Commentaries

from Rolfe Winkler:

Dodd on Bernanke: “not necessarily”

November 20, 2009

From Shahien Nasiripour at HuffPo.

One wonders where news and approval ratings will be when Bernanke's confirmation comes up for a vote....

Defoliating JC Flowers

September 2, 2009

William Cohan has a great takedown of J. Christopher Flowers and his struggling private equity firm in Fortune.

Roach builds a case against Bernanke

August 25, 2009

Stephen Roach has a nearly 1000-word piece in the FT slamming Obama’s decision to re-appoint Ben Bernanke as Fed Chair. He calls it a “very shortsighted decision” and goes on to list what he perceives as fundamental flaws in Bernanke’s thinking prior to the Lehman bailout. It’s worth the read. (For the record, I’m for the reappointment since Bernanke is the best one out there (at least among the names being floated about as possible successors) to engineer the exit strategy, which is going to depend on market confidence – something Bernanke enjoys.

from Rolfe Winkler:

Fed: Stop the presses

August 7, 2009

On Thursday, the Bank of England said that it would run its printing press a bit faster while the European Central Bank hinted that theirs might slow down sooner than expected.

from Rolfe Winkler:

Who are Bernanke’s top 25?

July 24, 2009

How many too-big-to-fail financials might be subject to additional oversight under Obama's regulatory reform bill?  According to Ben Bernanke: roughly 25.

The Congressional hearing we need

June 25, 2009

Once again the folks on Capitol Hill are spending time on a sideshow and ignoring the main event. What I’m talking about is today’s second round of Congressional hearings into the awful merger of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.