Fed

  • April 27, 2011  

    In hopes of further revamping the Fed’s secretive image, Chairman Ben Bernanke held the first-ever regularly scheduled news conference in its 98-year history. Jeffrey Brown discusses his remarks with Columbia University’s Joseph Stiglitz and Matthew Slaughter, who served on the Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush. Continue reading

  • December 2, 2010  

    The Federal Reserve has released documents detailing $3.3 trillion worth of emergency efforts to prop up failing banks, Wall Street firms and large companies during the height of the financial crisis. Jeffrey Brown breaks down the new disclosures with Neil Irwin of The Washington Post. Continue reading

  • November 19, 2010  

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, defending the Fed’s $600 billion stimulus and calling on China and other fast-growing economies not to gain an unfair market advantage by devaluing their currencies. Jeffrey Brown talks to Greg Ip of The Economist. Continue reading

  • November 17, 2010   BY Paul Solman  

    The [Fed's announcement](http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/11/fed-slow-growth-disappointing-will-engage-in-second-round-of-quantitiative-easing.html) of another round of so-called “quantitative easing” (QE2) is much in the news. Basically, it’s an announced commitment to create $600 billion dollars or more of new “Federal reserves” – i.e., U.S. dollars – and [pump them … Continue reading

  • November 11, 2010  

    Jeffrey Brown gets three perspectives on the bipartisan fiscal commission’s recommendations to cut spending and change tax policy to combat the federal deficit. Continue reading

  • November 5, 2010   BY Paul Solman  

    A flurry of questions today about the October job report from NewsHour’s Facebook and Twitter. In response, a flurry of answers. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Janet Vetter: The economy added 150,000 jobs but the unemployment rate remained the same? What is this telling … Continue reading

  • November 5, 2010   BY Paul Solman  

    A flurry of questions today about the October job report from NewsHour’s Facebook and Twitter. In response, a flurry of answers. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Janet Vetter: The economy added 150,000 jobs but the unemployment rate remained the same? What is this telling … Continue reading

  • February 4, 2010   BY Karl E. Case  

    Economist Karl Case co-developed the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, today the most widely watched source of housing market prices in the U.S. Here, in a PBS NewsHour online exclusive, is his summation of the housing crisis — in verse form. Continue reading

  • January 22, 2010  

    David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal explains how the Massachusetts election affected Fed Chief Ben Bernanke’s chances at a second term. Continue reading

  • January 12, 2010  

    Word trickled down that the federal government will impose tax hikes on major financial institutions. Judy Woodruff speaks with experts about what this could mean for the economy. Continue reading

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