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Paul Volcker

Paul Volcker
Paul A. Volcker served two terms as Federal Reserve chairman under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. While some of Volcker's policies during that time, including rapid increases in interest rates, were considered unpopular, he is credited with helping tame the United States' inflation problems of the 1970s.

Following his leadership role in the Fed, Volcker had been tapped in 2004 to research possible corruption in the United Nations Oil for Food Program. Volcker's latest appointment comes as chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President-elect Barack Obama.

Born in 1927 in Cape May, N.J., Volcker earned a bachelor's degree from Princet...
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Paul A. Volcker served two terms as Federal Reserve chairman under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. While some of Volcker's policies during that time, including rapid increases in interest rates, were considered unpopular, he is credited with helping tame the United States' inflation problems of the 1970s.

Following his leadership role in the Fed, Volcker had been tapped in 2004 to research possible corruption in the United Nations Oil for Food Program. Volcker's latest appointment comes as chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President-elect Barack Obama.

Born in 1927 in Cape May, N.J., Volcker earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a master's from the Harvard University Graduate School of Public Administration. Before leading the Federal Reserve, he served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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Top Paul Volcker Articles

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  • Volcker: Time to curb big banks' high-risk trading

     
    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker today reiterated his call for the government to restrict the nation???s mega-banks from risky trading activities with their own capital. That idea is bound to aggravate the banks, which can profit mightily by...
  • A big bear turns bull. But what is the true 'contrarian' view these days?

     
    No one chronicled this decade's debt-fueled economic/market bubble, and its subsequent cataclysmic pop, more eloquently than Jim Grant of Grant's Interest Rate Observer newsletter in New York. To Wall Street (and Main Street) bears, Grant has long held...
  • TV Talk Shows: 'Tavis Smiley' welcomes filmmaker Michael Moore.

     
    Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 27 - Oct. 3 in PDF format This week's TV Movies The Early Show J4 performs. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Barbra Streisand; Jillian Michaels; Richard Kind. (N) 7......
  • Wednesday's Talk Shows: Oprah welcomes Chris Rock.

     
    Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 27 - Oct. 3 in PDF format This week's TV Movies The Early Show Chef Kathie Lee Joel; author Byron Pitts ('Step Out on Nothing'). (N) 7 a.m. KCBS......
  • Two key votes to break up the megabanks

     
    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker has been arguing for the breakup of the biggest banks to make sure history doesn’t repeat. Current Bank of England Gov. Mervyn King now is endorsing the same idea. But the U.S. and British......
  • Buy gold at these prices? Two views

     
    Gold, which hit a record high of $1,072 an ounce in mid-October, made a run at that level in Asian trading on Tuesday, reaching $1,066.90 an ounce before pulling back. The metal had jumped $13.70 to $1,053.40 in New York......
  • Obama: looking for a 'post-bubble' recovery after pulling economy back from brink (text here)

     
    President Obama convened an economic round table discussion at the White House today to figure out how to put more jobs into the economy and sustain the recovery. His statement is below, as provided by the White House. -- Johanna......
  • 'I'm sorry' Citigroup was ever born, co-founder says

     
    John Reed, the co-founder of Citigroup, now wants to apologize for creating that monster -- which has become one of the biggest taxpayer-supported casualties of the financial-system crash. In an interview with Bloomberg News, the 70-year-old Reed says...
  • Hurt us and you hurt the planet, Goldman Sachs CEO says

     
    The best defense is a good offense, or so the old line goes. That seems to be the playbook at the moment for Goldman Sachs Group CEO Lloyd Blankfein. To many Americans, Goldman has become the preeminent symbol of Wall......
  • Rate inflation continues for home loans

     
    Mortgage rates are continuing their creep upward into the 5% range -- a trend that well may choke off the refi boom of late 2009 and provide a test for the real strength of the home lending market in 2010.......
  • How to avoid another financial crisis, from a man who made a fortune off the last one

     
    The big bank chiefs got most of the press on the first day of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission's inaugural hearings on Wednesday. Too bad. If you want to quickly understand why we had to have a crisis in the......