Ben Bernanke

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Big stories of the year included monetary stimulus in Japan and the tech sector, which was a big winner.

Like 2012, this was a year where global stock markets were shaped by central bankers and policymakers, as epitomised last February when Japan’s econom(...)

Planet Business

Image of the week: E-smoke gets in your eyes New job title alert: “Vapologist”, as seen on the white coat of the man standing behind the bar at t(...)

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The decision by the US Federal Reserve to reduce the rate of its securities purchases by $10 billion a month is best dismissed as a taper in a teap(...)

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke responds to reporters during his final planned news conference before his retirement, at the Federal Reserve Bank headquarters in Washington,last night. Photo: Reuters

The US Federal Reserve last night trimmed its aggressive bond-buying programme, but sought to temper the long-awaited move by suggesting its key inter(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange wait for the Federal Reserve’s decision in relation to its economic stimulus programme.  Photograph: David Karp

Markets on this side of the Atlantic were again held back by concerns over what the US Federal Reserve would choose to do in relation to its economic (...)

The Fed policy meeting will be the penultimate one of Mr Bernanke’s tenure. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The Federal Reserve will decide later today whether the US economy is finally resilient enough to withstand less policy support, or whether it is prud(...)

Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, left, looks on as Jacob “Jack” Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, speaks during a Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) meeting at the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C. last  Monday. The Federal Reserve meets on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss tapering opinion is divided on whether it will move this week or wait for January or March. (Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Asian share markets were mostly lower over-night, with investors just a few short days away from finding out the fate of US monetary stimulus, in what(...)

The exit from easing

Last May the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank, first hinted that it could soon begin to reduce its monetary stimulus of the economy, by taperin(...)

Nobel Prize winner Eugene Fama
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Renowned value investor Jeremy Grantham has harsh words for Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke and incoming Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen in his latest(...)

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke  said rates were likely to stay low “for a considerable time after the asset purchases end.” Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US Federal Reserve could cut the interest it pays to banks on their reserves in a dramatic move to offset an eventual slowing of its $85 billion-a(...)

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