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The Twelve Days of the Federal Reserve

Here's a little Christmas fun from the Gold Standard Institute. Who needs Santa to bring us presents, when we have the Fed?

For David Ignatius, Wrecking the Economy Is a Credential

That's right, he complains that Elizabeth Warren opposed Larry Summers' nomination for Federal Reserve Board chair even though he played a central role in designing the policies that led to the housing bubble and the subsequent collapse. Show More Summary

Have Yourself a Very Remy Christmas

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Nothing says Christmas quite like songs about the Federal Reserve and TSA pat-downs. With this in mind, here are three classic holiday treats from Remy and Reason TV.   "Remy: Grandma Got Indefinitely Detained (A Very TSA Christmas)" was originally released on Dec. Show More Summary

Dear Federal Reserve

Dear Federal Reserve: As we approach your last get together of the year I first want to wish you all great holidays and a happy and healthy new year. I also want to extend my utmost respect for the time you have given to public service in your contribution of what is the Federal Reserve...Read More

Wall Street Had a Merry Christmas. The New Year's Still Up For Grabs.

Sen. Sherrod Brown discusses his upcoming role on the Senate Banking Committee (from The Zero Hour) They're calling it a "Christmas gift" for Wall Street. Last week the Federal Reserve announced that it's giving US banks yet another extension on the "Volcker Rule" provision in the Dodd/Frank financial reform bill. Show More Summary

"Central Banking Has Lost Its Way," Stephen Roach Warns "The Fed Is Heading For Another Catastrophe"

Authored by Stephen Roach, originally posted At MarketWatch via Project Syndicate, America’s Federal Reserve is headed down a familiar — and highly dangerous — path. Steeped in denial of its past mistakes, the Fed is pursuing the same incremental approach that helped set the stage for the financial crisis of 2008-2009. Show More Summary

It'll Be Interesting To See What Happens To This Map As The Oil Crash Catches Up To America's Shale States

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has published its latest coincident indexes for the 50 US states. It's report included the map below, which shows the three month change in the index. The index combines data on payroll employment,...Show More Summary

5 Essential Provisions for the Higher Education Act to Alleviate Student Debt Today

Ericka Davis of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently noted that "[o]ver the past decade, student debt has skyrocketed and delinquency rates have nearly doubled to levels much higher than for other consumer lending products." The...Show More Summary

Are Stocks About To Break Out Relative To Fear?

While there are numerous reasons for recent volatility in asset prices, the market has primarily focused on concerns related to economic weakness in Europe, the possibility of a widespread Ebola outbreak, and the Federal Reserve. The chart below shows the performance of stocks relative to the VIX Fear Index over the past seven [...]

Philly Fed: State Coincident Indexes increased in 44 states in November

From the Philly Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for November 2014. In the past month, the indexes increased in 44 states, decreased in two, and remained stable in four, for a one-month diffusion index of 84. Show More Summary

Overseas Risks Could Delay Rate Hike to 2016, Ex-Fed’s Kohn Says

The U.S. economy’s gradual improvement is being threatened by weaker economic growth prospects overseas, something that might force Federal Reserve officials to wait beyond next year before raising interest rates, according to former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Donald Kohn.

The Fed Is Running On The Final Fumes Of Its Credibility

Submitted by James H Kunstler via Kunstler.com, Janet Yellen and her Federal Reserve board of augurers might as well have spilled a bucket of goat entrails down the steps of the mysterious Eccles Building as they parsed, sliced, andShow More Summary

The Federal Reserve's Dirty Little Secret

The Fed has a dirty little secret, one it has closely guarded over the past six years of unconventional monetary policy. This secret has eluded many journalists, commentators, and economists and led to much confusion over monetary policy. Show More Summary

FT: New York Fed Probes ETF Pricing Mechanics

The pricing mechanism for exchange-traded funds is garnering attention from regulators at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to the Financial Times. Tracy Alloway reports that the New York Fed, which wields authority as Wall Street’s top regulator, is asking tough questions about the potential for ETF prices to veer sharply from the [...]

Why 7.2 billion notes

Last week, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing announced that the Federal Reserve had ordered the printing of 7.2 million Federal Reserve Notes for Fiscal Year 2015. This represents over $188 billion in currency. According to the Federal Reserve, the number of notes they order depends on the predicted growth in demand and the predicted [...]

Fed Watch: Asked and Answered. Mostly.

Tim Duy: Asked and Answered. Mostly, by Tim Duy: Last week I had six questions for Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Here is my attempt to piece together the answers from her post-FOMC press conference: Question 1: If you want...

The False Promises Of 2% Inflation

Submitted by Richard Ebeling via Epic Times blog, A specter is haunting the world, the specter of two percent inflationism. Whether pronounced by the U.S. Federal Reserve or the European Central Bank, or from the Bank of Japan, manyShow More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 12/19/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 12/19/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Federal Reserve keeps interest rates steady for now; suggests rates...Show More Summary

Fed’s Plosser Explains Dissent Vote, Says Policy Language Still Calendar-based

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia leader Charles Plosser said in a statement Friday the U.S. central bank is failing to make its monetary policy stance truly dependent on how the economy performs.

Fed’s Williams: No Rate Increase Likely For a Couple of Meetings

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams affirmed Friday that he believes any increase in short-term interest rates is unlikely to happen until the middle of next year.

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