Quotes by: Ben Bernanke

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To be sure, faster growth in nominal labor compensation does not necessarily portend higher inflation.
Ben Bernanke
If I am confirmed, I am confident that my colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee and I will maintain the focus on long-term price stability as monetary policy's greatest contribution to general economic prosperity and maximum employment.
Ben Bernanke
Our financial system is so complicated and so interactive - so many different markets in different countries and so many sets of rules.
Ben Bernanke
The Libor system is structurally flawed. It is a major problem for our financial system and for the confidence in the financial system. We need to address it.
Ben Bernanke
The Federal Reserve has always recognized the importance of allowing markets to work, and government oversight of financial firms will never be fully effective without the aid of strong market discipline.
Ben Bernanke
I don't think there are any students who should not be exposed to a basic financial literacy course.
Ben Bernanke
There will not be an automatic increase in interest rate when unemployment hits 6.5%.
Ben Bernanke
In the past, Federal Reserve chairmen have not generally gone directly to the public.
Ben Bernanke
The actions taken by central banks and other authorities to stabilize a panic in the short run can work against stability in the long run if investors and firms infer from those actions that they will never bear the full consequences of excessive risk-taking.
Ben Bernanke
The tax code is very inefficient. Both the personal tax code and the corporate tax code. By closing loopholes and lowering rates, you could increase the efficiency of the tax code and create more incentives for people to invest.
Ben Bernanke
The Federal Reserve's job is to do the right thing, to take the long-run interest of the economy to heart, and that sometimes means being unpopular. But we have to do the right thing.
Ben Bernanke
Indeed, in general, healthy investment returns cannot be sustained in a weak economy, and of course it is difficult to save for retirement or other goals without the income from a job.
Ben Bernanke
The Federal Reserve Act requires the Federal Reserve to report annually on its operations and to publish its balance sheet weekly.
Ben Bernanke
The benefit of appointing a hawkish central banker is the increased inflation-fighting credibility that such an appointment brings.
Ben Bernanke
Obviously, I haven't succeeded in defusing the political concerns about the Fed.
Ben Bernanke
No one will lend at a negative interest rate; potential creditors will simply choose to hold cash, which pays zero nominal interest.
Ben Bernanke
The central bank needs to be able to make policy without short term political concerns.
Ben Bernanke
The Depression was an incredibly dramatic episode - an era of stock-market crashes, breadlines, bank runs and wild currency speculation, with the storm clouds of war gathering ominously in the background... For my money, few periods are so replete with human interest.
Ben Bernanke
To achieve a more balanced international system over time, countries with excessive and unsustainable trade surpluses will need to allow their exchange rates to better reflect market fundamentals.
Ben Bernanke
Investment banks manage to go bankrupt through their investment-banking activities, commercial banks manage to go bankrupt through their commercial-banking activities.
Ben Bernanke
The American people are among the most productive in the world. We have the best technologies. We have great universities. We have entrepreneurs.
Ben Bernanke
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