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Understanding the Financial Crisis of 2008 via “Inside Job” and “The Big Short”

Last weekend my husband and I watched Adam McKay’s critically acclaimed film The Big Short. I wanted to see the film for some time, but since my husband was not as eager, we waited until it became available for online rental. 303 more words


What's so Bad about the Gold Standard?

Last week Paul Krugman argued that Ted Cruz is more dangerous than Donald Trump, because Trump is merely a protectionist while Cruz wants to restore the gold standard. 1,402 more words


Here's How Ben Bernanke's "Helicopter Money" Plan Might Work

You’d think it wouldn’t be so hard to spark a little inflation.

But in recent years, the Federal Reserve has consistently fallen short of its goal of a 2% annual inflation rate, despite the fact that it has kept interest rates at historically low levels, and has maintained trillions of dollars of government debt and mortgage-backed securities on its balance sheet. 992 more words


Fed chiefs gather for Yellen pep rally

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen participated in a roundtable with three of her predecessors: Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker, Thursday in Manhattan.

To begin with there was no disagreement between the four Fed chiefs, which represented 37 years of Fed leadership, which is 1/3rd of the history of the private institution. 358 more words


Ben Bernanke to Speak at Anti-'Too Big to Fail' Conference

Minneapolis Federal Reserve president Neel Kashkari, who is pushing the government to consider breaking up the country’s biggest banks, has booked former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to speak at his second conference. 229 more words


Court Deadlocks on Lending Lawsuit

I think it was Vince Lombardi who once said that a tie is as exciting as kissing your sister and George Brett who added that losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out. 440 more words