Ben Bernanke

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 »


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  • 18 Jul 2013 at 1:15 PM

James Gorman: Give It Up For Ben Bernanke

“Chairman Bernanke has done a phenomenal job. Hat’s off to him. The fed has played this well. They need to see concrete, unambiguous signs of recovery, at which point, we should all celebrate the fact that rates are rising.” [BloombergTV]

The IMF chief, whose words have never and will never rattle markets like those of the Beard, cannot understand why the Fed is unable to deploy information as sagaciously and effectively as her august organization. Read more »

James Bullard was just wondering why certain genial, bearded men would set specific goals for a program and then ignore them. Read more »