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Bloomberg: IMF Warns of Growing Emerging-Market Risks as Fed Nears Liftoff. The IMF warned officials to protect their financial systems from possible instability as the U.S. Federal Reserve prepares to raise interest rates, saying shocks or policy missteps risk derailing the global economy and triggering equity market sell-offs. Show More Summary

Consumer Set New Borrowing Record in August

Alamy By MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON -- U.S. consumer borrowing advanced at a solid pace in August, as Americans took out more auto and student loans. The Federal Reserve says consumer borrowing rose by $16 billion in August, pushing the total to a fresh record of $3.47 trillion. The August advance was slightly below the July gain of $18.9 billion. Show More Summary

N.Y. Fed: Profits at Big U.S. Banks Soar Since Crisis

David Karp/AP By Richard Leong NEW YORK -- Profits have soared since the global financial crisis at the five biggest U.S. banks with market-making dealing operations, New York Federal Reserve economists said in an article released Wednesday. From...Show More Summary

US Federal Reserve ‘Should Wait’ on Raising Interest Rate

IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department Director Jose Vinals said that amid more uncertainty in the global economy, it is the IMF's judgement that the Federal Reserve should wait to increase policy rates until there are further signs of inflation, rising steadily towards its objective with continued strength in the labor market.

BERNANKE: I don't see any bubbles right now, but don't take my word for it (DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ, IWM, TLT)

Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke doesn't see any bubbles forming in global markets right right now. But he doesn't think you should take his word for it. And even if you did, that isn't the right question to ask anyway. Speaking at a Wall Street Journal event on Wednesday morning, Bernanke said, "I don't see any obvious major mispricings. Show More Summary

Gold Bulls Flood Into ‘Call’ Options

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York The gold vault at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Christopher Jacobson, a derivatives strategist at Susquehanna, says options trading has been bullish in the SPDR Gold Shares exchange-traded fund (GLD) of late. Gold’s been showing signs over life in recent weeks. Some analysts are getting downright optimistic. […]

The Great Rate Debate

My latest Bloomberg column asks why markets are obsessed with when the Federal Reserve will raise a key interest rate by a quarter point. Is our economy really so fragile that such a modest change would be disruptive? It’s unlikely that the direct effects would make a huge difference. Show More Summary

Profits at big U.S. banks soar since crisis: New York Fed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Profits have soared since the global financial crisis at the five biggest U.S. banks with market-making dealing operations, New York Federal Reserve economists said in an article released on Wednesday. From 2009 to 2014, the combined net income of J.P. Show More Summary

Two Fed economists tried to replicate some top economic studies — and the results are dreadful

A new economics paper is making the rounds this week, and it's got some pretty damning conclusions for the state of the whole subject. Federal Reserve economists Andrew Chang and Phillip Li set about researching how many of the results published in top economics journals could be replicated — repeating the study and finding the same results. Show More Summary

Tuesday links: meritorious mentors

Book review: Invest with the Fed: Maximizing Portfolio Performance by Following Federal Reserve Policy by Robert R. Johnson, Gerald R. Jensen and...

The Dollar, Jobs and Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve did not raise interest rates last month as many expected. Their reasons were understandable: one in 10 Americans remains unemployed, underemployed or so discouraged that they have fallen out of the labor force; inflation...Show More Summary

Chicago Fed Task Force Sets Terms For New Payments Solution

The Chicago Federal Reserve bank’s task force on improving the US payments system yesterday released a check list of criteria a new solution should meet. Ubiquity is important — it said that a new system should allow any individual or business to pay any other business or company. Or as [...]

Bernanke: Jail the Banksters

President Obama should have thrown the banksters in jail. That’s more or less what former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said in an interview this weekend with USA Today.

The Effect Of State Taxes On The Geographical Location Of Top Earners: Evidence From Star Scientists

Enrico Moretti (UC-Berkeley) & Daniel Wilson (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco), The Effect of State Taxes on the Geographical Location of Top Earners: Evidence from Star Scientists: Using data on the universe of U.S. patents filed between 1976 and 2010, we quantify how sensitive is migration by star scientist...

In Book, Bernanke Pins Weak Recovery on Congress

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The former Federal Reserve chairman, in a new memoir, says Congress did not “do its part” after the 2008 financial crisis calmed down.

The Fed and its fear of financial analysis: James Saft

Oct 6 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve isn’t just afraid of financial instability, it appears to fear financial analysis too. How else do you explain the strong relationship between the appearance of words like “equity values”, “froth”, and “lending standards” in interest-rate setting discussions and the Fed cutting interest rates? If you made this stuff […]

Asian shares rise on fading Fed tightening view

By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - The prospect of a delay in the U.S. Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates and signs of some stability in oil and commodity markets boosted Asian stocks on Tuesday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7 percent to two-week high. Show More Summary

Donald Trump and the Federal Reserve Board

Last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released his plan for changing the tax code. Trump wants big across the board tax cuts, with the largest tax cuts going to the wealthy. He claimed that his tax cut won't lead to a loss of revenue since it would lead to a huge spurt of economic growth. Show More Summary

DealBook: In Ben Bernanke’s Memoir, a Candid Look at Lehman Brothers’ Collapse

The former Federal Reserve chairman says he may have purposely misled the public about one of the most crucial moments in recent financial history.

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