Ben Bernanke

Federal Reserve Audit Reveals $16 Trillion In Emergency Loans To Bailout Bankers

A report from the GAO has been swirling around the interwebs which reveals the Federal Reserve made $16 trillion of secret loans to financial institutions and other businesses. A sound lender of last resort would only do such a thing… Continue reading

Who Is Your Least Favorite Economist?

At the behest of a reader I have formulated a new poll — a compliment to our last poll which tried to determine the favorite economist of Swift Economics  followers (or should I refer to you as Clones like Jim… Continue reading

Who Is Your Favorite Economist?

Economists are famous for being wrong. As they say, economists have forecasted nine out of the last five recessions. Some, however, are more lucid than others. Many of us continue to seek out voices that illuminate rather then conceal the… Continue reading

¿Dónde Está el $500,000,000,000? Hell if Bernanke Knows

Alan Grayson asks Ben Bernanke why the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet shows that central bank liquidity swaps went from $24 billion at the end of 2007 to $553 billion by the end of 2008 including $9 billion to New Zealand… Continue reading

Printing Money and Stocks

The Federal Reserve has been printing money at a historic clip and buying up toxic assets for a shade under three years now — in response to the financial crisis. The technical term for their easy money policies is known… Continue reading

Newsflash! Oil is Inversely Related to the Dollar

I will sleep well tonight knowing President Obama committed Department of Justice resources to go after oil speculators. They must be the reason we’re paying $4/gallon at the pump. It couldn’t be OPEC’s resistance to produce more oil,… Continue reading

A Little Sunshine and the Fed

Money For Everybody

Vincent Reinhart, the Fed’s director of monetary affairs from 2001 to 2007 said “The caricature of the Fed is that it was shoveling money to big New York banks and a bunch of foreigners, and that is… Continue reading

Ben Bernanke vs. Paul Ryan

The chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, spoke with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill yesterday. Congressman Ryan has been a major voice for austerity, reforming entitlements, and expressing concern over monetary policy. Some have labeled… Continue reading

Quantitative Easing Explained

When explained by simplistic CGI characters and electronic voice generators, our economic policy never sounded so loony.


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Ron Paul to Head Congressional Federal Reserve Oversight

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas will become chairman of the House Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy due to Republicans winning back majority in the House of Representatives. Most people haven’t heard of this committee, namely because it hasn’t done much… Continue reading

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