| Oct 7, 2014
| 8:31 PM
An unidentified lender rejected Ben S. Bernanke's request to refinance the loan on his Washington, D.C., house, but the former chairman of the Federal Reserve could easily have found a deal elsewhere had he looked around, mortgage experts said.
| Oct 7, 2014
| 12:46 PM
The account by former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke of how he couldn't refinance his Washington townhouse seemed the perfect example of mortgage lending standards that many complain are too tight.
Lending experts, though, said Bernanke's...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 5:14 PM
The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson said in U.S. court Monday.
The $85-billion loan package extended to AIG — then...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 12:15 PM
Janet L. Yellen made history this year when she became the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, but most Americans apparently didn't notice.
Just 24% correctly identified her as the central bank's chair in results of a nationwide poll released...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 3:16 PM
It was widely noticed two weeks ago that the Standard & Poor's 500 index, the most important stock market indicator, hit a milestone by crossing 2,000 for the first time.
It was somewhat less widely noticed that on that day, you would have notched a...
| Jul 17, 2014
There is a point at which firmness of conviction becomes obstinacy, and there is a point at which obstinacy becomes comedy. The latter was on spectacular view the other day when a prominent inflation hawk self-destructed on national TV.
| Jun 18, 2014
| 6:16 PM
The Federal Reserve seemed to give investors and the business world just about everything they wanted to hear.
The Fed endorsed the view that the sharp contraction in the first quarter was a blip: The economy has rebounded from the weather-related...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 3:42 PM
David Brat, who scored a huge political upset with his primary election defeat of House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is a conservative Tea Party Republican and a college professor who has written about the role of religion in economic...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 11:02 AM
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has a stubborn warning light blinking on her labor market dashboard: A group of Americans larger than Washington state's population can find only part-time work.
As Yellen heads to this week's Fed symposium in...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 4:56 PM
If Ohio's senior senator were named Sharon Brown instead of Sherrod Brown, progressives would have a plausible political pin-up and a serious alternative to the tawdry boredom of Hillary Clinton's joyless plod toward her party's presidential nomination....
| Dec 25, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Wrapping up the year in one column is tough, but let's give it a try. Although the financial industry likes to think that the center of the universe is located somewhere between lower Manhattan and the hedge fund enclave of Greenwich, CT, most of 2013 was...