Posts Tagged ‘ Federal Reserve ’

Bernanke seen keeping up pace of QE until fourth quarter

March 20, 2013
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Bloomberg    

"Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will probably start reducing the Federal Reserve’s $85 billion in monthly bond buying no earlier than the fourth quarter of 2013, economists said in a Bloomberg survey. The Fed chief will probably halt the unprecedented easing in the first half of next year after expanding central bank assets to a record of about $4 trillion, according to median estimates by 46 economists surveyed March 13-18 before a two-day meeting of policy makers ending today." (03/20/13)

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The Federal Reserve’s first century

February 20, 2013
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"One factor often cited as contributing to the decline of the Roman Empire was the debasement of the currency. In a period of about 150 years following Emperor Nero’s reign (from 54 to 68 AD) the value of Rome’s currency fell by 50%. By 250 AD, 200 years after Nero, the value of Rome’s currency was only 5% of its value two centuries before. The Federal Reserve Bank (Fed), founded in 1913 and now in its centennial year, controls the value of the US dollar. The currency debasement in the Roman Empire looks positively tame compared to what the Fed has done to the value of the dollar." (02/19/13)

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Fed undertakes QE3 with $40 billion per month mortgage debt purchases

September 13, 2012
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"The Federal Reserve said it will expand its holdings of long-term securities with open-ended purchases of $40 billion of mortgage debt a month in a third round of quantitative easing as it seeks to boost growth and reduce unemployment. ... [Fed Chairman Ben] Bernanke said the open-ended purchases would continue until the labor market improved significantly." (09/13/12)

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Fed moves toward open-ended bond purchases to satisfy Bernanke

September 3, 2012
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Bloomberg    

"Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke says the U.S. economy is 'far from satisfactory.' His colleagues are moving to embrace policies that will stay in place until he’s satisfied. Four Fed presidents have come out in favor of an open-ended strategy for bond buying, with three calling for the program to begin now. Rather than specify a fixed amount of bonds to purchase by a certain date, such a strategy would leave the Fed able to announce a pace of purchases that it could adjust as the economy gets closer to Bernanke’s goals." (09/02/12)

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The ultimate disorganizing organization

May 9, 2012
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Peter G. Klein  

"Ironically, though economics clearly teaches the impossibility of efficient resource allocation under centralized economic planning, as demonstrated (theoretically) in the 1920s and 1930s by economists such as Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek, and (empirically) by the universally recognized failure of centrally planned economies throughout the 20th century, many people think that the monetary system is an exception to the general principle that that free markets are superior to central planning." (05/09/12)

http://mises.org/daily/6040/The-Ultimate-Disorganizing-Organization  

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The Fed: The keeper of monopoly

March 18, 2012
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"The essential role of the Fed, both within the banking sector and the economy more generally, is to insulate an oligopoly status quo, a small cabal of banks able to claim unfair tolls on economic activity. This state of affairs is what nineteenth century anarchist Benjamin Tucker called the 'money monopoly.' That money monopoly saturates every defining aspect of the American capitalism passed off by its advocates as 'free enterprise.'" (03/15/12)

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Bernanke: Fed to make bank rules clearer

March 14, 2012
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Reuters    

"The Federal Reserve will try to make it clearer whether new banking rules apply to small lenders, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said in remarks on Wednesday. Bernanke said the goal is to prevent community banks from wasting time and money trying to figure out if a new regulation applies to them." (03/14/12)

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The mystery of Bernanke solved

February 19, 2012
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Ben Bernanke was my teacher, and a major influence on my macroeconomic thinking. When he became Fed chairman, I expected the best of him. I was sorely disappointed. His behavior as Fed chairman seemed utterly disconnected from his lectures and writing. In 2008, I kept wondering why he backed the madness of TARP instead of following his own long-standing prescriptions." (02/18/12)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/02/the_mystery_of_2.html  

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Marshmallows and the Federal Reserve

February 19, 2012
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"Obviously, self-control is important. But we can't dismiss two factors in the experiment that are less certain in real life. Namely, security and trust." (02/16/12)

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Fed pledges low interest through 2014, floats new “easing” trial balloon

January 25, 2012
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Bloomberg    

"Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the Federal Reserve is considering additional asset purchases to boost growth after extending its pledge to keep interest rates low through at least late 2014. ... In a separate statement of its long-range goals and strategy, the FOMC specified a 2 percent goal for inflation, as measured by the annual change in the price index for personal consumption expenditures." (01/25/12)

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The Fed as a criminal organization

January 23, 2012
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LewRockwell.com
by Walter Block  

"I regard the Fed as a criminal organization, since it engages in (well, aids and abets) counterfeiting. The Fed is to the U.S. economy as was the old central planning apparatus of the late and non-lamented Soviet Union to the entire economy of the U.S.S.R. The Federal Reserve System has been responsible since its inception in 1913 for destroying some 97% of the value of our dollar, the life blood of our economy." (01/23/12)

http://lewrockwell.com/block/block196.html  

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The true cost of using privately provided currency

January 4, 2012
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Fr33 Agents
by Szandor Blestman  

"I’m not certain if there’s some power above the central banks and their corporate establishment. I’m not certain if there’s some power pulling the strings of the private owners of these banks. The central banks, those who create the power, are as high up the economic ladder and the power structure as I can see." (01/04/12)

 

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The Fed’s mission impossible

January 3, 2012
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by John H. Cochrane  

"The Federal Reserve last week announced its new 'Enhanced Prudential Standards and Early Remediation Requirements' for big banks, as required by the Dodd-Frank law. You have to pity the poor Fed because it faces an impossible task." (12/29/11)

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What ELSE is the Fed up to?

