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U of I Prof Explains Fed

Posted: Monday, December 7th, 2009 at 6:29 am
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The U.S. Senate is in the process of deciding whether Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke deserves as second term. What is the Federal Reserve? What does it do? University of Iowa Economics Professor says the Fed can be best described as the “banker’s bank.” He says it’s responsible for the conduct of monetary policy and supervision of financial institutions. Whiteman says it can be thought of as “an older brother” that waits to step in when the “younger siblings gets into trouble.”