Ben Bernanke

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    Things That Are On The Top Of The US’s To Do List

    “There are obviously very severe economic and social consequences from this level of unemployment,” Bernanke said at an event hosted by Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. “So getting new jobs, getting unemployment down is of an incredible importance.” [Reuters]

    / Nov 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    Charlie Gasparino: Lay Off Ben Bernanke, Lay On Obama

    Charles Gasparino is just going to cut right to the chase– he’s seen that YouTube clip. You know the one, with the bears talkin’ economics and calling the chairman of the Federal Reserve “The Ben Bernank”? Someone sent it to him the other day and not just some pissant from a bucket shop on Long […]

    / Nov 17, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    PIMCO’s Paul McCulley Tells Bernanke To Not Let The “Bastards” Grind Him Down

    Earlier today, PIMCO managing director Paul McCulley took to the company blog to offer a word of congratulations to Ben Bernanke. “Bravo, Ben,” McCulley, a fan of QE2, wrote. How has the mustachioed investor come to the conclusion that the Fed’s program is the right move for the economy? It passed his litmus test when […]

    / Nov 15, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    Nassim Taleb: Ben Bernanke Doesn’t Understand Risk

    “Did Ben Bernanke see the crisis?” Nassim Taleb asked on Bloomberg TV today. “No,” Taleb answered himself, “He was flying the plane and he crashed the plane…[Bernanke] reminds me of the LTCM people. They had brilliant people with great academic records and they blew up the fund and almost blew up Wall Street…Bernanke is someone […]

    / Nov 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM
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    FX Concepts’ John Taylor Can’t Get Over The Similarities Between Hitler And Ben Bernanke

    John Taylor, Chief Investment Officer of FX Concepts, has been doing a lot of thinking about the economy lately and he keeps coming back to one thing– how similar things are to Europe just prior to World War II and how Bernanke’s actions are eerily reminiscent to those of Adolf Hitler. Sure, the facial hair […]

    / Oct 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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    Ben Bernanke, Trendsetter?

    Ben Bernanke, December 16, 2009: “I’ve got a driver’s license, my American Express card, a debit card, a Jos. [A.] Bank card where I get my suits, I have a health insurance card. And then I have a variety of other cards, phone numbers, United Airlines, frequent flyer. And I have $45…$75…$85. I’m all set.”

    / Sep 24, 2010 at 5:27 PM
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    Bernanke: “We have come a long way, but there is still some way to travel.”

    Things look, you know bad, but really, nothing is fucked.

    / Aug 27, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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    Bernanke Portfolio Bouncing Back!

    Someone’s gonna be splurging at Jos A. Bank tonight.

    / Jul 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM
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    We’ve Finally Discovered Ben Bernanke And Alan Greenspan’s One Shared Interest

    Facial hair, of the ‘stache variety. One used to have an epic handlebar, as evidenced by his Harvard yearbook photo and the other wears a fake and goes around asking Deutsche Bank investor relations bunnies if he can interest them in a ride.

    / May 17, 2010 at 11:46 AM
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    Ben Bernanke Taking A Look At Greece

    Ben Bernanke is looking into Goldman’s Greek shenanigans, which may or may not have been strictly kosher- depending on if you pray at the House of LB or the house of Taibbi. The deals were brokered in 2001, so yeah, nine years seem about a reasonable amount of time for the Fed to start worrying. […]

    / Feb 25, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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    Guess What Ben Bernanke’s Doing In A Few Weeks?

    What he does basically every other day of his life– testifying about what he’s been up to. the House Financial Services Committee on Feb. 24. At this point, the whole thing looks like a creepy version of Groundhog Day, as it seems to be all the Federal Reserve chairman ever does. And we’re starting to […]

    / Feb 18, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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    Somebody Lend Ben Bernanke A Shovel

    Bernanke won’t be able to testify tomorrow before the House Financial Services Committee on the Fed’s exit strategy, because he’s “snowed in.” Right. What should Ben do with his snow day, besides snow angels with Timmy?

    / Feb 9, 2010 at 12:04 PM
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    Does Ben Bernanke Bear A Resemblance To Raj Rajaratnam?

    How about Mikhail Gorbachev?

    / Feb 5, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    Senate Stickin With Beard

    / Jan 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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    Geithner And Bernanke: Bros Before Hos

    Brothers in arms Timmy G. and Ben B. will stand for each other ’til the end. In an interview with Politico, Timmy boy warned that the financial markets would react negatively, Armageddon will come and there will be locust showers if Ben isn’t confirmed. So there you go. He warned you. In the meantime, there’s […]

    / Jan 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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    Who Could Take Over For Ben Bernanke?

