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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

2008 Meltdown Was Worse Than Great Depression, Bernanke Says

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.

These 3 Things Will Keep Stocks Moving Higher...Which May Surprise You

By Keith Springer: The clear consensus among investors is that a catastrophic fall in the market is imminent. We all love to focus on the effects of the government and Federal Reserve's meddling in the economy, most notably a massive $17.5 trillion in debt for the country and another $4 trillion debt held at the Fed. Show More Summary

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded at Fastest Pace in Three Years

The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity expanded at its fastest pace since March 2011 in August. TheRead the Rest...

AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution

Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve. They agree with the Fed that the job market still isn't healthy. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most fear...

A Note on Understanding the Debate Inside the Federal Reserve: Afternoon Comment

[Over at Equitable Growth:]( Paul Krugman sends us to Binyamin Applebaum, who writes: Binyamin Appelbaum: [Fed Dissenters Increasingly Vocal About Inflation Fears:]( 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

Oil prices up in Asia

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Oil prices rose in Asia on Tuesday as dealers await the release of a batch of US economic data for clues on whether the Federal Reserve will speed up its timetable for raising interest rates, analysts said. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate...Show More Summary

Even Mainstream Academia Worried About Massive Bubbles In Markets

By EconMatters: Academia Finally Sounding Alarm As stocks set new records each month even other academic economists are starting to realize that not only is the Federal Reserve behind the curve, but that they are part of the rising risk...Show More Summary

Ag Economy; Rural America; Farm Bill; and, Biotech- Tuesday

Agricultural Economy An update yesterday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis stated that, “Farm incomes fell from April through June, according to results of the Minneapolis Fed’s second-quarter (July) agricultural credit conditions survey. Show More Summary

The Rate Rise Timeline To Watch For Now

By Rick Rieder: As market watchers dissect Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s widely anticipated Jackson Hole Symposium comments, many are focusing on her statements regarding how the U.S. jobs market has not yet fully recovered. Show More Summary

Truth Has No Place in the Attack of Inflation Hawks

There is a growing push by inflation hawks to get the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates. They argue that inflationary pressures are picking up steam and if the Fed doesn't move quickly, we will soon be caught up in an inflationary spiral. If this sounds obscure and esoteric, then you better do some quick homework. Show More Summary

'Mystery Woman' Leads the US Economy

Just what is percolating in Janet Yellen's mind? The "diminutive woman with a pixie haircut"—oh, and chief of the US Federal Reserve—has emitted vague policy signals but divulged no clear plan (as Fed chiefs are wont to do), Politico reports. Some see a progressive with labor leanings, but...

Rate Hike By June Still Only A 50-50 Bet

If the economy continues to improve, it is not a question of if, but when the Federal Reserve will begin to raise interest rates. Since markets set asset prices, it is prudent to keep an eye on market expectations relative to the timing of the first rate increase. From The Wall Street Journal: Futures [...]

The Fed Is Not As Powerful As We Think

This past week marked the annual gathering of bankers, financial officials, and other economic experts hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. On Friday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank...Show More Summary

Preemptive Move on Rates Still Unlikely

Janet Yellen has given her widely anticipated opening speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Jackson Hole Conference. As expected, she devoted her remarks to the labor market, which is the subject of this year’s confere...

Manufacturers in Texas Continue to Grow, but at a Somewhat Slower Pace in August

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said that manufacturing activity continued to grow, but at a slower pace in August.Read the Rest...

Obamacare Continues to Destroy Jobs

Three new Federal Reserve surveys reveal Obamacare continues to force employers to slash jobs and hours in response to the unpopular healthcare overhaul, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last Thursday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia...Show More Summary

A Few Fed Policy Answers From the Jackson Hole Sidelines

Before heading out to Jackson Hole, Wyo., for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s annual conference, we laid out a few key questions for meeting participants, which included top policy makers from around the world and prominent academic economists.

Odds and Ends as Jackson Hole Notebook Closes

The Federal Reserve’s annual Jackson Hole economics symposium, sponsored by the Kansas City Fed, is in the record books.

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