The Great Debate

from Breakingviews:

Fed fundamentalists deserve fresh listen

June 3, 2014

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Fed tightening will help stem inequality

By Alexander Friedman
May 12, 2014

The Federal Reserve Building is reflected on a car in Washington September 16, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Young

Fed launches QE-lite

November 4, 2010

In a compromise, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has approved a cautious and conservative second round of quantitative easing (QE2) which may satisfy nobody but should prevent internal splits from widening.

Two years after Lehman, risk of financial collapse is still high

By Mark Williams
September 15, 2010

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By Mark Williams
The opinions expressed are his own.

Events unfolding in Europe — including Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and most recently Ireland — are alarming reminders that systemic risk is the most pressing of this decade.

Forecasting and its discontents

August 27, 2010

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future,” is attributed to a long list of people. Even with that in mind, however, the first eight months of 2010 have been especially unkind to professional forecasters and investors as markets have lurched between extremes of pessimism and optimism.

Market should prepare for autumn rate “exit”

April 13, 2010

Could the first increases inĀ  short-term U.S. interest rates come much earlier than most forecasters expect, perhaps as soon as September or November 2010?

Locking up bank reserves is wrong policy focus

February 9, 2010

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

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.

Fed’s wondrous printing press profits

January 14, 2010

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– James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are is own. –

Fed stuck doing the heavy lifting

January 12, 2010

-James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own-
With employment weak and consumer credit weaker, look for extended official measures to support the U.S. economy.