Posts Tagged ‘Federal Reserve’

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    Financial Markets: Data Matters

    Apr 12, 13 • 500 Views • No Comments

    Because of a Fed “flub,” data has been in the news lately. First, though, let’s look at a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data story. On a Thursday during 1998, a Wall Street economist noticed job creation data on the BLS web site that was...  [read more]

  • QE3 and the Baby Boomers

    Sep 14, 12 • 239 Views • No Comments

    At the beginning of yesterday’s QE3 press conference, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke referred to the plight of savers. Similarly, during an August “Conversation With the Chairman,” Dr. Bernanke was asked, “What about the savers?” Both...  [read more]

  • The Fed Debate

    Sep 5, 12 • 384 Views • No Comments

    10 years ago, the future Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said to Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, “Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.” What...  [read more]

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    A Surprising Deficit Worry

    Oct 22, 11 • 251 Views • No Comments

    Who do you think is the biggest holder of U.S. government debt? The U.S. government. Whenever Social Security collects more payroll tax money than it needs, it buys U.S. securities. Retaining cash would mean no return, buying stock could be risky and,...  [read more]

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    Too Big To Fail

    Aug 15, 11 • 250 Views • No Comments

    Imagine for a moment that you are the CEO of a large bank. Offered the opportunity to participate in a risky business deal, you say, “Yes.” If the venture succeeds, you benefit. If it fails and threatens your bank’s survival, the government...  [read more]