Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke delivered a much-anticipated speech on Friday, August 27, 2010. There was no reason to think this talk would be more or less important than his other talks except for the degree of hysteria whipped up by the media in advance.
Bernanke was addressing an audience of fellow central bankers and their camp followers at an annual gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There have been memorable comments at these late summer getaways, such as, in 2005, when past-Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman Alan Blinder claimed then-current-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan might be the “greatest central banker who ever lived.”
But Ben Bernanke said nothing new. The post-mortem analysis of the world’s most influential central banker can be reduced to four of his claims from Jackson Hole:
1 – “The issue at this stage is not whether we have the tools to help support economic activity and guard against disinflation.” [Because the economy is noodling along - #4, below.]
2 – “A… policy option, which has been proposed by a number of economists, would have the Committee increase its medium-term inflation goals above levels consistent with price stability.”
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