Paul Volcker

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Paul Volcker. The scale of his many achievements is huge, although most tributes focused on his unshakeable integrity. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

One man who did make the world a better place was Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman who died last week aged 92. Volcker is famous for (...)

Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve board chairman.

Paul Volcker, the Federal Reserve board chairman who vanquished the inflationary upsurge that sapped the US’s global prestige and power in the 1970s a(...)

US president Donald Trump:  He is no longer merely venting on Twitter, but using his tweets as a policy tools. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Scarcely a week passes without stock markets being roiled by a tweet from Donald Trump. How big a threat is the volatile US president to stock markets(...)

  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(...)

Is this bull market a ‘new normal’, or should investors wait for the ‘old normal’ to return? Photograph: iStock

As share prices tumbled on that infamous Monday in October 1987, a chain of dominoes stretching from Tokyo to New York, Tim Hammett was more stunned b(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the  Federal Reserve, second left, speaks as Ben Bernanke, former Fed chair, second right, Paul Volcker, another former Fed chair, right, and Fareed Zakaria, CNN anchor, left, listen during the Historic Fed Chair Conversation in New York. Photograph: Bloomberg

Janet Yellen has brushed aside suggestions that the Federal Reserve’s December interest-rate increase was a mistake, as she described “tremendous prog(...)

The rise of “Trumpism” would be a potential cause of geopolitical upheaval and conflict. Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

There is a great deal of ruin in a nation. Thus did the wise Adam Smith rebuke a correspondent’s worry that ruin was bound to follow reversals in the (...)

President Barack Obama. ‘Now that he’s presiding over unexpected economic strength [his critics] can’t just turn around and assert his irrelevance.’ Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Suddenly, or so it seems, the US economy is looking better. Things have been looking up for a while, but at this point the signs of improvement – j(...)

Janet Yellen, the new US Federal Reserve  chairman, has signaled she will carry on the central bank’s unprecedented stimulus until she sees improvement in an economy. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said today the US central bank was on track to keep reducing its policy stimulus, even as she acknowledged the l(...)

Janet Yellen, vice chairman of the US Federal Reserve and Ben  Bernanke, chairman, at meeting of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington DC. Wall Street faces increased government oversight of trading after the passing of the Volcker rule. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The largest US banks were facing a new world order as regulators voted through the Volcker rule, which will make it harder for Wall Street to make ris(...)

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