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Category Archives: Ben Bernanke

Do Wars Help or HURT the Economy?

Does Defense Spending Stimulate the Economy and Create Jobs … Or Is It BAD for the Economy? Preface: Trump wants to drastically increase military spending.  At the same time, France, China, Japan and other countries are ramping up their military spending. An understanding of the effect on the economy is therefore timely. A number of […]

Obama, Bernanke and Yellen Rigged the Bond Market. Now it’s Trump Turn to Dance or be their Dunce! – By Michael Carino

Government dysfunction is at its worst.  We voted them in.  We have no one to blame but ourselves. Granted, the choices were abysmal. But the Republican and Democratic parties, with no third party competition, can continue to run dysfunctional governments, whittling away our dominant global position until the cracks of our broken government becomes abundantly […]

The Fed faces Stagflation (Hike or No Hike)

The Fed has completely backed itself into a corner. The truth that no one wants to admit, is that the Fed should have raised rates in 2012. Instead Bernanke “gifted” QE 3 to the Obama admin to help its re-election bid. The Fed finally got around the hiking rates for the first time in seven […]

What Wage Growth? Real Earnings Tumble For Second Straight Month

Despite the surge in consumer confidence and exuberance at what lies ahead, real wages for America’s average joes declined year-over-year in February (down 0.3%). This is the first consecutive monthly drop in real wages since 2011 (which forced Bernanke to to hint at and then unleash QE2 later that year).     So not only […]

Fed Rate Hikes, Fiscal vs. Monetary Policy and Why Again the Case for Gold?

news.goldseek.com / By Gary Tanashian / Wednesday, 15 March 2017 I’ve been thinking about the current Fed Funds rate hike cycle, which is logically gaining forward momentum now that the Fed can stand down from its 8-year, ultra-lenient monetary policy cycle. That is because the Obama administration’s goals required a compliant Federal Reserve to continually re-liquefy the […]

Australian Banks Deny “Speculative Bubble” Driving Home Prices To Record Highs

The basic laws of physics have seemingly ceased to exist in Australia…water is no longer wet, the sky is no longer blue and home prices are not in a “speculative bubble,” at least according to some conflicted commercial banking executives who are massively long Australian housing.  Testifying before a parliamentary committee, the chief executives of […]

Kyrgyzstan’s Central Bank Urges Citizens To Own Gold

"Gold can be stored for a long time and, despite the price fluctuations on international markets, it doesn’t lose its value for the population as a means of savings," Kyrgyzstan’s Central Bank Governor Tolkunbek Abdygulov said, "I’ll try to turn the dream into reality faster." A landlocked nation perched between China and Kazakhstan is embarking […]

Donald Trump’s Most Important Fed Appointment (Spoiler Alert: It’s Not The Chair)

Submitted by Peter Conti-Brown via The Yale Journal on Regulation, Given the tumult of the opening weeks of the Trump Administration, the public is forgiven for not realizing that the Administration is woefully understaffed. But even in the flurry of personnel announcements from first the transition team and now the Administration, on the Federal Reserve—perhaps the most […]

The Unintended & Deadly Societal Consequences Of Quantitative Easing

Authored by Jesse Felder via TheFelderReport.com, “As I look back, it now seems that, with all the thought and work and good intentions, which we provided, we achieved absolutely nothing… nothing that I did, and very little that old Ben [Strong of the Federal Reserve] did, internationally produced any good effect – or indeed any […]

Spot The (Yield Curve) Difference

Submitted by Jeffrey Snider via Alhambra Investment Partners, QE and ZIRP were monetary experiments, though that is not how they were presented. In public, QE in particular was given a subtext of certainty, that Ben Bernanke’s Fed (or Mario Draghi’s ECB) knew exactly what it took to get the job done and furthermore would get […]