Ben Bernanke

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Jerome Powell: Investors, accustomed to “dovish” former Fed chiefs such as Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke and Alan Greenspan, may have been disconcerted by Powell’s “demeanour and forcefulness”. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Fears that the Federal Reserve may be about to speed up its rate-hiking cycle continue to spook global markets, as evidenced by last week’s reaction t(...)

The European ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly. Photograph: Maxwell’s

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi should give up his membership of the opaque Group of 30 consultative body because it risks hurting public(...)

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen: academic heavyweight whose expertise helped guide her through what has been a tumultuous decade in financial markets. Photograph: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The biggest risk facing global markets today is a mistake in monetary policy by the Federal Reserve or the European Central Bank (ECB), according to B(...)

the Fed cut interest rates to zero and “printed money” on a huge scale during the financial crisis.

Last week John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, tried to defend President Donald Trump against charges that he was grossly insensitive to the wi(...)

  Spanish stock index IBEX35 dropped 3 per cent last Wednesday – but soon recovered the following day as most Ibex 35 stocks companies have little exposure to Catalonia. Photograph: EPA/MARISCAL

There’s been surprisingly little chatter about a crucial issue facing financial markets: who will be the next chair of the Federal Reserve? Donald Tru(...)

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) coin is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Irish investors are no strangers to bubbles and yet many appear drawn toward the latest potential burst. Emerging from the recent white noise surround(...)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. “If Trump wishes to take a small step towards establishing a reputation for judgment he should reappoint Yellen.”

The US Federal Reserve is ahead of other important western central banks, in normalising monetary policy. This has provoked lively debate. Prominent(...)

Donald Trump: the first six months of his presidency have been nothing if not dramatic. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

Scandals, infighting, chaotic policymaking, a pugilistic and an isolationist approach to diplomacy that has alarmed America’s traditional allies – th(...)

New York Stock Exchange: Historically low levels of anxiety have confounded those who assumed an upsurge in volatility was a given in 2017. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s political travails injected some volatility into stock markets recently but 2017 has largely been a very quiet year. Prior to the Trump(...)

Madame Tussaud designers in London adjust a wax figure of US president-elect Donald Trump. His behaviour and policies will dictate whether more market U-turns arise. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Donald Trump’s US presidential election victory in November triggered one of the biggest post-election stock market rallies in history, but will Trump(...)

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