Ben Bernanke


  • It’s a Fiscal Problem, Not a Fed Problem Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 4:50 PM ET
    Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs hearing during which Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers second semi-annual report on monetary policy.

    Ben Bernanke threw a curveball in his midterm report to Congress this week. The Fed view of the economy has been downgraded since it last reported in February. Although the official Fed forecast for 2010-11 is still 3 to 4 percent real growth, Bernanke sounded particularly gloomy when he characterized the economy as “unusually uncertain.”

  • Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday, repeating yesterday's testimony before the House members. Randy Bateman, portfolio manager at Huntington Situs Trust Fund discussed his insights on Bernanke's testimony and the Fed’s outlook.

  • What Does Wall Street Really Want From Ben Bernanke? Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 1:42 PM ET
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    Ben Bernanke's two-day stint in front of Congress ended with the Fed chairman doing something few expected him to do: Nothing.

  • Farrell: "Unusually Uncertain" as Usual Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 11:15 AM ET

    The Chairman formally known as everybody's favorite Uncle Ben stepped before Congress and said the economic outlook was "unusually uncertain." Sorry, but it's always unusually uncertain.

  • Busch: Bernanke Admission by Omission Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 10:31 AM ET

    I think the most “captivating” part of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was not what he said, but what he omitted. Yes, the unusually uncertain comment captured the essence of why businesses aren’t hiring with European debt crisis, health care, Fin Reg and taxes all creating the miasma.

  • Ben’s Curveball Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 10:22 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    Ben Bernanke threw a curveball Wednesday in his midterm report to Congress. The Fed view of the economy has been downgraded since its last report in February. This is not totally new news, since the June FOMC minutes reported this downgrade.

  • NYSE traders

    Fresh economic data Thursday could feed the market's phobia about a weaker economy, ahead of another round of testimony from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

  • Did Bernanke Say Glass Half Full Or Half Empty? Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 5:46 PM ET

    Ben Bernanke may have brought out the bears Wednesday but the bulls argue investors missed a slew of positive signs. How should you read it?

  • Bernanke Open to New Steps to Keep Recovery Going Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 3:43 PM ET
    Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs hearing during which Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers second semi-annual report on monetary policy.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Wednesday the economic outlook remains "unusually uncertain," and the central bank is ready to take new steps to keep the recovery alive if the economy worsens.

  • Thank Bernanke for Wednesday’s Losses (No, Seriously) Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 3:11 PM ET

    The central-bank boss’ downbeat testimony just might have prevented a big sell-off Thursday morning. Here’s why.

  • Read Bernanke's Testimony Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 2:15 PM ET

    Below is the full testimony by Chairman Bernanke on the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress, before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

  • Art Cashin: Markets Hit 'Serious Speed Bump' in Recovery Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 12:16 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to begin his semi-annual economic testimony before Congress at the Senate Banking Committee this afternoon. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, discussed his insights.

  • Busch: Five Questions for Ben Bernanke Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 9:46 AM ET

    Over the next two days,Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will present his semiannual review of monetary policy to Congress. All of these are central for understanding the central problem of the US economy: lack of job creation.

  • Does Bernanke Have Any Tricks Left Up His Sleeve? Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 5:39 PM ET

    Fed chief Ben Bernanke delivers his semi-annual testimony before Congress Wednesday afternoon. Does Bernanke have any tricks left up his sleeve?

  • Cramer: This Week's Housing Data To Disappoint Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 7:31 PM ET

    "Absurdly bullish expectations" could send the market lower. Here's how to maneuver around it.

  • Meet America's New Financial Regulators Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 2:03 PM ET

    Now that  the Senate has passed President Obama’s Wall Street reform legislation, the financial industry’s representatives are combing through the legislation and trying to figure out exactly who their new regulators in Washington will be.

  • Busch: Reagan on Fin Reg Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 11:00 AM ET

    The 2,330 leviathan is done and will be signed by President Obama next week. The bill leaves tremendous much of the rule making up to the big three: Federal Reserve, CFTC and SEC.

  • Yoshikami: A Strategy for Troubled Times Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 12:19 PM ET
    What's Next?

    Recent data underscores what should be obvious by now: that this recovery will be three steps forward and two steps back.

  • Fed Forecast: Like a Long, Bumpy Train Ride Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 5:05 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    Does the Federal Reserve  mean it could take up to five to six years to get the economy performing to its potential? It does not mean we will be in recession that entire time. In fact, the Fed sees growth of 3 percent this year, accelerating to 4 percent in 2012.

  • Geithner Pledge Is Paying Dividends Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 5:00 PM ET
    Timothy Geithner

    When Treasury man Tim Geithner told me last week in a CNBC interview that the Obama administration wanted a 20-20 limit on the tax rates for investor capital gains and dividends, it may have turned stock markets around 180 degrees from the nasty bear correction that began in late April. No one, most of all me, wants to see any increase in these tax rates. But the Geithner pledge created a lot more certainty, especially on dividends, which will not go up to the 40 percent personal tax rate on ordinary income.

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