To get out of quantitive easing, the Fed is considering Wall Street engineering that may wind up boosting the shadow banking system.
FORTUNE -- Ben Bernanke may have to pump up the shadow banking system in order to stop manipulating the bond market. At least that's how some see it.
For months, there has been talk inside and outside the Federal Reserve that the U.S. central bank might have to use an MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Sep 25, 2013 10:46 AM ET
Yellen's record suggests that she is not an ideologue.
By Sheila Bair
FORTUNE -- Rumors run rampant that President Obama will soon announce his intention to nominate Janet Yellen to be the next chair of the powerful Federal Reserve Board. Yet, the question remains whether enough Republicans will support her nomination to secure Senate confirmation, given their concerns over her support for the Fed's aggressive monetary interventions commonly known as quantitative MORESep 24, 2013 5:00 AM ET
By not tapering its bond purchases, the Fed risks exposing the U.S. economy to a number of ailments, which could ultimately lead to years of financial misery.Sep 19, 2013 12:11 PM ET
Ben Bernanke just pulled the biggest fake out in the history of the market. Now he and the Fed will have to pay for it.
FORTUNE -- The Federal Reserve's exit from its bond-buying experiment in monetary policy was never going to be pretty. It just got a lot messier.
If you were watching the market on Wednesday afternoon, you might have gotten the impression that the Fed made another great move. MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Sep 18, 2013 5:31 PM ET
Slower rising prices might have given Ben Bernanke an easy taper escape.Stephen Gandel, senior editor - Sep 18, 2013 2:30 PM ET
The economy is recovering but still very fragile as the Federal Reserve prepares to start tapering.
FORTUNE – It's a big day on Wall Street. As policymakers at the U.S. Federal Reserve wrap up with two-day meeting Wednesday, they'll decide whether the economy is solid enough to start winding down its stimulus program, called quantitative easing. The central bank's $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program has helped drive down long-term interest rates to MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Sep 18, 2013 10:19 AM ET
In the high-profile race for Fed chair, there's one hands-on favorite: Harvard University
By David Whitford, editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Whichever way the battle to replace Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve resolves -- surprise, surprise -- it's all about Harvard.
Although not the college so much. The only player in this drama with a Harvard B.A. is the one who's about to exit. Bernanke graduated in 1975, then headed down MORESep 12, 2013 7:00 AM ET
How President Obama became so enamored by Larry Summers despite the legion of critics, many in his own party.
FORTUNE -- Love him or not, Larry Summers has abruptly risen as the frontrunner to be the nominee for the next U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman, the most powerful central banker in the world. He has a reputation for being brutal and blunt, having been criticized for making crude remarks about women during MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Sep 9, 2013 11:22 AM ET
He's the potential Federal Reserve nominee that liberals love to hate. So how will President Obama handle the onslaught if he chooses Larry Summers to run the Fed?
By Nina Easton, senior editor
FORTUNE -- Call him the Freddy Krueger of potential presidential nominees. Liberals, feminists, and plain-old targets of his withering dismissiveness may have thought they destroyed Larry Summers' shot at the Federal Reserve chairmanship. But he's back -- haunting MORESep 6, 2013 5:00 AM ET
In the wake of gold's continuing decline, financial survivalists stick to their guns.
By David Z. Morris
FORTUNE -- What happens when gold may no longer glitter enough to stave off the financial apocalypse?
The precious metal, a big beneficiary at quantitative easing's outset as investors sought a hedge against possible inflation, has been steadily declining. During the first round of QE in December 2008, the price of gold was $837.50 an MOREAug 19, 2013 10:58 AM ET
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