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Who is the biggest clown of the Credit Crisis? Vote now!

Thanks to @centrifugen I came across a poll on a Swedish site: who is the biggest clown of the Credit Crisis?


Thought we should have our voice heard so please cast your vote here: http://www.asymptotix.eu/content/who-biggest-clown-credit-crisis

Bernanke Set To Kick Off New Year With Monetary Policy Prognosis

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is wasting no time talking about the economy and monetary policy in the new year. Bernanke will be testifying before the Senate Budget Committee on both monetary and fiscal policy Friday morning. He will also have comments and likely take questions about fiscal policy, but the main focus of financial markets will be what the Fed chief has to say about the recent improvement in consumer spending, manufacturing and other facets of economic activity and what that implies for monetary policy.

The Business Cycle and Basel III

I have been reading an interesting synopsis of Basel 3 this week. I noted this analytic of Basle III in relation to what asymptotix has been publishing about Ben Bernanke yesterday; 

Monetary Policy Objectives and Tools in a Low-Inflation Environment 

Ben S. Bernanke - Monetary Policy Objectives and Tools in a Low-Inflation Environment - full speech 15 October 2010

The topic of this conference--the formulation and conduct of monetary policy in a low-inflation environment--is timely indeed. From the late 1960s until a decade or so ago, bringing inflation under control was viewed as the greatest challenge facing central banks around the world. Through the application of improved policy frameworks, involving both greater transparency and increased independence from short-term political influences, as well as through continued focus and persistence, central banks have largely achieved that goal. In turn, the progress against inflation increased the stability and predictability of the economic environment and thus contributed significantly to improvements in economic performance, not least in many emerging market nations that in previous eras had suffered bouts of very high inflation. Moreover, success greatly enhanced the credibility of central banks’ commitment to price stability, and that credibility further supported stability and confidence. Retaining that credibility is of utmost importance.

30-Year Government Bond Yield Near Record Low Before Central Bankers Talk

German 30-year government bond yields were near a record low on speculation Federal Reserve Governor Ben S. Bernanke will signal today his willingness to increase purchases of Treasuries. Ten-year yields were within six basis points of the lowest on record before a report forecast to show German consumer price growth stalled in August. The U.S. economy grew more slowly than initially estimated, a report from the Commerce Department will show, according to the median estimate of 81 economists in a Bloomberg survey. Bernanke is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. London time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Bernanke proposes Systemic Risk Authority

The US needs an overarching regulatory authority to prevent a repeat of risks building up unchecked across the financial system and exploding into economic crisis, Ben Bernanke said on Tuesday. He said the financial crisis, which had seen huge risks building up in lightly regulated institutions, had revealed the weakness of fragmented regulation.

“We must have a strategy that regulates the financial system as a whole, in a holistic way, not just its individual components,” he said. “In particular, strong and effective regulation and supervision of banking institutions, although necessary for reducing systemic risk, are not sufficient by themselves to achieve this aim.”

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