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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Many believe the Federal Reserve contributed to the housing bubble by keeping interest rates too low for too long following the 2001 recession. Yesterday, Ben Bernanke pointed a finger at regulators, not interest rates as the guilty party responsible for reckless lending, the housing bubble and subsequent financial meltdown. The Fed now seeks greater regulatory authority. ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint The Fed basically has one tool in the shed. If inflation is detected, they could increase interest rates and slow the economy. If a slowing economy is detected, they could lower interest rates and spur the economy. Since business is reluctant to raise prices during a slowing economy, inflation and a recession  are almost always mutually exclusive. But our government has thrown another variable into the mix; a huge debt and a falling dollar. Even if world prices stay the same, the shrinking buying power of the US dollar will make it seem like inflation. Now we have a slowing economy and inflation, so what can the fed do?.... nothing. Yesterday the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged. ...

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