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Interest-Rates

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Laissez-faire: The Best Fed Policy Is To Stand Pat / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: EconMatters

Operation Twist through 2012, and keeping the benchmark interest rate near zero to at least mid-2013.

Nevertheless, the more important (albeit coded) message is how much more pessimistic the Fed has gotten just within the past five months.  Below are the table from the Fed latest November economic forecast with the prior projection issued in June.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Jim Grant’s Best Moments on Money, Banking & The Federal Reserve / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Aftab_Singh

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs many of you may already know, the other day Ron Paul expressly mentioned that he would pick James Grant of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer as chairman of the Fed if elected. We cannot conceive of a better candidate for that unfortunately frightful job! Jim Grant is just fantastically insightful when it comes to monetary matters and particularly knowledgeable on the history of money. So, for anyone that might be interested, here I present a short video of his best moments on money, banking and the Federal Reserve over the past few years. See below for the video:

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Interest-Rates

Friday, October 28, 2011

Money, Credit and the Federal Reserve Banking System, Robert Prechter Explains The Fed, Part III / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is Part III, the final part of our series "Robert Prechter Explains The Fed." (Here are Part I and Part II.)

Money, Credit and the Federal Reserve Banking System
Conquer the Crash, Chapter 10
By Robert Prechter

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Robert Prechter Goes "behind the scenes" on the Federal Reserve / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is Part II of our three-part series, "Robert Prechter Explains The Fed." You can read Part I here.

Money, Credit and the Federal Reserve Banking System

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Robert Prechter Explains The Fed, Part I / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe ongoing economic problems have made the central bank's decisions -- interest rates, quantitative easing, monetary stimulus, etc. -- a permanent fixture on six-o'clock news.

Yet many of us don't truly understand the role of the Federal Reserve.

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Politics

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Fed Twists, the Market Shouts / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week the Federal Reserve began the second incarnation of "Operation Twist", an attempt to drive down interest rates by purchasing long-term Treasury debt and selling short-term debt. This is just the latest instance of the central bank desperately flailing around doing something merely for the sake of doing something. Fed officials still do not understand – or admit – that the Fed itself caused the financial crisis by driving interest rates too low and relentlessly expanding the money supply. Thus, this latest action will just exacerbate the problem.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, October 06, 2011

How Ben Bernanke "F*d" the Banks and Fixed Income Savers at the Same Time / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHello Ben. It seems your ploy to hold interest rates at preposterously low levels has backfired into a run on Bank of America assets.

Bank of America Customer Frustration Grows

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Politics

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Rip-Off Conspiracy, the United States of Banks / Politics / Central Banks

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYou probably missed any media coverage of the September 26 speech by Federal Reserve Board of Governors member Sarah Raskin. The media ignored it. You would be wise not to ignore it.

There were a few brief news reports about it. There was no detailed analysis. The media usually ignore speeches by any FED Board member other than Bernanke.

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Politics

Friday, September 30, 2011

Fed Counterfeiter's Cry: Trust Me! / Politics / Central Banks

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSarah Bloom Raskin is a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She is a lawyer. She is a banking lawyer and has earned her living for her entire career as a government banking regulator.

On September 26, she gave a Bernanke-imitating speech on the rotten job market: "Monetary Policy and Job Creation." Does it come as a surprise that she promotes monetary inflation as the solution to unemployment?

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Politics

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Fed's Ultimate Lie Exposed, Central Banks Are Not Banks / Politics / Central Banks

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI am going to make a number of obvious statements that we all can agree are true, but what they add up to is a startling conclusion. What we call "central banks" are not banks at all.

What is a bank? I refer the reader to a straightforward but reasonably detailed answer here. A bank is a financial organization in which people deposit their money, we are told. This is true. A bank is a business, we are told. This is true. We are also told in this little essay that "each bank tries to make THEIR bank look better than all of the other banks by offering services that some other banks might not have". That is to say, banks compete in a market. This is true, conceptually at least, and also true to some extent in reality, although numerous banking laws seriously alter the market and the competition. But it is the pure idea we are after here, and in the pure idea a bank is a business that competes in a market.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Insidious Truth About Federal Reserve Policy / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: So far, U.S. Federal Reserve policy has done nothing to help the economy. To the contrary, it's actually been quite destructive.

Yet Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and his cohorts will likely expand upon their ineffective policies next week by announcing a new "Operation Twist."

