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Bernanke schools public on Federal Reserve’s role

WASHINGTON — Facing brickbats from left and right, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke revisited his academic roots to answer the skeptics Tuesday, delivering a public lecture on the bank’s role. The bookish former professor visited George Washington University to give the first in a series of four lectures on central…

Four of 19 large U.S. banks fail stress tests

WASHINGTON — Citigroup was one of four large US banks that flunked stress tests aimed at seeing how they would hold up in a new economic crisis, Federal Reserve data showed Tuesday. Three others — Ally, Suntrust and MetLife — also failed the tests, while 15 other large bank holding…

U.S. to publish bank stress-tests Thursday

WASHINGTON — The US Federal Reserve announced Monday it will publish results of its stress tests for the country’s largest banks on Thursday, aimed at seeing if they are fit to survive another massive recession. The test results will cover 19 large bank holding companies, examining how they would fare…

Fed takes wait-and-see approach on U.S. economy

A third straight month of strong US job creation is unlikely enough to budge the Federal Reserve’s policy makers from their easy-money stance when they meet Tuesday, analysts said. Even if Friday’s February jobs numbers suggest a firming of the US economy, the central bank’s leadership remains unconvinced about any…

Fed to enter tricky waters of U.S. rate forecasts

The US Federal Reserve enters uncharted waters at its policy meeting this week as it reveals individual policymakers’ views on the future path of interest rates. Fed-watchers generally expect the central bank will leave monetary policy essentially unchanged after the economy has recently shown some signs of an improving recovery…

Romney lacks clear remedy for U.S. economy: analysis

(Reuters) – Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is promising Americans deep spending cuts, smaller government, trade penalties on China, a new Federal Reserve chairman and sweeping deregulation. The bold economic strategy Romney has sketched out in his White House bid seems designed to appeal to…

Kucinich: Federal Reserve has captured control of our government

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called for the U.S. Federal Reserve to be reformed after Bloomberg reported the central bank secretly loaned nearly $8 trillion to financial institutions from 2007 to 2009. Tens of thousands of documents obtained by Bloomberg under the Freedom of Information Act showed that banks reaped an…

Grayson: Fed played ‘Russian roulette’ with U.S. money

Former U.S. congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) appeared on Countdown Monday evening to discuss how an audit of the Federal Reserve revealed the private bank giving $26 trillion to U.S and foreign banks without Congress’ authorization. “For the first time in history, I’m talking the 100 year history of the Federal…

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