Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke ’s decision to hold quarterly news briefings could lead to misunderstandings regarding monetary policy, said William Poole, former president of the St. Louis Fed.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon ’s public questioning of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on bank regulatory costs has “thrown down the gauntlet” in the industry’s increasingly aggressive fight to curb higher capital requirements and other rules.
The new financial regulation law gives the Federal Reserve chairman the authority to force banks to raise capital and tighten lending -- just as he’s trying to steer monetary policy in the opposite direction.
In November 2009, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd advanced a radical proposal: to create a super-regulator that would take over most of the bank supervision that had been done by the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and other agencies.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York employees who analyze American International Group Inc.’s finances report to work each day at the New York Fed even though their supervisors are at the Treasury Department in Washington.
What should we make of the revelation last week -- courtesy of Richard Teitelbaum and Bloomberg Markets magazine -- that in July 2008 Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson shared some confidential musings with a group of plugged-in New York hedge-fund executives at the offices of Eton Park Capital Management LP?