The Fed

  • Ben Bernanke, The Fed

    Huge Congrats, Ben Bernanke

    Not only did the Beard of Understanding land some prime modeling gigs on the success of his Times spread, but he’s reached the penultimate step toward being named Most Popular girl in school (all that’s left to do is blow the editor-in-chief of the year book, who tallies up senior superlative ballots). A new CNBC […]

    / Feb 27, 2008 at 4:06 PM
  • Donald Trump, The Fed

    Donald Trump Reacts To Calls For ‘Stimulus’ Plan

    There’s a lot to love in this interview with Neil Cavuto and Don Trump (Cavuto’s expressions (he’s definitely been practicing these, go to 9:02 and tell me I’m wrong); Cavuto’s jokes (DT: “Ben Bernanke could’ve been a leader, instead he was a follower” NC: “He should’ve read Think Big And Kick Ass In Business And […]

    / Jan 18, 2008 at 8:53 AM
  • The Fed

    Caption Contest Wednesday: I Stroke My Beard As If To Say, “Yeah, I Know Shit”

    (While I’m stroking it, I’m also saying, please do not question my judgment in agreeing to pose like this. Not that I have to defend myself to you, but I think this is exactly the way America would like to see its Fed chairman, at this time especially. Anyway. Email me for the pics that […]

    / Jan 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM
  • The Fed

    Bernanke’s “Move”

    The unintentional Seinfeld reference that made us giggle today – Bernanke’s move on the U.S. economy is to stop short, emulating great central bank economists and driver’s seat molesters. Bernanke didn’t offer any inkling that rates would be cut at the September 18 FOMC meeting, disappointing Wall Streeters convinced that their whining was driving the […]

    / Sep 11, 2007 at 11:22 AM
  • Ben Bernanke, The Fed

    Bernanke: Come to My Window

    Some punk analyst (No really, some Punk Ziegel & Co. analyst) is accusing the Fed of forcing the major banks to borrow from the discount window. Market analyst Richard Bove thinks Bernanke sweetly serenaded JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wachovia and Citi to a tune of “Come to my window / Borrow cash, even though you […]

    / Aug 24, 2007 at 10:15 AM
  • Reader Poll, The Fed

    The Fed Says…Something…or Maybe Something Else

    Some quick and mixed reactions to todays Fed Statement. “The Fed eliminated a reference to a moderation in the housing market’s downturn and was vague enough on its future intentions to convince the assembled parties on trading floors and at computer desks that all was still ok, and if it wasn’t, the Fed would come […]

    / Mar 21, 2007 at 4:30 PM
  • Reader Poll, The Fed

    Federal Reserve: A DealBreaker Reader Poll

    The Federal Reserve is meeting for the last time this year today. A statement is expected a quarter past two this afternoon. So we thought we’d take a quick reader poll in advance of the statement on the question of what the Fed will do. Make Free Online Polls

    / Dec 12, 2006 at 11:36 AM
  • Citicorp, James Dimon, JPMorganChase, The Fed

    The Wound The Financial Press Will Never Let Heal: Jamie & Sandy

    Has there been a news story about JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon in the last year that hasn’t mentioned his famous falling out with his mentor Sanford Weill? Dimon gets the CEO slot, and it’s all about getting fired by Weill. Dimon is “expected” to get the chairman of the board seat? Yep, more about […]

    / Nov 7, 2006 at 11:08 AM
  • Ben Bernanke, The Fed

    The Dippin’ Demogrizzle Transition: Will We Treat Future Generizzles Fairly?

    Ben Bernanke’s speech to the Washington Economic Club put through the Gizoogle treatment. In com’n decades, many forces will shape our economy n our society, but in all likelihood no single factor will have as pervasive an effect as tha aging of our populizzles In 2008, as tha first poser of tha baby-boom generizzles reach […]

    / Oct 4, 2006 at 3:25 PM
  • Ben Bernanke, The Fed

    Fed Speak Circa 1968

    Actually we have no idea what year Fed chief Ben Bernanke wrote his “Hippie Dictionary.” But we’re glad he did. It’s actually quite good, and nicely post-modern with its inter-textual self-referentiality. Here are the excerpts reprinted by Bloomberg. Bird — a lady as in “cute chick” or “henpecked” Dig — to like, to enjoy, as […]

    / Sep 12, 2006 at 10:40 AM
  • The Fed

    The Jekyll Island Election?

