Less than the Least

Entries from Less than the Least tagged with 'Federal Reserve'

Bernanke--Skeel

In announcing Ben Bernanke’s nomination to another term as Federal Reserve chair, President Obama said he "approached a financial system on the verge of collapse with calm and wisdom." This seems a fair characterization of Bernanke’s personal demeanor, but an odd description of...

Lehman's Demise--Skeel

The government's dance with Lehman after having bailed out Bear Stearns reminded me of a game we used to play as kids. One kid would stand in front of another and fall backwards. The idea was that the kid in...

Bear Stearns and its Shareholders--Skeel

Many of Bear Stearns’ biggest shareholders are screaming about its proposed sale to JPMorgan for $2/share. This is a good sign. It is important that shareholders bear the costs of the bank’s missteps in the subprime market. But their...