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from The Great Debate:

There’s no way to hedge politics

January 26, 2010

Ben Bernanke in peril and the Volcker crackdown on proprietary trading by banks show two truths of the current dispensation: there is no effective hedge against politics and the reflation trade rests on fragile foundations.

from MacroScope:

Bernanke Who?

December 9, 2009

When it comes to investing in a turbulent market, is ignorance bliss? According to a new survey by IBM, around half of U.S. investors have never heard of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. This, despite the fact that 67 percent say the global financial crisis has prompted them to pay greater attention to financial news. More than one-third could not identify the current unemployment rate. In case you missed it, the jobless rate eased to 10 percent in November after hitting a 26-1/2-year high of 10.2 percent in October.

from Commentaries:

Time for the Fed to stand up to its critics

August 20, 2009

John M. Berry is a guest columnist who has covered the economy for four decades for the Washington Post and other publications.

from Commentaries:

Bernanke: Back to Clark Kent

August 11, 2009

Having averted a disaster, cartoon superheroes typically revert to their bland civilian identities. With the recession loosening its grip, Ben Bernanke is trying a similar trick.

from The Great Debate:

First exit for the Fed

June 23, 2009

fed-- Agnes T. Crane is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are her own --

Call it a battle for beginnings and endings, and the Federal Reserve is smack in the middle.

Issues in monetary normalisation

June 16, 2009

john_kemp– John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own –

from The Great Debate:

Too failed to live not too big to fail

March 16, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The U.S. policy of keeping zombie financial institutions alive is so clearly failing that it is now attracting attack from inside policymakers' circle of covered wagons.

from The Great Debate:

Redefining the sacred in the banking rescue

By J Saft
February 27, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Another week, another set of protestations that U.S. banks will remain in private hands, apparently almost regardless of the consequences.

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Global imbalances and the Triffin dilemma

January 13, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

For the world monetary system, the financial crisis which erupted in the summer of 2007 is a cataclysmic shift that will prove every bit as significant as the outbreak of the First World War (which heralded sterling's demise as a reserve currency) and the suspension of gold convertibility in 1971 (which marked the end of bullion's monetary role).

from The Great Debate:

“Risk free” rate going way of free lunch

By J Saft
December 10, 2008

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

One of the many comfortable but unreliable certainties now coming unglued is the idea that U.S. Treasury interest rates are the paramount benchmark, a measure of "risk free" investment, an idea at the heart of finance.