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Bernanke's Dilemma
Warnock, Francis E. Case GEM-0111 / Published February 22, 2013 / 29 pages.
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At what point in the tepid recovery from the global financial crisis should the Fed take a major step in normalizing U.S. monetary policy by greatly reducing its holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds? Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke faced this question in Spring 2013, even as he was concerned that the U.S. economy was still on a weak footing. Suitable for both core and elective MBA courses in global financial markets and international finance, this case examines the risks associated with a policy some would consider monetizing the budget deficit. Students consider the factors behind past, current and prospective levels of U.S. long-term interest rates.


Learning Objectives

To analyze the potential path of U.S. long-term interest rates.

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  • Overview

    At what point in the tepid recovery from the global financial crisis should the Fed take a major step in normalizing U.S. monetary policy by greatly reducing its holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds? Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke faced this question in Spring 2013, even as he was concerned that the U.S. economy was still on a weak footing. Suitable for both core and elective MBA courses in global financial markets and international finance, this case examines the risks associated with a policy some would consider monetizing the budget deficit. Students consider the factors behind past, current and prospective levels of U.S. long-term interest rates.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    To analyze the potential path of U.S. long-term interest rates.