Charles Evans

Fed to Launch New Bond Buying Program to Ease Fiscal Cliff Fears

With a nervous eye on the "fiscal cliff," the Federal Reserve is expected this week to announce a new bond-buying plan intended to further reduce long-term interest rates and encourage borrowing. If it succeeds, it might soften the blow from tax increases and spending cuts that will kick in in January if Congress can't reach a budget deal.

Fed's Hoenig Warns Against Further Monetary Action

Kansas City Federal Reserve President Thomas Hoenig broke ranks with some of his fellow regional Federal Reserve executives Tuesday, warning against further monetary action as a way to spur economic activity.

Chicago Fed's Evans Pitches Monetary Action While Economist Stiglitz Warns Against It

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans proposed further monetary action on the part of the Federal Reserve, including purchasing more Treasury bonds to cut the cost of borrowing, while lowering his forecast for U.S. economic growth, the Wall Street Journal reported. Meanwhile, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz warned against such a policy, saying that monetary action would wreak havoc on the foreign-exchange markets, according to Reuters.