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New Fed Chair: Ben Bernanke

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On October 24, 2005 @ 11:32 am In Economy,Inflation,Politics | Comments Disabled

Two immediate thoughts come to mind about this, one economic and one political:

1) Ben Bernanke is a safe, strong choice, sure to be liked by both the Bond and Equity markets. He has already shown a gift for Jawboning, which has evolved into a key aspect of the Fed Chair’s job. One can only hope that his infamous "printing press" comments — essentially threatening hyper-inflation as a response to Deflationary concerns — was just so much Jawboning.

2) The Fed chair replacement comes amid the tumult of the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination, the previous black eye of the FEMA chief Brown — and not even discussing the problematic appointments of the poor planning in Iraq post-War period — this is one appointment that the pro-market White House wouldn’t dream of risking on anything less than a stellar candidate, and that have one in Bernanke. We should expect an easy confirmation.

As a side note, I continue to be stunned by the breadth of the Princeton Economics department continues — not just Bernanke, but Burton G. Malkiel, Alan S. Blinder, Paul Krugman, Alan B. Krueger,  Daniel Kahneman (and I have no affiliation with Princeton).


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