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    1. March 12, 2014

      Stanley Fischer calls for continued expansionary monetary policy

      The US economy needs to continue with expansionary monetary policy because unemployment is too high and inflation is below...

    2. FT Alphaville

      February 14, 2014

      QE in the popular lexicon

      For a bit of Friday fun, we thought we’d trawl through the Factiva archive (which goes back to 1969) and the New York Times...

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    1. February 13, 2014

      Cleveland Fed picks new President

      The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has appointed Loretta Mester as its new president in a move that may shift the central...

    2. Gavyn Davies

      February 13, 2014

      A dose of humility from the central banks

      The leading central banks in the developed economies have, of course, been the main actors underpinning the global bull...

    3. FT Alphaville

      February 12, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York FT ALPHAVILLE A BS solution?: David notes that it seems that plain-vanilla ABS backed by bank loans is...

    4. February 11, 2014

      ‘Sensible’ Yellen wins praise on Capitol Hill

      For just a moment it looked like Janet Yellen’s first visit to Capitol Hill as chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve might...

    5. February 11, 2014

      Yellen says emerging market turmoil will not sway the Fed

      Janet Yellen has turned a cold shoulder to the pleas of emerging markets by signalling that only a domestic slowdown will...

    6. February 9, 2014

      The Fed’s waning magic in the age of Yellen

      Every chairman of the US Federal Reserve seems to get hit by a crisis in their first year. For Paul Volcker in 1979 it was...

    7. February 7, 2014

      The markets’ bumpy ride need not become a crash

      Financial markets began 2014 in an ebullient mood. Omens of economic recovery in the developed world buoyed investors across...

    8. February 7, 2014

      The case for a healthy correction

      The word “correction” smacks of a euphemism. A correctional officer runs a prison. And a “correction” in markets, often...

    9. January 31, 2014

      A eulogy to Ben Bernanke’s turbulent Fed years

      “We did what we did, we didn’t do what we didn’t do, and the result was what happened.” – Paul Volcker Ben Bernanke is...

    10. January 30, 2014

      Investors encounter Fed stuck on autopilot

      Equity and bond investors have long been accustomed to a plethora of information whenever the US Federal Reserve holds one...

    11. Gavyn Davies

      January 27, 2014

      Video: Bernanke and beyond

      Ben Bernanke’s tenure as Federal Reserve chairman ends this week. Financial Times markets and investment columnist John...

    12. January 26, 2014

      Bernanke hopes tapering plan ensures smooth handover to Yellen

      The Ben Bernanke era at the US Federal Reserve will end this week and, barring severe market turmoil in the next few days,...

    13. January 22, 2014

      Fed history is key to Bernanke legacy

      Monetary historians have the opportunity to contemplate two legacies this year: that of the US Federal Reserve 100 years...

    14. January 21, 2014

      The very model of a modern central banker

      In their patter song in The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan satirised the notion of an educated “modern...

    15. January 10, 2014

      Obama nominates Stanley Fischer as Fed vice-chairman

      Janet Yellen, the incoming US Federal Reserve chairwoman, got a boost to her leadership on Friday after the nomination of a...

    16. January 10, 2014

      US jobs data puncture recovery hopes

      New year hopes for an accelerating recovery in the US in 2014 were punctured on Friday after December saw the slowest pace...

    17. January 6, 2014

      Senate approves Janet Yellen as Fed chairwoman

      The US Senate on Monday approved Janet Yellen as head of the Federal Reserve, making her the first female chief of the US...

    18. Gavyn Davies

      January 5, 2014

      Where Ben Bernanke made a difference

      Janet Yellen is likely to be confirmed by the Senate as the next Fed Chair on Monday, and Ben Bernanke delivered an initial...

    19. January 3, 2014

      Bernanke bows out with upbeat view

      Ben Bernanke is ending his tenure as Federal Reserve chairman with an upbeat assessment for the US and global economy,...

    20. December 20, 2013

      The Fed’s fudge is an ambiguous bequest to Yellen

      At 1.40pm on Wednesday, US Federal Reserve officials locked the door on a room full of journalists, pulled the plug on the...

    21. December 19, 2013

      Yellen Fed appointment may hit snag

      Janet Yellen’s confirmation to be the next chairwoman of the Federal Reserve may hit a temporary snag on Friday if Democrats...

    22. December 18, 2013

      Bernanke puts Fed on autopilot as he leaves the cockpit

      When Ben Bernanke turned and walked out of his final press conference at the US Federal Reserve he left behind some...

    23. Money Supply

      December 18, 2013

      Ahead of the Dec 2013 FOMC

      A quick update as the hoopla builds ahead of today’s Fed decision. Will they taper? Based on reporting ahead of the blackout...

    24. December 17, 2013

      Can Yellen’s Fed sidestep lurking monsters?

      When Janet Yellen takes over as chair of the US Federal Reserve from Ben Bernanke in February, she will confront an economy...

    25. December 15, 2013

      US Federal Reserve: The Bernanke years

      It was a drizzly day in Washington when Ben Bernanke went to his confirmation hearing in November 2005, but all seemed...

    26. December 12, 2013

      Janet Yellen

      The rise of some careers – those of Lawrence Summers and Barack Obama, for example – is meteoric. They speed, seemingly...

    27. December 12, 2013

      Stanley Fischer offers ‘dream résumé’ to fill vice-chair vacancy at US Federal Reserve

      When Timothy Adams became the US Treasury’s top international diplomat in 2005 he knew the first person he wanted to call:...

    28. December 11, 2013

      White House considers Fischer for number two role at the Fed

      The White House is considering Stanley Fischer for vice-chair of the US Federal Reserve in a move that would add one of the...

    29. FT Alphaville

      December 6, 2013

      The Hubble bubble theory of the continuous expansion of the financial universe

      Or something like it. We’re not, after all, physicists. Though, feel free to read about the Hubble Bubble theory here. What...

    30. FT Alphaville

      December 4, 2013

      Deflation and secular stagnation: the real threats to EM

      This guest post is from Larry Brainard, Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Trusted Sources, an independent advisory firm...

    31. November 24, 2013

      The Fed will not take away the punchbowl of easy money soon

      Equity investors, says one leading US fund manager quoted in a prominent national newspaper last week, are “having a hard...

    32. FT Alphaville

      November 21, 2013

      The Closer

      FURTHER FURTHER READING - Why you shouldn’t pay attention to consumer confidence indicators. - The evolution of Larry...

    33. November 21, 2013

      Fed chair nominee Janet Yellen wins Senate committee backing

      US Federal Reserve chair nominee Janet Yellen received approval by the Senate banking committee on Thursday, clearing the...

    34. November 20, 2013

      Yellen’s path to Fed is eased by support of key Republican

      Janet Yellen is sailing towards confirmation as the next chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve after a crucial Republican...

    35. November 19, 2013

      Yellen shows Fed will remain markets’ best friend

      Janet Yellen’s confirmation hearing last week reaffirmed that the Federal Reserve remains risk markets’ best friend – and...

    36. FT Alphaville

      November 18, 2013

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Larry Summers talks secular stagnation and bubbles: Izzy picks up on a recent speech by...

    37. November 15, 2013

      Markets are betting QE cannot last much longer

      Ultimately, the Federal Reserve will remove its extreme policies of monetary stimulus, because ultimately the US economy...

    38. FT Alphaville

      November 15, 2013

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Asian bourses continued their ascent on the prospect of extended monetary stimulus in the US. Investors have been...

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