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    The U.S. economy grew at a much slower pace than initially thought in the third quarter, restrained by weak business investment and a slightly more aggressive liquidation of inventories, according to data on Tuesday.

  • Ben Bernanke

    Whether you’re a Ben Bernanke supporter or not, you have to figure that last week was one he will remember for a long time.

  • Charie Evans, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

    The economy will continue to grow over the next few years, though unemployment will remain high and inflation tame, so there's "no urgent need" for the Federal Reverse to change its low-interest rate policy, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans told CNBC

  • Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Bernanke sees deflation and depression threats everywhere. That’s one of his biggest problems. He cut his academic teeth on studying the Depression, which seems to have blinded him from the modern use of sophisticated financial-market signals in our new, globalized, high-tech, rapid-information world.

  • Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz warned there's a "significant" chance the U.S. economy will contract in the second half of next year, and urged the government to prepare a second stimulus package to spur job creation.

  • Ben Bernanke

    “There's all this frustration about the bailout, the money, the Fed being asleep at the switch too long, so it's coming out as Bernanke bashing,” says one Washington observer.

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on his re-nomination to the position.

    It is good news that the Senate Banking Committee yesterday approved Ben Bernanke’s nomination for a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. But it is disappointing that the 16 – 7 vote did not include a single Republican.

  • My old friend Dan Mitchell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, emailed me his latest video earlier this morning.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as the dollar gained. Financials took a hit after an analyst slashed her outlook and Citigroup's offering disappointed. A weak outlook from shipping giant FedEx also weighed on the market.

  • Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Helicopter Ben Bernanke passed the Senate Banking Committee vote on his reconfirmation.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as the dollar gained. Financials took a hit after an analyst slashed her outlook and Citigroup's offering disappointed. A weak outlook from shipping giant FedEx also weighed on the market.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as the dollar gained and weekly jobless claims rose more than expected last week.

  • Today, the US Senate Banking committee will likely vote to recommend current Federal Reserve chairman for another four year term. This is not interesting. What is interesting is the increasing number of senators that are saying they will vote against him.

  • U.S. stock futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve reiterated its special liquidity measures would expire early next year, dragging bank stocks down.

  • Sure, he’s jumping on Time’s bandwagon. But, hey, the magazine was right.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    The Dow erased all of its gains Wednesday after the Fed offered no surprises in its latest statement, backing its pledge to keep rate slow for an "extended period."

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks remained higher Wednesday but pared gains as the Fed offered no surprises in its latest statement, backing its pledge to keep rate slow for an "extended period."

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    The following is an official statement from the Federal Reserve following its two-day meeting from Dec. 15-16:

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks opened higher Wednesday after a tame report on consumer prices, which helped quell inflation fears after a jump in prices at the wholesale level.

  • Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may no longer be worried about losing his job, but he’s still concerned about the job prospects of millions of other Americans.