December 11, 2011
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Why should Americans have 'faith' in an unaccountable agency that secretly manipulates their money? I personally believe that an audit will reveal the folly of central economic planning, and my hope is that the Fed will be abolished and that honest money and free banking -- subject to harsh regulations imposed by picky customers instead of the untrustworthy political class -- will take its place." (12/09/11)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/what-else-is-the-fed-up-to  

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Stocks surge as Bernanke, ECB throw more dollars at Europe’s crisis

November 30, 2011
posted by

Forbes    

"Wall Street enjoyed a big jump Wednesday morning, after a coordinated action by central banks around the world to provide more liquidity to the global financial system. ... Wednesday’s move from the Fed was matched by corresponding actions from the Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank and Swiss National Bank." (11/30/11)

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Sumner needs to watch some film and hit the gym

November 3, 2011
posted by

Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy  

"The Fed today lowered its forecast for economic growth next year, and raised its forecast for unemployment. So Scott is saying, rather than refusing to pump in more money, and resting content with a worsening forecast, the Fed should do what it needs to do, so that it doesn’t have to give the public the bad news about gloomier prospects for next year. OK, now that we understand what Sumner is doing in his cute analogy, we are ready to get knocked onto the floor by how wrong the analysis is." (11/02/11)

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Bashing Ben Bernanke

October 17, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Bernanke's alleged sins are legion. He is blamed for bailing out Wall Street, destroying the value of the dollar, orchestrating events to re-elect Barack Obama, and sinking the Titanic. His GOP detractors don't mention that he was appointed by George W. Bush, and that the Wall Street bailout bill passed in October 2008, before Obama arrived." (10/17/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/10/17/bashing-ben-bernanke  

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Protesters should focus on the Fed

October 16, 2011
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"Corporatism is not capitalism and is not equivalent to the free market. In fact, it is the mortal enemy of the free market and liberty of all sorts. Some of the protesters are focusing on an even more deserving villain: The Federal Reserve. They are calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve and an end to its operation. My only disagreement with this point is that the Federal Reserve needs to be shut down regardless of whether it is ever audited or not." (10/14/11)

http://www.cnjonline.com/opinion/recent-45310-fed-focus.html  

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Federal Reserve minutes show dissent on next round of interventions

October 13, 2011
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News Digests Wire    

"The Federal Reserve recently shifted $400 billion from short-term investments to longer-term US Treasury securities in an effort to hold down interest rates. The minutes of the Fed’s September 20-21 meeting show that at least two members advocated additional bond buys, while three opposed any new economic interventions at all." (10/13/11)

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Federal Reserve is a cache of stolen assets

October 10, 2011
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Breaking All The Rules Breaking All The Rules
by SARTRE  

"Many good willed conservatives understand that the system is imploding. Some envision a second American Revolution that expels the remnant Tories that have hijacked our Federalism separation of powers form of government. Woefully, the prospects for a States Rights revolt are slim. However, the scenario of a domestic French Revolution style carnage is brewing with every escalation of the pompous arrogance worthy of a Jean-Joseph, marquis de Laborde or the manipulative usury of the House of Rothschild." (10/09/11)

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Operation Twist a primer for QE3?

October 5, 2011
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Casey Research Casey Research
by Axel Merk  

"Is Operation Twist a failure? The stock market plunged in disappointment when it was announced. Keynesians are tearing their hair out in frustration, as it appears the Fed failed to ramp up the printing press. Free marketers are disgusted by the blatant manipulation of the yield curve. A number of Federal Reserve (Fed) President Bernanke’s colleagues dissented and/or are voicing public opposition. However, as the dust settles, it appears there is a method to the twist: Bernanke may have a plan ..." (10/05/11)

http://www.caseyresearch.com/articles/operation-twist-primer-qe3  

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Audit Bernanke

October 4, 2011
posted by

US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) LewRockwell.com
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)  

"The Federal Reserve is a creature of Congress and should be treated as such, not as an organization exempt from Congressional oversight. Claims from the Fed and its defenders that a full audit of the Fed would endanger the Fed's independence are an attempt at provoking fears that Congress would directly intervene in the conduct of monetary policy. A bill that sets interest rates would endanger the Fed's independence; a bill that audits the Fed does not." (10/05/11)

http://lewrockwell.com/paul/paul769.html  

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Bernanke to Congress: Economy “close to faltering”

October 4, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"Fed chief scolds legislators for pushing U.S. to the edge of default and warns against cutting the federal budget too deeply, given the current economic stresses." (10/04/11)

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The Fed twists, the market shouts

October 4, 2011
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Freedom's Phoenix Freedom's Phoenix
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)  

"Last week the Federal Reserve began the second incarnation of ,Operation Twist,''' an attempt to drive down interest rates by purchasing long-term Treasury debt and selling short-term debt. This is just the latest instance of the central bank desperately flailing around doing something merely for the sake of doing something." (10/03/11)

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Federal Reserve begins next damaging flail at economy

September 21, 2011
posted by

Forbes    

"The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will shuffle $400 billion of its portfolio to try to drive down long-term interest rates and get the economy going. But economists doubted it would do much good, the stock market sold off, and the Fed itself was unusually divided over the strategy." (09/21/11)

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