January 13th, 2011 19:03:29 GMT

Bernanke: QE has contributed to higher stock market


Interest rates are higher because economy is stronger. Stronger markets help small business by strengthening over all economy. Deflation risk has receded considerably, he says. He ducked a question on Commodity price inflation…

January 13th, 2011 16:32:51 GMT

Bernake speaks early this afternoon


The Bernank will speak at a small business forum in Washington at 18:00 GMT and will take questions, from what I understand. Traders expect Bernanke to remain unconcerned with inflation given the enormous levels of slack in the US economy. … Continue reading

January 12th, 2011 19:01:53 GMT

Beige Book: Economy growing moderately


Rising job levels at least in some sectors Business contacts were positive about outlook but cautious Retail spending improved in all districts Manufacturing continues to expand in all districts Probably a modest uptick over recent Beige Books. Here is the … Continue reading

January 11th, 2011 19:40:56 GMT

Kocherlakota: Now not the time to tighten


Quite comfortable with QE2 If haven’t started tightening by end of this year, may need to start considering by next year Should be cautious about using monetary policy to deflate asset bubbles Unemployment and disinflation reasons to delay exit strategy


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