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  • Junk Debt Exceeds $2 Trillion in Central Bank Repression

    It took three decades for the amount of speculative-grade debt to reach $1 trillion. It took about seven years to reach $2 trillion as investors sought relief from the financial repression brought on by near-zero interest rates.

  • Harvard’s Feldstein Says Fed Should Slow Bond Buying Amid Risks

    Martin Feldstein, a past president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, said the Federal Reserve should start slowing the pace of its $85 billion in monthly bond buying because the risks outweigh benefits.

  • Feldstein on Taxes Sways Democrats More Than Fellow Republicans

    In 1961, Martin Feldstein faced a choice: Become a doctor -- or an economist. He had finished his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College and been accepted to Harvard Medical School. He went with economics, enticed by a Fulbright scholarship to study at Oxford University in England. Once there, he found a way to combine his two areas of interest, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its October special issue on the 50 Most Influential people in global finance. The first paper he published was an economic analysis of Britain’s National Health Service.

  • Bernanke Exit Hinted by Obama Means Tapering, Feldstein Says

    President Barack Obama clearly signaled this week that Federal Reserve chairman Ben S. Bernanke will be leaving the central bank when his term ends in January and that looming departure means Bernanke will want to begin tapering asset purchases this year, said Harvard University economics professor Martin Feldstein.

  • Feldstein Poised to Secure Victory Over Euro as Trichet Departs a Crisis

    Harvard University Professor Martin Feldstein, who predicted in 1998 that the euro would prove an “economic liability,” said the single currency will survive for now, even as he bets Greece quits within a year.

  • IMF’s Blanchard Says He’s ‘Not at All Worried’ by U.S. Inflation

    Olivier Blanchard, the International Monetary Fund’s chief economist, said he isn’t worried about an increase in U.S. inflation and those who fear a short-term jump in prices are “plain wrong.”

  • Obamacare Competition Has Roots in Economist’s Passion

    Millions of Americans will take advantage of economist Leemore Dafny’s research on competition when they enroll in a new system this fall to buy health insurance.

  • Feldstein Says U.S. Fixing Cliff May Not Avoid Recession

    Harvard University economics professor Martin Feldstein said the U.S. economy may fall into a recession next year even if Congress and President Barack Obama avert the full brunt of the so-called fiscal cliff.

  • Harvard’s Feldstein Sees Slow Growth While Doubting Fed Easing

    U.S. economic growth may not top 2 percent this year and a third round of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve would have little effect, said Martin Feldstein, a professor of economics at Harvard University.

  • Paulson Bid to Resurrect Reputation Hurt by Gold Gone Bad

    On a conference call with investors last month, billionaire John Paulson boasted that one of his biggest hedge funds would have been up 15 percent this year -- if only he hadn’t owned gold stocks.

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