Ben Bernanke


  • When Ben Bernanke testified a couple of days ago before the House Budget Committee, he gave a fairly upbeat forecast of 3.5 percent growth this year, and somewhat stronger growth in 2011. Okay, fine.

  • Thursday: Jobless Claims in Focus as Spill Spooks Markets Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 11:10 PM ET
    A brown pelican stained with oil takes flight while a bird rescue team tries to capture it for cleaning June 5, 2010 in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

    BP's troubles have now spilled across the broader market, as investors move to price in worst-case scenarios for the oil giant and other firms involved in the Gulf of Mexico rig disaster.

  • Farrell: Parade Day and Agreeing With Abby Cohen Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 5:03 PM ET
    Vince Farrell

    This will be a shorter note today. My hometown is going to have its annual Fireman's Parade. Local school groups and fire departments (mostly volunteers) and such proudly gather at one end of Katonah and march a few hundred yards to the other end.

  • What Will Primary Win Mean for Financial Reform? Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 4:50 PM ET
    Blanche Lincoln

    Heading into Tuesday’s runoff, many bank officials were praying that the resolution of Blanche Lincoln’s primary election would also mean the end of the derivatives carve-out. But, Lincoln captured 52 percent of the vote, securing her position in the fall election.

  • Halftime Pt. 1: Bet Bullish Because Of Big Ben? Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 1:29 PM ET

    Stocks jumped on Wednesday after comments made by Ben Bernanke soothed investor jitters. Are the bulls back in the game?

  • A Few Steps Short on Jobs Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 12:19 PM ET
    Job seekers wait in line to have their résumés reviewed at the second annual Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair.

    One of the political mysteries of the last year is why the White House and Congress have not been even more aggressive about trying to put people back to work. The NYT explains.

  • Fed Finding Status Quo in Bank Pay Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 10:58 AM ET
    Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Treasury Department's special appointee for executive compensation.

    Federal regulators reviewing the compensation policies of major banks are finding that the industry has not adequately adjusted its pay practices to reduce risk-taking. The NYT reports.

  • Stimulus Talk Yields to Calls to Cut Deficits Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 10:14 AM ET
    Director of the National Economic Council Lawrence Summers (L) waits with U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (R) for President Barack Obama to speak on his administration's plan on regulating the financial system in the East Room June 17, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC.

    At a moment when many economists warn that the American economic recovery is likely to be imperiled by prolonged high unemployment and slow growth, President Obama is discovering that the tools available to him last year — a big economic stimulus and action by the Federal Reserve — are both now politically untenable. The NYT looks at the consequences.

  • Farrell: Who Do We Believe on Economy's Numbers? Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 9:35 AM ET

    What we should figure is never to believe government figures when they first come out. Consumer credit last month rose $1.0 billion. March's increase was originally reported to be an increase of $2.0 billion. That was revised to a decline of -$5.4 billion.

  • Are Bernanke's Policies Good For Your Money? Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 4:24 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    As Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the US House's budget committee, he'll be speaking about the currenct economic and financial conditions in the United States. Do you think Bernanke's policies are good for your money? Share your opinion in our poll.

  • As Stocks Struggle for Footing, Gold Pushes Higher Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 9:16 PM ET
    Gold Bars

    Investors looking for clues about the markets cannot help but notice that gold is making another record high and that stocks are continuing to struggle.

  • Wednesday: Bernanke Could Call the Tune for Stocks Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 9:09 PM ET
    Wall Street sign

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony before the House Budget Committee Wednesday could temporarily shift investor focus from Europe to the U.S. economy.

  • Why We Won’t Revisit Dow 6,500 Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 6:32 PM ET

    Some have their concerns, but Cramer thinks the negativity is overblown.

  • Dow Gains Over 100; Techs Under Pressure Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 4:33 PM ET

    Stocks ended mostly higher after a late rally Tuesday as banks and materials rebounded. But tech stocks remained under pressure.

  • Stocks Rebound as Energy Gains Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 2:43 PM ET

    Stocks staged a late rally Tuesday as energy stocks made a comeback. But tech stocks fell after several downgrades.

  • Fed's Bernanke Sees Recovery Gaining Traction Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 4:01 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday he is hopeful the economy will gain traction and not fall back into a "double dip" recession.

  • Stocks Eke Out a Gain, Led by Techs, Energy Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 5:14 PM ET

    Stocks eked out a gain after some late-session turbulence, led by techs. Energy stocks rebounded from the bottom of the pack to the No. 2 behind tech. Financials ended lower.

  • Stocks Fall, Led by Energy, Banks; Dollar Up Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 1:38 PM ET

    Stocks turned lower on Thursday, led by energy and financials, amid the strengthening dollar and a pair of credit downgrades on BP. Techs were among the best performers. 

  • Stocks Pare Gains After ISM Services Report Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 10:53 AM ET

    Stocks pared their gains Thursday after a report showed the services sector grew for a fifth straight month but wasn't a blowout number. Stocks had opened higher after a pair of encouraging employment reports.

  • Futures Higher; Little Moved by Job Picture Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 8:44 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Thursday as investors waited for the next batch of key economic data in the hope that the economic recovery was gaining momentum.

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