A Term at the Fed: An Insider's View by Laurence H. Meyer

By Laurence H. Meyer

As a governor of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996 to 2002, Laurence H. Meyer helped make the commercial guidelines that recommended the us via the various wildest and so much tumultuous occasions in its contemporary heritage. Now, in A time period on the Fed, Governor Meyer offers an insider's view of the Fed, the choices that affected either the U.S. and global economies, and the demanding situations inherent in utilizing financial coverage to steer the economy.

When Governor Meyer used to be appointed by means of President Clinton to serve at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 1996, the us used to be getting into probably the most filthy rich classes in its background. It was once the time of ''irrational exuberance'' and the fabled New economic system. quickly, in spite of the fact that, the economic system used to be demonstrated via the Asian monetary obstacle, the Russian default and devaluation, the cave in of long term Capital administration, the bursting of America's inventory bubble, and the terrorist assaults of 9/11.

In what quantities to a definitive playbook of economic coverage, Meyer now relives the Fed's closed-door debates -- debates that puzzled how financial coverage may still adapt to the potential of a brand new financial system, how the Fed should still reply to hovering fairness costs, and even if the Fed should still dealer the debatable inner most zone bailout of LTCM, between different concerns. Meyer deftly weaves those concerns with firsthand tales concerning the personalities concerned, from Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan to a number of the staffers, governors, politicians, and newshounds that populate the area of the Fed.

Since the tip of his time period, Meyer has endured to monitor the Fed and the area financial system. He believes that we're witnessing a repetition of a few of the occasions of the striking Nineties -- together with one other acceleration in productiveness and maybe one other bull industry. background doesn't repeat itself, but Meyer exhibits us how the teachings discovered the day past will help the Fed form coverage today.

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Others around the table disagreed with the first group of Reserve Bank presidents. President Edward Boehne of the Philadelphia Fed, for one, noted that inflation was in fact falling, not rising. The Committee needed to be “watchful,” he said, but didn’t need to tighten rates at this meeting. Presidents Jack Guynn of Atlanta and Jerry Jordan of Cleveland agreed. While the presidents begin the outlook go-around, the order of presentations is otherwise set through what I call the “wink” system. When a Committee member wants to make his presentation, he winks at the deputy secretary, who then puts the member on the list, in the order of the winks.

I suspect we’ve all had moments when our response to a particular situation could change our lives and careers. This seemed like one of those moments to me. I could have said: Joe, I have heard of the NBA, the PTA, and CPAs, but CRA—I don’t have a clue. But then, I figured, I would still be a professor of economics at Washington University and an economic forecaster. Not a bad life, to be sure, but I was already seeing myself on the Board of Governors. Or I could have said: Joe, I am with you 100%—and figure out later what I had committed myself to.

I was getting used to it. Even the guards began to call me by my new name. I was Governor Meyer now. I parked in the governors’ parking garage, rode the governors’ elevator, and worked on the governors’ floor. My last decision was whether or not to ask for someone from the pool of talented Fed staffers—whose specialties spanned from economics to the regulatory and supervisory issues related to banking— A TERM AT T H E 29 FED to be assigned directly to me or to rely on the senior staff for my research and other needs.

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