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Central Bankers' Next Panic Move / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSean Hyman writes: It may seem like panic in the stock markets just started this month, but the truth is governments and central bankers have been in "panic mode" since March. We just didn't see it in the markets until a few weeks ago. But if you look back, you can tell central bankers were panicking because they kept intervening to manipulate their stock or currency markets. Here's a quick play-by-play of those panic attacks and the real messages behind them:

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Synopsis of Bernanke's Speech at Jackson Hole, and What It Means / Stock-Markets / Central Banks

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen listening to a speech like this, one has to remember who is speaking and under what conditions. A Fed Chairman has a thousand watt megaphone attached to his chest, and so he must speak quietly and calmly, in order not to disrupt markets and place the Fed in the middle of political controversies. Unless you have actually been close to or in a position of power, where your words carry great significance, it is all too easy to forget this.

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Politics

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Behind Closed Doors at the Fed: Ten Years of Research into America's Central Bank / Politics / Central Banks

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDuring the past few years, The Federal Reserve has engaged in a "deliberate inflating policy."

This policy earned disfavor, both at home and abroad.

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Politics

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Don’t Swallow the FED’s $16 Trillion Suicide Pill / Politics / Central Banks

By: LewRockwell

Michael McKay writes: In case you missed it, on July 21st 2011 the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a 266 page partial audit of the Federal Reserve (FED).

Here is the punch line: The Federal Reserve secretly kept the Phony-Fiat-Money-System afloat by "lending" out $16 Trillion Dollars to various corporations and banks, many of which were foreign, non-U.S. entities like The Bank of Scotland, UBS (Switzerland), Deutche Bank (Germany) and Societe Generale SA (France) between December 1, 2007 through July 21, 2010 (read this as: Created-Out-Of-Thin-Air and had refused to tell us). The details are on page 133 which you can read here.

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Economics

Monday, August 15, 2011

It is not Enough to Tell the Fed to Target Nominal GDP - You Have to Tell it How / Economics / Central Banks

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

In the August 15 edition of the Financial Times, Clive Crook wrote an op-ed piece urging the Fed to target nominal GDP growth. This is not the worst Fed "mandate" that has been recommended. But it is not enough to recommend a mandate or a target to this Fed. You also have to explain to it how to maximize the probability of actually achieving its mandate. Targeting a fed funds rate won't do the trick, especially under current circumstances.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Currency Wars and Quantitative Easing / Interest-Rates / Central Banks

By: CentralBankNews

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe past week in monetary policy saw 12 central banks reviewing monetary policy settings, with 2 expanding asset buying programs, and just 3 adjusting interest rate levels. Those that adjusted interest rates were: Pakistan -50bps to 13.50%, Uganda +100bps to 14.00%, and Turkey -50bps to 5.75%; Switzerland also adjusted its interest rate target range downward to halt gains in the Swiss franc. Meanwhile those that held rates unchanged were: Botswana 9.50%, Uzbekistan 12.00%, Australia 4.75%, Japan 0.10%, Romania 6.25%, Russia 8.25%, EU 1.50%, UK 0.50%, and the Czech Republic 0.75%.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Do you think Ben Bernanke is J.P. Morgan? / Politics / Central Banks

By: Fred_Sheehan

On July 13, 2011, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke was questioned by members of the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy.

Chairman (of the Committee) Ron Paul asked: "Do you think gold is money?"

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Politics

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

$8.4 Trillion Hidden Profit For The Federal Reserve / Politics / Central Banks

By: Submissions

Liberty writes: The public is aware that deficit spending is the government's ability to spend money that it does not have. The image projected is the government borrows from the public, or the Federal Reserve, and the money that can be spent is above and beyond the funds collected in the form of taxes and fees.

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Politics

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Intellectual Legacy of the Federal Reserve / Politics / Central Banks

By: Aftab_Singh

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Paul and Ben Bernanke had an amusing exchange of words yesterday about whether or not gold is money. Needless to say, Ben answered in the negative and appealed to tradition during the conversation. Now, although I hesitantly agree with his conclusion (as in, strictly speaking, gold isn’t a widely used medium of exchange right now), I can scarcely agree with his modes of reasoning. Here, I consider the Federal Reserve’s intellectual legacy and outline a few possible reasons as to why central bankers generally fail to think and act prudently.

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