Jackson Hole 2011

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    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be willing and able to provide more monetary stimulus for the U.S. economy, but the more effective medicine—fiscal aid out of Washington—isn’t in the wings, say economists.

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    Investors thinking they can find both safety and yield in Treasurys are making a dangerous bet that could begin to unravel soon, especially if the Federal Reserve switches from its easing programs to an updated version of Operation Twist.

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    The Federal Reserve is taking too dim a view on the U.S. economy and hasn't conveyed the proper message about what its role will be in the future, Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser told CNBC.

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    Reading Fedspeak has never been easy, but these tips might help you weigh the odds of another round of pain for the dollar - er, quantitative easing. 

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    This time last year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used a speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to hint that he was about to unleash a second round of unconventional measures to get more monetary liquidity into domestic the economy.

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    Investors betting that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is about to come to the rescue with another round of monetary easing could be setting themselves up for a major disappointment.

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    "I'd be very surprised if there was a radical QE3," Glenn Hubbard told CNBC Wednesday. "The risk management argument really isn't there. There are data to be learned about the economy. The affect of a QE3 would be relatively modest, and it might risk raising inflationary expectations, so I doubt it."

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