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  1. Biotechs Have Their 'Irrational Exuberance' Moment: Time To Buy More?


    Mon, 21 Jul 2014

    Small ones got dumped big-time. Is it but a passing storm, though? There is precedent for it being exactly that: Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan argued that stocks had become irrationally exuberant in December 1996, and followed up with a more substantial

  2. What Will Undo the Low-Rate Environment?


    Sat, 19 Jul 2014

    interest rates have tumbled is the "global savings glut." Bernanke gets credit for the term. Faster income growth in emerging ..... interest rates reflect scarcity of "safe," liquid assets. ( Bernanke has mentioned this also .) Quantitative easing may have compressed

  3. Grantham on Bubbles, Pipelines, and Population Growth


    Fri, 18 Jul 2014

    statement that she is sticking faithfully to the Greenspan- Bernanke policy of extreme moral hazard. She will not use interest ..... encourage extreme speculation. But Yellen will, as Greenspan and Bernanke before her, attempt to limit only the damage any breaking

  4. mREITs: Double-Digit Returns At The 2014 Half-Way Mark, More To Come!


    Wed, 16 Jul 2014

    24 " - has been the revival in the Mortgage REIT stocks. After a disastrous 2013, when the sector was blindsided by Ben Bernanke 's May 2013 Taper Tantrum, mREITs saw the 10-year Treasury rise from 1.6% to 3% in 5 months, a near-doubling

  5. Pros & Cons of the Fed's Strategy


    Sun, 6 Jul 2014

    easing monetary policy substantially during downturns, while tightening only modestly during recoveries (ie the Greenspan and Bernanke “puts”). On this view, monetary policy has been too easy on average, leading to a long term upward trend in debt

  6. One Big Idea


    Thu, 3 Jul 2014

    with R in this case being the real rate of interest that may be substantially lower than prior levels. Ex- Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has argued in private conversations that R is lower because G (growth) will be equally lower in future years

  7. Is Janet Yellen Repeating Past Policy Mistakes?


    Thu, 3 Jul 2014

    appropriate role of the central bank with respect to the emergence of asset price bubbles. In a manner reminiscent of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan in the run up to the bursting of the US housing and credit market bubble in Complete Story »

  8. Reality Check


    Wed, 2 Jul 2014

    Fed and its former chairman , Ben Bernanke , how would or how ..... what the Fed and Bernanke said? Bernanke is ..... and June of 2007, Chairman Bernanke said there would ..... participation rate. Chairman Bernanke assured us, in his November 4, 2010

  9. Muni Market Mid-Year Update


    Thu, 26 Jun 2014

    volatile periods, and not just for munis but for most fixed income investments. In May 2013, then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke started talking about the so-called “tapering” that is now taking place. At that time, the market didn

  10. Interest Rate Increase Not Likely During 2014


    Tue, 24 Jun 2014

    tapering their purchases. A little history with this, back in May of 2013, the Federal Reserve Chairman at that time was Ben Bernanke , and his official comment to begin the reduction of buy less bonds each month sent a shock wave through the market

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