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  • Behind the Scenes, Fed Chief Advocates Bigger Role Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | 10:23 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    During the debate over financial regulation, the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, has been surprisingly quiet. But behind the scenes, he has been a forceful proponent of giving the Fed more power, both defending his management of the economic crisis and arguing that more authority would help the agency act more decisively to reduce the chances of a recurrence, according to interviews with lawmakers and officials from the Fed, the Treasury and the White House.

  • Markets hang on the Fed's every word, and already investors have been handicapping the outcome of possible changes in the Fed's statement Wednesday afternoon.

  • Why the Euro Shows the S&P Will Hit 1,000 Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | 7:05 AM ET

    The recent rally in the euro is a positive sign for the S&P 500, because it shows appetite for risk is still strong and the S&P could hit 1,000 this summer, Kevin Cook, market analyst at PEAK6 Investments, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Fed Mulls Tweaks to Economic Revival Programs Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | 3:49 AM ET

    With signs the economy is improving but still fragile, Federal Reserve policymakers are considering whether some programs intended to drive down rates on mortgages and other consumer debt should be slowed down.

  • Wednesday Look Ahead: Fed's Decision to Rule Markets Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009 | 6:36 PM ET

    Markets hang on the Fed's every word, and already investors have been handicapping the outcome of possible changes in the Fed's statement Wednesday afternoon.

  • Don't Bet on Exit Strategy from the Fed: Economists Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009 | 9:04 AM ET

    There is still a long way to go for the US economy before it gets better, and a long-term strategy to deal with the increasing budget deficit is needed for the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing policies to be successful, economists told CNBC Tuesday.

  • An Imperial Fed? Monday, 22 Jun 2009 | 12:53 PM ET

    Does the Obama administration really want to grant a virtual dictatorship to the Federal Reserve on monetary policy and banking oversight and regulation? The Fed already has enough trouble figuring out monetary policy. So this business about the central bank engaging in systemic-risk regulation and all the accompanying regulatory bells and whistles makes no sense.

  • 'We Have An Alphabet Soup of Regulators': CEO Monday, 22 Jun 2009 | 10:42 AM ET

    While the Obama administration’s financial overhaul plan is directionally correct, it requires refinement, said Gene Ludwig, CEO of Promontory Financial, a firm that tries to fix troubled banks.

  • Reappoint Bernanke, He's a 'National Hero': Welch Thursday, 18 Jun 2009 | 9:51 AM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke deserves to be reappointed, because he did a great job in saving the US banking system from collapsing, Jack Welch, author of "Winning" and "Straight from the Gut," told CNBC Thursday.

  • Farr: Why Don't We Sell Everything? Wednesday, 17 Jun 2009 | 4:11 PM ET

    We've recently received questions from clients that go something like this, "If you are so nervous about the stock market after it has run-up 40% in 3 months, why do I have only 10%-15% cash in my equity portfolio?"

  • Summers: No Winners Or Losers In Financial Reforms Wednesday, 17 Jun 2009 | 3:13 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary Nominee Lawrence Summers

    National Economic Counsel Advisor Larry Summers told CNBC Tuesday that President Obama's call for new regulations in the financial industry has no winners or losers and is more like a re-organization than creating new agencies

  • Bernanke Says Community Finance Hit by Recession Wednesday, 17 Jun 2009 | 9:42 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday urged financial institutions that specialize in community development and banking to the poor to take steps to ensure they emerge from the financial crisis stronger.

  • Transcript: Obama On The Economy, Iran Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009 | 5:35 PM ET

    Below is the full transcript from the interview with President Obama on June 16th, 2009.

  • Farrell: Know The Way Out! Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009 | 8:53 AM ET
    Vince Farrell

    I think Ben Bernanke knows the way out of what could be an inflationary mess, with all the stimulus that is being introduced....I think he knows the way out, and we should let him take it. I'm fearful that the Chairmanship of the Federal Reserve is going to be politicized, and, while we are not worried about near-term inflation, we sure better have a guy who knows the way out when the time comes.

  • St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told CNBC Monday that he is cautiously optimistic that there will be economic growth in the US during the second half of the year.

  • President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama is ready to roll out an overhaul of the intricate rules and systems that govern America's troubled financial institutions, proposing the most ambitious revision since the Great Depression.

  • Regulators Feuding as Banking System Faces Overhaul Sunday, 14 Jun 2009 | 9:31 AM ET

    The long-running and personal feud between Mr. Dugan and Ms. Bair is now helping to shape President Obama ’s attempt to revamp financial regulation aimed at preventing the regulatory lapses that contributed to the economic crisis.

  • Ben Bernanke

    “I would assume this will go down to the wire," says one economist. “The jury is still out on whether all these programs are working or not working. There’s no mileage for the administration to declare early.”

  • The Fed Head’s Problem Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | 4:48 PM ET

    Did the Federal Reserve’s Ben Bernanke lie about pressuring the Bank of America not to back out of the Merrill Lynch merger? BofA spacer CEO Ken Lewis made this charge to New York AG Andrew Cuomo, and basically repeated it with a bit of sugar-coating in a House hearing today on Capitol Hill.

  • The US Dollar Index, which averages the exchange rates between the US dollar and six major world currencies, has fallen over 10 percent since the high on March 5, 2009.

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