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Low Interest Rates Worry the Fed. Ben Bernanke Has Some Ideas

Writing for the New York Times, Jeanna Smialek, Jim Tankersley and Ben Casselman look at statements made recently by former Chair of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke.  In particular, the article looks at Bernanke’s opinions of the current interest rate environment and the actions of the Federal Reserve.

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What a Yield-Curve Inversion Really Says About the U.S. Economy

Can the yield-curve really predict the economic future?  Writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, Peter Coy looks at the yield-curve and what it means in the current financial and political landscape.

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What Does ‘Inverted Yield Curve’ Mean?

Discussions of the bond yield curve have been making headlines of late.  Why is the yield curve important and how does it impact everyday life?  This recent article by Karen Wallace published in Morningstar helps explain these questions and many others related to yield curve.

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How Will Trump Reshape the Federal Reserve?

This October, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer will resign.  President Trump will select Fischer’s replacement.  Whom he will choose as the next Vice Chair is the topic of discussion in this recent Podcast produced by Knowledge@Wharton.

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Why are American Bond Yields Higher than Europe’s?

This recent article published in The Economist looks at the current trend in bond yields in the US and Europe.

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Emerging-Market Equity 2017 Outlook

What does 2017 have in store for Emerging Market investments? Will Federal Reserve decisions have a significant impact? Dr. Mark Mobius and Stephen Dover examine this topic in a recent blog entry in Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets.

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The Lowdown on U.S. Core Inflation

Low inflation is a concern and focus of the Federal Reserve. A recent study published by the IMF looks at the relationship between unemployment and the inflation rate.

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Fed’s Dudley Urges Caution on Rate Hikes, Cites Risks to U.S.

What is next for the Fed? President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York William C. Dudley provides some insight as covered by Gayatri Suroyo writing for Reuters.

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Can We Ignore the Alarm Bells the Bond Market Is Ringing?

Is the bond market still a good indicator of economic health and direction? Writing for the New York Times, Neil Irwin believes that the bond market may no longer be the gauge that it has been in the past.

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What Tools Does the Fed Have Left?

Writing for the Brookings Institute, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, explores the resources available to the Federal Reserve to help maintain the strength of the U.S. economy.

Read Part I: Negative Interest Rates

Read Part II: Targeting Longer-Term Interest Rates

Read Part III: Helicopter Money