    When we were in college, a competing student paper ran into trouble paying its bills. Our paper, which was notorious for its outlandishly reactionary viewpoint, offered to financially bail out the other if it would modify its editorial policy in certain ways, including supporting a ban on fractional reserve banking and the abolition of the […]

    / Aug 31, 2006 at 2:04 PM
  • The Fed

    Bunning v. Bernanke

    We’re decidedly ignorant when it comes to people who have job titles like “Senator.” That may or not be a good thing. Maybe knowing something about those types would help us understand the world better. But the cost of paying attention and seeing through the spin seems enormous. So our ignorance is probably pretty rational. […]

    / Jul 27, 2006 at 9:28 AM
  • The Fed

    Roach vs. Bernanke, or In Re: Pots, Kettles & Economists

    This afternoon on Bloomberg’s financial news cable station Stephen Roach, aka Wall Street’s worst economist, asked, “Will the real Ben Bernanke please stand up?” The Morgan Stanley economist then added that the Fed chairman has a “credibility issue.” Over on Crossing Wall Street, Eddy Elfenbein explores the deeper meaning of Roach’s comments. This raises two […]

    / Jul 20, 2006 at 3:02 PM
  • The Fed

    The Lord of the Rings Theory of The Federal Reserve

    Every now and then it’s helpful to break-up the now standard “pause” or “rate increase” talk about the Federal Reserve’s next step with a reminder that the Fed is not a force of nature–like say hurricanes–but something invented sometime near the start of the last century. The folks who write for LewRockwell.Com like to call […]

    / Jul 10, 2006 at 9:22 AM
  • The Fed

    Instant Fed Statement Generator

    Paul Kedrosky is fed up with listening to people parse the latest statement from the Fed. So he has designed a tool to generate random Fed statements. Everytime you click on Ben Bernanke’s face it loads another absurd statement. Instant Ben: A Fed Press Release Generator [Infectious Greed]

    / Jun 30, 2006 at 9:37 AM
  • The Fed

    From the Dept. of Headlines We Should Have Written

    Fed bossman Ben Bernanke’s speech yesterday prompted a rash of good business journalism headline writing yesterday, much of it annoyingly better than our attempt. We liked the Street.Com’s “Bernanke Impresses” for the subtle way it reminds us how unimpressive Bernanke’s earlier performances have been. And Forbes’ “Bernanke’s Gin Rummy Game” is just weird enough to […]

    / Jun 16, 2006 at 9:06 AM
  • The Fed

    Bedeviling Ben Strikes Again!

    How much fun it must be to be Fed honcho Ben Bernanke these days! Coming in with a reputation of being somewhat soft on inflation, he then confused the markets by making alternating dovish and hawkish noises in several speeches and his famous dinner table aside to CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo. For the past couple of […]

    / Jun 15, 2006 at 3:04 PM
  • The Fed

    Kremlinology of the Fed

    Like the Soviet Union after Stalin, it seems that trying to figure out what is going on at the Fed after the Greenspan era is like predicting a game of chess among masters. Only this time, we’re the pawns. Or maybe the economy is the chess board. Or, oh, never mind. Gerard Baker reports: … […]

    / Jun 13, 2006 at 12:33 PM
  • The Fed

    James Grant: Of Course Bernanke’s Not Credible

    James Grant is one of our favorite commenters, and it’s not just because we have a soft spot for contrarians. Today the Wall Street Journal asked Grant whether Bernanke has credibility. Grant’s answer: Of course not; he works for the Fed, doesn’t he? If the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced, “The price of corn will […]

    / Jun 9, 2006 at 10:21 AM
  • The Fed

    It’s Lonely Being Ben

    Everyone’s hating on poor Ben Bernanke these days. Kudlow says Bernanke’s lost the plot. His admission to Senator Jim Bunning of a “lapse of judgment” in the Bartiromo kerfuffle is pure process—not content. His “data-driven” approach to policy is backward looking driving through the rear view mirror. Bernanke should go back to his confirmation hearing […]

    / May 25, 2006 at 9:05 AM
  • The Fed

    Bernanke’s Lapse Dance

    WallStFolly reports that Fed boss Ben Bernanke made his first public comment today on BartiromoGate while testifying before the Senate Banking Committee. “Senator, that episode you referred to was a lapse of judgment on my part. In the future, my communications with the public and with the markets will be entirely through regular and formal […]

    / May 23, 2006 at 2:07 PM
  • The Fed

    Chairman Greenspan Walks Into a Bar…

    CrossingWallStreet combs through the Fed’s 2000 transcripts (which were released yesterday) looking for the one element least likely to be found in Fed transcripts: jokes. A sampling: CHAIRMAN GREENSPAN. Governor Ferguson. MR. FERGUSON. I support both halves of your recommendation. And since we are confessing, I will confess that my heart is pure. MR. GRAMLICH. […]

    / Apr 5, 2006 at 11:40 AM

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