March 4, 2014 |
Although the Federal Reserve has been criticized for its unprecedented efforts to fight the 2008 financial crisis, former Fed chief Ben S. Bernanke said Tuesday the central bank could have done more. "Although we have been very aggressive, I think on the monetary policy front we could have been even more aggressive," Bernanke told a bankers conference in Abu Dhabi, according to Reuters. The speech marked his first public comments since stepping down Feb. 2 after eight years as Fed chairman.
January 24, 2010 |
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, whose reconfirmation has become surprisingly jeopardized, received a bipartisan boost Saturday from two key senators who reiterated their support for him and predicted he would win a second four-year term. Senate banking committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who also serves on the committee, took the unusual step of issuing a weekend statement on Bernanke's behalf. The move came a day after two Democratic senators, Barbara Boxer of California and Russell D. Feingold of Wisconsin, announced their opposition to Bernanke's renomination as head of the central bank, fueling speculation that his confirmation could be scuttled.
May 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- With the Federal Reserve playing an over-sized role in the U.S. economy, Wall Street investors are keenly interested in who will be the central bank's next chairman when Ben S. Bernanke's term expires in January. The Fed's No. 2 official, Janet L. Yellen, long seen as Bernanke's heir apparent, is considered the favorite to succeed him. But an even better-known economist could get the nod from President Obama: Lawrence Summers . Despite a "deep bench" of candidates, Financial Times columnist Edward Luce is betting on Summers, a former Treasury secretary who served as Obama's top economic aide from in 2009 and 2010.
December 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As Ben S. Bernanke nears the end of his term as Federal Reserve chairman, he is talking more about what may be one of the enduring legacies of his eight-year tenure: the Fed's dramatically expanded communications with the public. These have included instituting quarterly news conferences by the chairman, among other regular public appearances, and providing an explicit target on inflation and thresholds for Fed policy actions. On Monday, in remarks at a gathering to mark the 100th anniversary of the law that established the Fed, Bernanke described these changes as an "ongoing revolution in communication and transparency" at the central bank, which over most of its history has operated in great secrecy.
December 17, 2009 |
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has been praised by President Obama and hailed by most mainstream economists for bold policies that played a critical role in pulling the U.S. economy back from the brink of disaster. The Fed chief even won a celebrity accolade Wednesday when Time magazine named him Person of the Year. But instead of basking in glory, the 56-year-old professorial Fed chairman is fighting for his job -- and for the survival of policies at the heart of efforts by the central bank and the Obama administration to keep the nation's fragile recovery on track.
December 4, 2009 |
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on Thursday defended the central bank's record and argued for preserving its regulatory powers, but lawmakers in both parties were unmoved as they lobbed sharp criticisms at him and the Fed for lapses that contributed to the financial crisis. Bernanke is widely expected to win a second term as chairman, but the confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee provided new evidence of the intense resentment in Congress over what is seen as the Fed's failure to tighten credit and curb financial risk-taking in time to avert the worst economic downturn since the 1930s.