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Breaking Bad (Debt) - Episode 3

Submitted by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog, In Part One of this three part article I laid out the groundwork of how the Federal Reserve is responsible for the excessive level of debt in our society and how it has warped the thinking of the American people, while creating a tremendous level of mal-investment. Show More Summary

Bill Gross: Too Much Debt, Too Many Zombie Corporations, Low Interest Rates Destroy Pension System

In an Bloomberg Television interview Bill Gross of Janus Capital spoke with Bloomberg Television's Trish Regan about the outlook for Federal Reserve policy, the U.S. economy and his objectives at Janus Capital.Key Quotes "Not even thin gruel is being offered to our modern-day Oliver Twist investors. Show More Summary

Fed’s Regional Banks Are ‘Unconstitutional,’ Brookings Paper Says

The Federal Reserve’s 12 regional banks are “unconstitutional” and contribute to the popular misperception that the central bank is a privately owned institution not fully accountable to the public interest.

The Federal Reserve Board's Plan to Kill Jobs

There is an enormous amount of political debate over various pieces of legislation that are supposed to be massive job killers. For example, Republicans lambasted President Obama's increase in taxes on the wealthy back in 2013 as a job killer. Show More Summary

The Fed's Record

Adam Davidson makes some strong claims for the Fed in the New York Times Magazine: Congress created a new entity, the  Federal Reserve System, whose experts would manage the value of the dollar by setting key interest rates. That system...Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke Says Fed Already Follows Policy Rule

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that Republican efforts to force the central bank to adopt an official policy rule to conduct interest policy are redundant because the Fed already sets out clear benchmarks for its interest rate actions.

Are You Prepared For Negative Interest Rates?

Last Tuesday, all eyes were on Federal Reserve Chief Janet Yellen. In prepared testimony, she offered a few hints that interest rate increases may begin this summer. While the crowd is

Near Fed majority backs June liftoff

Janet Yellen's premium on consensus may lead to a Federal Reserve decision the chair hasn't yet endorsed. ||| Washington - Janet Yellen's premium on consensus may lead to a Federal Reserve decision the chair hasn't yet endorsed, as a near majority aligns in favor of a possible June interest rate hike. Show More Summary

Fed Watch: Game On

Tim Duy: Game On, by Tim Duy: Almost too much Fed news last week to cover in one post. The highlight of the week was Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony to the Senate and House. On net, I think...

Americans say keep politics out of the Fed

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By Michael Flaherty WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans don't know who runs the Federal Reserve, but they do believe that elected officials should stay out of its business, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll.     Just 24 percent of those polled said Congress should be allowed to have detailed oversight of the Fed, the poll shows. Show More Summary

A financial system still dangerously vulnerable to a panic

The Federal Reserve’s powers to act as lender of last resort need to be restored and strengthened.

Why Federal Reserve Monetary Tightening Is Still A Distant Event

The combination of a precarious global financial system, muted inflationary pressures, and a significant U.S. debt overhang means the Fed will be accommodative for the foreseeable future. Look for the Fed to hike by only 0.25% this year, with one more 0.25% hike in the first half of 2016.

Fed’s Williams Sees Full U.S. Employment by Year End

The U.S. economy will be operating at "full employment" by the end of this year as the unemployment rate drops to 5%, said John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, on Sunday.

If You Aren’t Rich by 45, Give Up

Life may begin at 40, according to any number of Hallmark cards, but by 45, your chances of ever landing a major raise are pretty much dead. At least, that's one of the many takeaways from a recent paper by a group of Federal Reserve...Show More Summary

Strategies: Plenty of Noise, but Not Much Guidance From Fed or Company Reports

Guidance from the Federal Reserve and corporations could help investors who are concerned with what will happen to their money, but there is little evidence it has been useful.

House Republicans Intensify Attacks on Federal Reserve

At a hearing, the Federal Reserve chairwoman defended the Fed’s actions and warned against proposals to constrain its independence.

Rand Paul Has a Remarkably Silly Idea for a New Currency

Rand Paul's nutty animosity toward the Federal Reserve and modern monetary policy in general are old news by now, so it's not surprising that he'd be intrigued by the idea of cryptocurrencies, given that they aren't controlled by a central bank. Show More Summary

On Money: In Greenbacks We Trust

The Federal Reserve is playing a mind game — but with enormous real-world consequences.

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