Ben Bernanke


  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to April 23 Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    TORONTO- Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa speaks at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto- 1600 GMT. WASHINGTON- German Finance Minister Schaeuble speaks at Center on Foreign Relations in Washington- 1715 GMT. WASHINGTON- 2014 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.

  • Alongside central bankers from the United States, Europe, and Brazil, Raghuram Rajan took the stage at a high-profile event here to list his proposals for better monetary cooperation and a global "safety net" that could provide funds for countries in case of economic emergency.

  • Banker showdown: Bernanke tells off India's Rajan Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:50 PM ET
    Despite the earlier exchange, Rajan and Bernanke were cordial afterward. Rajan said "Ben, I'm going to miss you." Bernanke's response could not be heard.

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke shot back at one of his most prominent critics in monetary policy circles: India's central bank chief, Raghuram Rajan.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to April 22 Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser speaks before the "Enhancing Prudential Standards in Financial Regulations" conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia- 1845 GMT.

  • HONG KONG, April 4- Political gridlock is slowing U.S. economic growth, impacting the confidence and budgets of businesses across the country, a top Fed official said here on Friday. Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher took a swipe at U.S. politicians and their inability to cooperate, and accused them of impeding jobs growth.

  • Fed's Fisher: forward guidance should not be binding Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    Federal Reserve must avoid being locked into calendar-based policy commitments and instead ensure its forward guidance is flexible enough to allow it to respond to changing conditions, a top Fed official said in Hong Kong on Friday.

  • UPDATE 3-Stein to step down from depleted Fed board Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 3- Federal Reserve Governor Jeremy Stein, who has spearheaded the debate over whether monetary policy should be used to combat asset bubbles, will step down next month, leaving another big hole in the ranks of the U.S. central bank. Stein will leave on May 28 to return to his teaching post at Harvard University.

  • CHICAGO, March 31- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday took a page from a politician's playbook to defend the U.S. central bank's easy-money policies, citing the struggles of three Americans in a speech and touring a college workshop to shake hands with students and teachers.

  • March 27- No single data point will determine when the Federal Reserve finally tightens its policy, a top U.S. central banker said on Thursday, reinforcing the notion stressed by Chair Janet Yellen that a "wide range" of factors would be considered.

  • Janet Yellen, in her first Federal Open Market Committee press conference since taking over as chair, surprised investors last week by suggesting that rates can be expected to rise six months after the taper is completed and QE is done.

  • US home prices gain in January: S&P/Case-Shiller Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    U.S. single-family home prices rose in January, shrugging off the effects of a frigid winter.

  • WASHINGTON, March 20- When Janet Yellen said. "I think it was an expression of an honest view... but maybe not as tactful as it should have been," said Millan Mulraine, an analyst at TD Securities. Transparency is a double-edged sword for central bankers, but Yellen, who took the helm at the Fed on Feb. 1, has argued hard for more of it.

  • *Monthly bond purchases cut by $10 bln as expected. WASHINGTON, March 19- The U.S. Federal Reserve will probably end its massive bond-buying program this fall, and could start raising interest rates around six months later, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday, in a comment which sent stocks and bonds tumbling.

  • Yellen is normalizing monetary policy: Pro     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:16 PM ET

    Ron Napier, Head of Napier Investment Advisors, says Janet Yellen may be setting a new policy tone by calling for a rate hike sooner than expected.

  • *Monthly bond purchases cut by $10 bln as expected. WASHINGTON, March 19- The Federal Reserve will probably end its massive bond-buying program this coming fall, and could start to raise interest rates around six months later, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday.

  • *Monthly bond purchases cut by $10 bln as expected. WASHINGTON, March 19- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday pushed forward with plans to slowly wind down its stimulus but said it will likely need to keep rates low even after the economy regains its health given lasting scars from the financial crisis.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it could keep interest rates unusually low even after the U.S. job market returns to full strength and inflation rises to the central bank's target. Yellen, who took the helm of the central bank on Feb. 1, is set to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m..

  • March 19- WASHINGTON, March 19- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday dropped the U.S. unemployment rate as its definitive yardstick for gauging the economy's strength, and made clear it would rely on a wide range of measures in deciding when to raise interest rates.

  • *Fed on track to reduce monthly bond buys to $55 billion. WASHINGTON, March 19- The Federal Reserve is set to trim its bond-buying stimulus for a third time in a row on Wednesday, and will probably rewrite its guidance on when it might eventually raise interest rates.

  • Wall St sharply divided on 2015: CNBC survey Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 6:15 AM ET
    Janet Yellen

    The March CNBC Fed Survey found sharp divisions over Fed policy in 2015, with a cloud of geopolitical concern hanging over the outlook.