Ben Bernanke

  • 21 Feb 2014 at 1:06 PM

What The Hell Were They Thinking?: Fed 2008 Edition

They were thinking things looked A-OK. For a while…. Read more »

Ben Bernanke is at the Brookings Institution and Janet Yellen is in charge at the Fed. And, if Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker is to be believed, it doesn’t matter at all. Read more »

Today Is The Last Day Of The Ben Bernanke Era

And what fun it’s been, even if we don’t remember it quite as fondly as the go-go days of Alan Greenspan. And since we’ll be without a Fed chairman or -woman this weekend, you’ll have plenty of time to reflect on the bearded sage and his place in history, perhaps with whiskey and a Miller High Life chaser. Read more »

  • 29 Jan 2014 at 3:46 PM

Ben Bernanke Offers Parting Gift On His Way Out

The Beard exits finishing what he started, in spite of everything. And his compatriots bade farewell with a rare parting gift of their own: unanimity. Read more »

Was he inspired by Monday’s gathering of his (two) living predecessors and their talk of legacy? Was he trying to keep Esther George from becoming the third person to go eight-for-eight in dissents? Or was the sly gray fox slow-playing us all along? Either way, history will note that it was Ben Bernanke who both began and began to end the great stimulus measure known as quantitative easing, and that the economy will have to try to survive being propped up with just $75 billion in bond purchases each month. Read more »

  • 17 Dec 2013 at 6:42 PM

Fed Throws Itself A Very Fed-Like Birthday Party

Before the Federal Open Market Committee began pretending to kick around the idea that maybe it might actually begin to cut its bond buys now, rather than, say, in the future, Ben Bernanke and co. threw themselves a little birthday party featuring the Beard’s only two surviving predecessors, to commemorate the signing of the bill that made all of the ink spilled about tapering stimulus programs possible. Read more »

  • 20 Nov 2013 at 4:49 PM

Ben Bernanke A Solid B-Plus At Running Fed

The former Princeton professor ends his tenure well ahead of the curve set by the likes Jean-Claude Trichet and Mervyn King. Read more »

Now that he’s got an official end date, Ben Bernanke’s on-again-off-again date with Hank Greenberg is off, again—for now. And probably for good. Read more »