Ben Bernanke


  • Obama to Target CEO Pay Ahead of 'Bad Bank' Plan Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 1:47 PM ET

    The Obama administration indicated that it will not unveil new measures to aid the financial industry until next week but will move first on the issue of Wall Street bonuses and executive compensation.

  • Today is the day Californians begin to personally feel the pain of the state's massive budget gap. As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and top legislative leaders continue to meet behind closed doors to hammer out a plan covering the current $16 billion gap—projected to grow to $42 billion by June, 2010—the state controller is delaying $3.5 billion in payments to conserve cash.

  • Obama to Unveil CEO Pay Plan, 'Bad Bank' Delayed Sunday, 1 Feb 2009 | 10:05 PM ET

    The Obama administration will not unveil new measures to aid the financial services industry this week as had been expected. Instead the issue of Wall Street bonuses and executive compensation will be addressed, an industry source says.

  • The Obama administration and financial industry representatives are discussing  new terms on lending transparency and executive compensation for companies receiving financial aid with an announcement likely this week.

  • Fed Will Keep Rates Low, Money Flowing to Banks Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 3:43 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve signaled it will keep using unconventional tools to cushion the fallout, including keeping interest rates at a record low for "some time."

  • Text: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 2:16 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Jan. 27-28 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Is Financial Crisis Growing Worse—Or Is It Just Us? Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 2:06 PM ET

    What a difference three months doesn't make. Though the current financial situation isn't  as dire as late September, Happy New Year has quickly turned into deja vu.

  • Fed: Economy Starts '09 Weaker; Outlook Dim Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 4:09 PM ET

    The U.S. economy started the new year on weaker footing as recession-shocked Americans retrenched further, forcing retailers to ring up fewer sales and factories to cut back production.

  • Column: How Low Should Euro Rates Go? Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 8:28 AM ET

    The European Central Bank remains stuck to staff projections that the euro zone economy will shrink by just 0.5 percent this year while inflation slows to 1.4 percent and warns of a low-interest rate trap.

  • Obama Faces Tough Job Selling TARP to Democrats Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 1:57 PM ET

    In radically reshaping the TARP, Congressional Democrats want assurances from Obama that he shares their new focus before signing off on new funding.

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Tuesday that fiscal stimulus alone would not be enough and further steps to backstop banks may be needed...

  • Web Extra: Fast & Furious Trades For Tuesday Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 7:18 PM ET

    In this Web Extra the traders reveal how they're gaming Bernake's Tuesday speech, a Mosaic investor meeting, the JP Morgan Healthcare conference and more.

  • Housing Supply Still Needs to Be Lower: Rosenberg Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 5:30 PM ET

    Lowering housing inventory is key to solving the ailing real estate market and broader economy, said David Rosenberg, Merrill Lynch chief North American economist.

  • Obama's Stimulus Package: Will It Be Too Big To Work? Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 1:39 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    Though most economists agree that bigger is better at this point, they also say size and complexity of the stimulus package could slow its passage at a time when the economy needs a quick-fix.

  • Stimulus Must Focus On Financial Institutions: Mishkin Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:23 AM ET

    A government stimulus must ensure that financial institutions are recapitalized and remain “healthy,” said Frederic Mishkin, former Federal Reserve Board governor and Columbia University economics professor.

  • Fed Feared Rate Cuts Wouldn't Be Enough For Economy Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 2:33 PM ET

    Federal Reserve officials feared the economy would be stuck in a painful rut for some time despite their decision to slash interest rates to a record low and pledge to use other unconventional tools to fight the worst financial crisis since the 1930s.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 2:06 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below are the minutes released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Dec. 15-16 meeting:

  • Predictions '09: Real Estate Looks For Recovery Signs Saturday, 3 Jan 2009 | 4:16 PM ET

    After a year-long hangover in 2008, the real estate industry is hoping for some strong, black coffee in the new year.

  • Economy May Be Worse A Year From Now: Feldstein Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 1:58 PM ET

    The US economy is likely to be in worse shape a year from now and will require aggressive government spending and intervention to stem the damage, economist Martin Feldstein told CNBC.

  • Is This 1932 All Over Again? Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 3:52 PM ET

    There have been a lot of comparisons between now and the early 1930’s. Does that mean the market is about to plummet like it did in early ’32.

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