The Fed

Fed Chair Powell Cites Concerns, Holds Rates in Place (February 28)

Update 334: Hitting Hill for Humphrey-Hawkins;Powell Cites Concerns, Holds Rates in Place This Tuesday and yesterday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell appeared before Senate and House Committees to report, as the Fed Chair does semi-annually, on the state of the economy and monetary policy.  In his July 2018 testimony, Chairman Powell painted a picture of …

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Fed Undertakes Implementation of S. 2155 (November 16)

Update 313 — Quarles Tailoring Too Swiftly? Fed Undertakes Implementation of S. 2155 The current Congressional interregnum known as the Lame Duck session affords a chance to consider how the Fed plans to implement S. 2155, the broadest rollback of Dodd-Frank to date.  So far, evidence suggests that the implementation process be watched closely. It …

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Fed Developments – How Trump is Shaping Financial Regulations (October 9)

Update 304: Fed Developments – Nominations and Rules; How Trump is Shaping Financial Regulations On September 26, far away from the Kavanaugh maw, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to raise the target range for the federal funds rate from 2 to 2.25 percent. The market expects one more rate hike this year, three …

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Much Ado About the Fed (June 15)

Update 279: Much Ado About the Fed From Systemic Risks To Interest Rates The Federal Reserve made news this week in the usual way, with another interest rate hike, and also in less visible but important ways. Today, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) — of which the Fed is a key member — met …

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Dereg Now, Dereg Whenever (Apr. 25)

Update 266 – Dereg Now, Dereg Whenever: Capital Rules Debate Pits Quarles vs. Quarrels If rapidly increasing economic growth, historic highs in financial industry profits, and capital markets in record territory of late all call for deregulation, there’s no bad time for it.  And if proponents of financial deregulation control the House, Senate, and White …

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Through a Glass Darkly (Mar. 30)

Update 259 — Through a Glass Darkly: The Fed Today, Governance and Structure With the lull afforded by recess, spring breaks, and holidays, we can take a look at the nation’s central bank, the economy’s most important single institution but one not well understood in terms of governance and structure. The Fed is in the …

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Trump’s Financial Regulators: One Year in and Changing the Game Already (Feb. 28)

Update 252 — Trump’s Financial Regulators: One Year in and Changing the Game Already From consumer protection to regulation of firms, the financial regulatory landscape has changed markedly in some areas and is stillborn in others. Trump regulators have made a variety of decisions that has escaped broader notice. We take a tour of the …

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Yellen Years at the Fed (Feb. 7)

Update 248:  Yellen Years at the Fed All’s Well and it Ends with Wells With markets calmer now following a correction that gave back all of this January’s paper gains in three early-February trading sessions, we can take a longer-term look at a key transition in Washington crowded out by correction coverage. Janet Yellen concluded …

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