoted, and touted. Show More Summary

Salvador Dali - Central Banker?

Submitted by Monty Pelerin via Economic Noise blog, Would Salvador Dali make a better Federal Reserve Chairman than Janet Yellen or Ben Bernanke before her? If that seems far-fetched to you, read on to understand the benefits Salvador Dali might provide for the Fed. Show More Summary

The Jackson Hole Spin

By Joseph Calhoun: By Jeffrey P. Snider As is usual at this time of year, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and FOMC will gain inordinate attention due to the upcoming Jackson Hole assembly. Ben Bernanke in his stint made use of the PR to first introduce his ideas about coming intervention and manipulation. Show More Summary

CNBC's Rick Santelli Is Right: Stock Buybacks Are Obfuscating Financial Results

By Shock Exchange: Earlier this month Rick Santelli of CNBC went on another one of his epic rants. This time the rant was over Fed Chairmen Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen treating the U.S. economy like it was in crisis. He and CNBC's Steve Liesman got into a heated debate about whether easy money had created a stock market bubble. Show More Summary

Second Quarter 2014 Economic Update: Unemployment dropped even as the labor market remained subdued

After Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was sworn in to replace the outgoing Ben Bernanke earlier this year, she made it clear that she was going to rely on a larger variety of economic indicators besides the unemployment rate, which has steadily declined to just over six percent. Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke: Life is "Absolutely" Better Now Than He's No Longer at Fed; Doesn't Want to Talk About Auditing the Fed

last monthNews : Reason

I'm on my way up to New York from Washington and ran into former Fed head Ben Bernanke waiting for the train. Here's a 15 second interview with him. Is his life better now hat he's no longer running the nation's central bank? "Absolutely." Does he think the Fed should be audited? Er, he doesn't want to do an interview.

Bernanke Pitched A Gem, Yellen Needs To Raise Rates For The Save

Ben Bernanke pitched his way out of a jam during the financial crisis six years ago. In the Fed’s extraordinary fight to stave off deflation, the former Fed chairman is a middle reliever who inherited a bunch of base runners from the starting pitcher in this game, Alan Greenspan.  It hasn’t been pretty but judging [...]

Yellen Yap: Silliness, Outright Lies, and Some Refreshingly Accurate Reporting

Yellen Yap SillinessThe spotlight on Fed Chair Janet Yellen is rather amusing given she is more disingenuous than former Chair Ben Bernanke. Some of the headlines are downright silly. For example, Bloomberg reports Dollar Rises to Highest in 3 Weeks on Yellen Comments. Show More Summary

BOJ Will be Ready When it’s Time to Normalize Policy, Officials Say

Like the Federal Reserve, which found that ending its extraordinary support for the U.S. economy required careful and patient planning – witness last summer’s “taper tantrum” when then-Chairman Ben Bernanke first hinted at an exit – the Bank of Japan is already preparing for the Day After. An opposition lawmaker grilled Bank of Japan Gov. Show More Summary

FOMC Tenures: Long Terms Mean Current Committee Could Be Going Nowhere

The Federal Reserve has just experienced a good deal of turnover, with four governors, including former Chairman Ben Bernanke, departing in the past year. Janet Yellen has taken leadership of the central bank along with Stanley Fischer who was sworn in as vice chairman this week. Show More Summary

Here's The Ultra-Simple Explanation Of What The Fed Is Doing

"The Fed, whether run by Ben Bernanke or Janet Yellen, is in no rush, after so many head fakes over the last four years, to jeopardize the recovery by tightening too soon or reducing accommodation too quickly. That’s it. Full stop." That's...Show More Summary

We Shale Overcome

By Joseph Y. Calhoun III: What is (was?) Quantitative Easing intended to accomplish? Here's what Ben Bernanke said at Jackson Hole when he first proposed the program: The channels through which the Fed's purchases affect longer-term interest rates and financial conditions more generally have been subject to debate. Show More Summary

Wine Country Conference II Videos: Stephanie Pomboy "Confessions of Ben Bernanke", Mebane Faber “Global Stock Valuations”

A second set of Wine Country Conference Speaker Presentation videos is now available. This set features Stephanie Pomboy on the Confessions of Ben Bernanke, Mebane Faber on Global Stock Valuations, and panel a discussion with John Hussman, Mebane Faber, Stephanie Pomboy. Show More Summary

Bernanke’s Loose Lips

Are Ben Bernanke’s loose lips the real cause of surging stocks and plunging interest rates? Yes,he may have been the catalyst for the recent market rally.  Read my full column here.

ECB Under Pressure to Abandon Superior Policy Stance

The European Central Bank is under pressure. Inflation in the eurozone is at 0.7 percent but as Ben Bernanke supposedly stated, we are never sure if we measure these things correctly. So by all we know, the eurozone may already be in mild deflation.

Ben Bernanke's Speeches: At Least One Business Is Prospering

There are a couple of possible reasons why Bernanke rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars per private dinner party. Not one of them is good.

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