    Neither Warren Buffett nor myself think or want it to come to this (the sex machine and I like our Fed Chairmen soft-spoken, bearded, and outfitted by Jos A. Bank) but some people– Barbara Boxer, Byron Dorgan, Russ Feingold– have forced our hand. In the event Benj is not in fact confirmed, who should take […]

    / Jan 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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    Ben Bernanke Would Love People To Poke Around The AIG Bailout

    Ah Bernanke and his perfect sense of timing. Ben decided to play nice today and wrote a letter to GAO Acting Comptroller Gene Dodaro to let him know that the Fed would “welcome a full review by GAO of all aspects of our involvement in the extension of credit to AIG.” Even though he’s on […]

    / Jan 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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    Move Over, Beard

    And suck it, Gretchen Morgenson. Here’s the real man of the year. Master of risk who did God’s work for Goldman Sachs but won it little love [FT]

    / Dec 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM
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    Charlie Gasparino: ‘Time’ Got It Wrong On Person Of The Year

    Yesterday, Time named Ben Bernanke Person of Year. This news didn’t sit right with country reporter Charlie Gasparino. Any old hobo would’ve been a better choice, but as luck would have it, Chaz has someone in particular in mind, who is more deserving of the award. And that, CG says, is Charlie Gasparino.

    / Dec 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM
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    Senate Banking Commitee Backs Beard


    / Dec 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM
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    Jim Bunning Wants To Send Ben Bernanke Back To Princeton

    [via ZH] Unfortunately, despite some inspired lines, his delivery sucks. Next time get someone to do a dramatic reading. Christopher Walken, Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino and Gary Busey would all be good picks (though you’ll never land The Buse, especially during the holiday party season). If you’d like to read along, the full statement, courtesy […]

    / Dec 3, 2009 at 4:38 PM
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    Starting A List

    Of Senators who are under the impression that The Beard’s last name is ‘Ber-na-ke’. Obviously this will be added to throughout the day. * Sen. Richard Shelby * Sen. Chris Dodd (really?)

    / Dec 3, 2009 at 10:10 AM
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    It’s Not You, Ben, It’s Me, Love, Chris Dodd

    Well, here’s a fun twist to Sen. Chris Dodd’s proposal to castrate the Federal Reserve: Big Ben Bernanke is set to travel to the Hill at some point after Thanksgiving for a few rounds with the gentleman from Connecticut, who heads the committee considering Bernanke’s renomination as chairman of the soon-to-be-inconsequential Fed. Now, Dodd is […]

    / Nov 11, 2009 at 9:03 AM
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    Caption Contest Monday: Make Bernanke’s A Double

    The Fed Chairman and Treasury Secretary at a recent Nationals game. What do you think they talked about?

    / May 26, 2009 at 9:00 AM
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    Ken Lewis Throws Paulson, Bernanke Under Bus

    Why didn’t Ken Lewis tell Bank of America shareholders that the company they were acquiring was set to report an imperial asston of losses for the fourth quarter, information that would’ve been more useful to them before the deal went through, rather than after? ‘Cause Paulson and Bernanke shoved him in the trunk of a […]

    / Apr 23, 2009 at 8:07 AM
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    Needs More Cowbell Fed

    When you are on track to spend a few trillion dollars, communication is everything. People have to feel they are getting something for their hard earned money. That progress is being made. It’s like the big, red thermometer with dollars on the side during the charity drive. Progress. See? So the Federal Reserve is sort […]

    / Apr 15, 2009 at 10:48 AM
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    Hey Ben, What’s The Holdup?

    “Hey, Ben. Get to the spending, already. Let’s go! That balance sheet is shrinking. Do you think we are paying you to shrink the balance sheet? No sir-ee, Bob. Expansion. Expansion. Ex-pan-sion. Aggressive… aggressive… let’s be aggressive. Right? Get it? Let me put it in terms you can understand. If the Fed’s balance sheet doesn’t […]

    / Mar 17, 2009 at 12:22 PM
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    The Cult Of The Beard

    Yep. He’s back. As usual, we listen so you don’t have to. 10:02: There he is! There he is! Oh no, now his wife bleached his tie accidentally. Wyden: Well, the Chairman was otherwise occupied (fly fishing), so I’m going to grandstand for a little while. Look, we want some damn good news, so get […]

    / Mar 3, 2009 at 9:58 AM

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