Ben Bernanke

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A police officer guarding the Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC: the challenge in unwinding current policies is not technical. As Fed chairman Ben Bernanke explained in February 2010, exit from quantitative easing and bloated central bank balance sheets is technically straightforward. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Since the beginning of May, monetary policy has undergone a substantial tightening. This has taken the form of a rise in the yield on the bonds of hig(...)

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks to the press following the Fed’s two-day policy meeting  in Washington last week. Jason Reed/Reuters

For the most part, Ben Bernanke and his colleagues at the Federal Reserve have been good guys in these troubled economic times. They have tried to boo(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: Treasury to review case for breaking up RBS. Photograph: Getty Images

European stocks fell. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index posted its biggest weekly decline in 13 months as Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras lost one of hi(...)

Ryanair closed up 1.2 per cent 
at ¤7.06 
on a day in which it held an investor conference in London

Stock markets reacted badly yesterday to comments a day earlier from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke that the central bank may end bond purchase(...)

Ryanir confirmed as the world’s most popular airline after IATA’s World Airline Transport Statistics showed it carried 79.6 million international passengers last year.

Global equity markets rose and the dollar strengthened against the yen yesterday on expectations the US Federal Reserve will reinforce its commitment (...)

Job applicants wait in line under rainfall in New York.

I’ve been in this economics business for a while. In fact, I’ve been in it so long, I still remember what people considered normal in those long-ago d(...)

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo today. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters.

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda today expressed confidence the central bank can stem bond market volatility with flexible market operat(...)

Iseq heavyweight CRH was down 0.73 per cent at ¤16.405. However the group outperformed its peers

European stocks plunged yesterday as the US Federal Reserve signalled it will scale back its stimulus if the US e(...)

A file photograph of US jobseekers standing in line to meet with prospective employers at a career fair in New York City. Photograph:  Mike Segar/Files/Reuters.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to resilience in the labour mar(...)

Brent crude futures steadied near a two-week high this morning, holding around $105 per barrel.

Brent crude futures steadied near a two-week high this morning, holding around $105 per barrel as rising Middle East tensions offset concerns a(...)

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