Bernanke

Ken Lewis: They Made Me Do It

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that B of A CEO Ken Lewis testified to NY AG Andrew Cuomo that he was coerced into going through with the Merrill Lynch acquisition by Bernanke and Paulson, of the Fed and Treasury, respectively. Yeah, OK.  From Reuters: The Journal said Lewis testified that Bernanke and Paulson told…

When Its Time To Raise Rates, Will Bernanke Have The Stones?

An article in Bloomberg raises some very interesting questions and I though I’d open up the discussion on these three: 1.  Since Bernanke has clearly chosen Keynes over Friedman, pumping in liquidity with the belief that inflation will be held in check, will this “end in tears” as Fed historian Dr. Allan Meltzer believes? 2. …

The Rambo Fed

From Bloomberg: U.S. central bankers decided yesterday to buy as much as $300 billion of long-term Treasuries and more than double mortgage-debt purchases to $1.45 trillion, aiming to lower home- loan and other interest rates. The Fed kept its main rate at almost zero and may keep it there for an “extended” time. The moves…

I Can Haz LOLFed?

Today, we’re going to talk about one of my guiltiest pleasures on the financial web, LOLFed. I go through withdrawal when I can’t check in to see what Alyx and Jason have cooked up on LOLFed.com each day, as the economic and stock market news gets more and more ridiculous. For the uninitiated, LOLFed is…

Lindsey Graham Looking For Zombies

S.C. Senator Lindsey Graham:  Is AIG a “Zombie”? Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke:  Umm, No. Graham:  So if AIG isn’t a zombie, who is? Bernanke:  There aren’t any large zombie institutions that I know of. Hey Ben – Reality called, it said to check in sometime, it’s been awhile. What is a Zombie Bank? (The Big…