September 14, 2012 |
Politics -- I get it. Really. You say what you've got to say to score points with voters. But when it comes to getting the economy up and running again, does it really help to pretend that you've never attended a single economics class or that you have no clue about how things actually work? I'm thinking about the responses from Republicans to news that the Federal Reserve will step up its economic-stimulus efforts with a plan to buy $40 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities.
February 2, 2012 |
In what has become a familiar refrain from the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke described the economic recovery Thursday as “frustratingly slow” and said that “significant headwinds” face consumers and the broader economy. In his first public exchange with Congress this year, Bernanke told members of the House Budget Committee that while the economy has been improving recently -- with consumer spending, manufacturing and job growth up in recent months -- the outlook remains uncertain.
July 21, 2006 |
Federal Reserve officials were uncertain at their June meeting about future interest rate steps and wanted to see more data before deciding whether any more tightening was needed, minutes of the meeting released Thursday showed. Also Thursday, Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke told a congressional panel that there was room for U.S. workers' wages to grow and reason to expect it. In a second day of testimony on the U.S.
November 30, 2007 |
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke hinted Thursday that another interest rate cut may be needed to bolster the economy. The worsening credit crunch, a deepening housing slump and rising energy prices probably will create some "head winds for the consumer in the months ahead," he said. Bernanke said he expected consumer spending would continue to grow and suggested the country could withstand current problems without falling into a recession.
November 29, 2006 |
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned Tuesday that even though the housing and automobile sectors had dragged down economic growth, inflation remained "uncomfortably high." The remarks were seen as suggesting that the Fed might not cut interest rates as soon as some investors hope. But many analysts still predicted that the Fed's next move on interest rates would be to lower them, although that might be six months away.
March 21, 2006 |
Relatively low long-term interest rates aren't signaling an economic slowdown, and increases in consumers' mortgage debt may not be a serious problem, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said Monday. Bernanke's remarks reaffirmed expectations that more Fed rate hikes are coming, analysts and traders said.
January 19, 2007 |
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke delivered a stern warning to Congress on Thursday to address the national debt, saying spiraling government spending could lead to a "vicious cycle" of even bigger federal budget deficits. "The longer we wait, the more severe, the more draconian, the more difficult the objectives are going to be" in responding to the crisis, he said. "The right time to start was about 10 years ago." Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.
December 18, 2009 |
A Senate panel endorsed Ben S. Bernanke on Thursday for another term as Federal Reserve chairman, clearing the way for a confirmation vote on the Senate floor early next year. The Senate Banking Committee voted 16 to 7 to send to the full Senate Bernanke's nomination for a second four-year term when his current one ends Jan. 31. Although he appears likely to be confirmed, there could be more than a few "no" votes from members of both parties who are dissatisfied with the state of the economy and Bernanke's stewardship of the Fed. Only four of 10 Republicans voted in favor of Bernanke, who is a Republican first appointed by President Bush.
January 31, 2006 |
A new chairman of the Federal Reserve comes along about as often as a new pope, but the transition this week from Alan Greenspan to Ben Shalom Bernanke is remarkably devoid of ceremony. The Senate is expected to approve Bernanke's nomination today by an overwhelming margin. By Wednesday morning, Greenspan will have packed up the mementoes from his 18 1/2 -year reign and Bernanke will move into his office.
July 26, 2009 |
The long nights of sleeping on his office couch are over. Nowadays Ben S. Bernanke goes home most evenings for dinner. He finds time to watch TV with his wife of 31 years, Anna, and read books on his Kindle.