When freshly installed Fed Chair Janet Yellen went before Congress yesterday, she mostly followed the script written by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke. But now that she's in charge, everything she says will carry a great deal of weight.
- What the Fed Taper Means for Markets and Your Money
- Janet Yellen's Testimony Didn't Intend to Reveal This Profit Opportunity
- Deflation Is Coming (and It's Not What You Think)
- The First Thing Yellen Should Do to Save America
- Who Is Janet Yellen, and What Will She Be Like as the Next Fed Chair?
- Janet Yellen as the Next Fed Chair: What That Means for Markets, Economy
- Four Reasons the Next Fed Chairman Will Fail
- All Things Fed: Keith Fitz-Gerald on Janet Yellen and Today's FOMC Meeting
- The Next Federal Reserve Chairman: Summers Out, Yellen In
- The Next Fed Chief Will Be the Most Powerful of All Time
The Federal Reserve went forward with its taper plans yesterday, announcing it would reduce its bond-buying by $10 billion per month. But that is no guarantee the Fed will continue to taper, especially if the economy falters. And now that the Fed has a new chief in Janet Yellen,
As Bernanke sits in for his last meeting this week, we answered three of the most commonly asked questions our readers have been sending us about today's FOMC meeting and the possible outcomes:
I didn't think it would happen, but Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke up and did "it" a few minutes ago.
He announced the "Fed taper" - the Fed will cut its bond buying by $10 billion a month (to $75 billion) beginning in January.
I think there are a few points to consider about Bernanke's move. I want talk briefly about those, and then highlight what this news of a Fed taper means for your money.
When Janet Yellen testified before the Senate last week, she inadvertently let slip a major clue as to where the real money will be made over the next year or so. And we're not talking about the record stock market highs, either. Knowing how to interpret this single phrase is the key to unlocking a $2.5 trillion market.
Be careful out there.
The stock market rally that started in March 2009... The one that's taken us out of the Great Recession and to new highs... The rally that's driving sentiment indicators of people who benefit from rising financial assets directly, peripherally, or because they hope all boats rise with the market...
The rally has never been loved.
The thing is, equity markets don't need love to go twice as high from here, or three times as high in the next 20 years. If they get what else they need, they'll keep going higher.
We could be on the verge of a generational bull market. That's if deficit-plagued, interconnected global sovereigns deleverage and, at the same time, re-capitalize middle and rising classes by making "recourse-sound" capital available and simultaneously reconstituting entirely the notion of taxation.
Too bad the likelihood of that happening is somewhere between slim and none.
That's one reason why I'm an increasingly reluctant bull.
But there's another reason too.
How do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn't easy, but I'll try...
- Lulu, To Sir, With Love (1967)
There is so much to say about the United States government not defaulting.
I'd like to start with a thank you.
It isn't easy, but I'll try.
Thank you, Congress, for showing the world there's nothing wrong with the full faith and credit of the United States... and for showing the world that having full faith and credit in the United States government is a total bust.
An extension? Really? So, we go through this again in a matter of weeks?
But let's move on. Let's talk about Janet Yellen. She's far more relevant.
She's about to become the most powerful person in the United States - in the entire world, for that matter.
U.S. President Barack Obama officially nominated Janet Yellen as the next Federal Reserve Chairman today (Wednesday).
Dow and S&P 500 futures immediately jumped late Tuesday on news the nomination was coming. A vote for Yellen suggests continuity, not change.
As Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald has said, "Yellen has never met a printing press she didn't like."
Now that President Obama has officially nominated Janet Yellen to be the next Fed chair, there are a few things you should know about her. For instance, she was the overwhelming choice of both Congressional Democrats and Wall Street bankers. Get ready for this:
As the end of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's tenure nears, pundits are falling over themselves trying to predict who President Obama will pick to succeed him. Little do they realize it doesn't matter. The next chairman will be powerless against these four economic realities...
Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today to discuss this week's FOMC meeting and Janet Yellen.
On Monday, Larry Summers announced he is dropping out of the candidate list to replace Ben Bernanke and become the next Fed chief. Next in line for new Fed chief role is Janet Yellen.
Larry Summers shocked Wall Street and Washington circles on Sunday by withdrawing his name for consideration as the next U.S. Federal Reserve chairman.
Summers wrote in a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, "I have reluctantly concluded that any possible confirmation process for me would be acrimonious and would not serve the interest of the Federal Reserve, the Administration, or ultimately, the interests of the nation's ongoing economic recovery."
His decision comes at a critical point for the Federal Reserve.
But in addition to acting as steward of the economy, the Fed's role has expanded over the years.
The Great Recession, a need for corporate bailouts, and concerns over the Fed's secrecy brought about recent changes to its institutional identity.
Certainly we've had a renewed focus on the Fed's responsibility as a regulator.
People wanted to see - needed to see - a Fed that operates no longer as a creature of the banks, but as a watchdog instead.
Emblematically, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act were signed into law in July 2010.
With it, Dodd-Frank brought the most substantial changes to financial regulation since the aftermath of the Great Depression. Particularly, a greater breadth of regulatory power was given to the Fed.