Ben Bernanke

1:41pm

Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Ben Bernanke: Fed Is Looking For 'Sustained Improvement' Of Economy

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 1:55 pm

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference in Washington.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke said the new monetary policy announced today is aimed at getting the U.S. economy moving for good.

After a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed announced that it would spend $40 billion a month on mortgage-backed securities in an effort to stimulate the economy and drive the the unemployment rate down.

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10:10am

Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Federal Reserve Announces New Round Of Economic Stimulus

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:22 am

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a dinner at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Update at 12:31 p.m. ET. Federal Reserve Announces QE3:

The Federal Reserve announced it would spend $40 billion a month on bond purchases in an effort to stimulate the economy and drive the the unemployment rate down.

The Wall Street Journal says that unlike the first two rounds of Quantitative Easing, this time the Fed will focus solely on buying mortgage-backed securities.

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12:16am

Thu September 13, 2012
Planet Money

The Fed's Other Big Power

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 12:06 pm

Give us a sign.
Alex Brandon AP

We think of the power of the Federal Reserve as the power of money. After all, the Fed is the one institution that can create U.S. dollars out of thin air.

But recently, Ben Bernanke has argued that the Fed has another, critical power: the power of words. And when you're the chairman of the Fed, a few words can go a long way.

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12:03am

Thu September 13, 2012
Economy

Fed Stimulus Expected, But Remedy May Not Be Right

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 7:02 am

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke in a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill in June.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Federal Reserve policymakers are meeting in Washington, trying to decide whether — and exactly how — to boost the sluggish economy. Many analysts are expecting the Fed to take action, but they're also beginning to question whether another stimulus program will have any effect.

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10:45am

Fri August 31, 2012
Business

Bernanke Defends His Efforts To Lift Economy

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 10:48 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the latest comments from Ben Bernanke

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