WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday the U.S. central bank still expects to start scaling back its massive asset purchase program later this year, but left open the option of changing that plan in either direction if the economic outlook shifted.
While sticking closely to a timeline he first outlined last month that the Fed would halt bond buying by mid-2014, when unemployment was projected to be around 7%, Bernanke went out of his way to stress that nothing was set in stone.
The hot debate in financial circles at the moment is exactly when the Fed (and/or the Bank of England) will start raising rates as the economic recovery picks up steam. However, the authors of the Geneva Report suggest talk of the crisis being over is seriously premature.
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - By ensuring the Federal Reserve begins trimming its massive bond-buying stimulus before a more hawkish contingent of voters comes on board next year, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has greased the skids politically for his successor, Janet Yellen.
Soon we won’t have Ben Bernanke to kick around anymore. Janet Yellen will head the Federal Reserve Bank.
What does it mean to you?
In an ideal world, it would mean nothing. You would shrug and go back to your morning coffee. Fed chairmen (and chairwomen), like referees, should not have such an impact on the game.
Competence in an economist is hard to measure, like knowing whether your auto mechanic is really any good.
The release of the statement from the Federal Reserve's latest FOMC monetary policy meeting today and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's subsequent press conference sent bonds tumbling. The chart below shows the exact moments that triggered the sell-off in 10-year Treasury futures that caused bond yields to soar today.
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke strongly defended the U.S. central bank’s bond-buying stimulus before Congress on Tuesday, saying its benefits clearly exceed possible costs.
The Fed chairman also urged lawmakers to avoid sharp spending cuts set to go into effect on Friday, which he warned could combine with earlier tax increases to create a “significant headwind” for the economic recovery.
Volker Wieland is Professor of Monetary Theory and Policy at Goethe University of Frankfurt since 2000 and a Founding Professor of the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability. Prior to joining the Frankfurt faculty he was a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC.