The Expectation Game

Recent news from the head of the FED Janet Yellen has led to an increase in confidence that interest rates will be raised. The meaning behind the potential rise of interest rates is two-sided. While some are scared and unsure about the implications of the increase, others see the positive side of what the increase actually means. In 2008 when the U.S. experienced the Great Recession, the FED dropped the interest rate to zero. By dropping the rate to zero, the FED intended to get the economy back on its feet. More than 6 years later the rate has barely Continue reading The Expectation Game

Fed Chair Zero Bound

Janet Yellen—recently nominated to be the next Chairperson the Federal Reserve—is certainly breaking new ground. If her nomination is confirmed by the senate, she will be the first woman to lead the institution in its history. Her likely rise is especially significant in the field of central banking. According to CNN,12 of the world’s 160 central banks, only about 6%, had female governors last year. But although her gender shatters the historical norm of Fed chairs, she also carries on a curious pattern in that office—through her stature. It seems that our head central bankers keep getting smaller and smaller. Paul Continue reading Fed Chair Zero Bound