Live Webcast Of Bernanke Testimony To Senate

Tyler Durden's picture

At 10 am Eastern the Chairman will go before Senate to deliver his agency's semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to lawmakers. Tomorrow he will do the same before the House. Speaking before the Senate Banking Committee, Bernanke will face questions about the nation's current economic situation.  He is also likely to field lawmaker's comments on how the nation's economy will be impacted by sequestration. Perhaps someone will inquire about the Fed's exit plans, but that is unlikely as there are none. Perhaps someone else will inquire what Bernanke's closing print target for the S&P and the EURUSD are. We, and numerous GETCO synthetic momentum algos, are looking forward to both.


Watch it live at C-Span-3 link after the jump.


Summing it all up:

Inflation 11, Risk 10, Debt 9, Cost 9, Balance Sheet 5, Benefit 3, Gas Prices 1,
Exit 1, Unicorns 0


Full bernanke speech:


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fuu's picture

Fuck you Bernanke!

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Let the mummer's farce begin!

I think I need to buy a gun's picture

who's in the starting rotation today against bernanke,,,,,no knuckleballs please just straight beer league softballs

hedgeless_horseman's picture



I love you
You love me
This is co-de-pend-en-cy.

The third option is for the Federal Reserve to create credit to pay the bills Congress runs up. Nobody objects, and most Members hope that deficits don't really matter if the Fed accommodates Congress by creating more money. Besides, interest payments to the Fed are lower than they would be if funds were borrowed from the public, and payments can be delayed indefinitely merely by creating more credit out of thin air to buy U.S. treasuries. No need to soak the rich. A good deal, it seems, for everyone. But is it?


The “tax” is paid when prices rise as the result of a depreciating dollar. Savers and those living on fixed or low incomes are hardest hit as the cost of living rises. Low- and middle-incomes families suffer the most as they struggle to make ends meet while wealth is literally transferred from the middle class to the wealthy. Government officials stick to their claim that no significant inflation exists, even as certain necessary costs are skyrocketing and incomes are stagnating.


I think I need to buy a gun's picture

how about steve leisman? will he get to throw a pitch today?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I'd love to whack a liner right off his pasty dome.

smlbizman's picture

meanwhile in the metals market.........right on schedule...whom could have possibly know?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

If this keeps up, I might be able to afford more sooner than anticipated. 

derek_vineyard's picture

Change the channel to 'the price is right'.

Joe Davola's picture

Can we make a trade:  chicks don't have to fight in the army if we can banish the male spokesmodels.

fuu's picture

Ben has a belt and 2 pairs of suspenders. Also he thinks we should get rid of deflation.

Xibalba's picture

When shit gets real, you have to LIE through your beard

espirit's picture

Unless Bernanke's testimony is something like SEC porn...

I'm not wasting my time.

smlbizman's picture

this is like watching those red bull events....where the first guy flys off the peir into the water, than the next and next all with the same result...except i am sure the only differences between those redbull dudes and benny and the inkjets is the redbulls  know they cant fly.....

Joe Davola's picture

Can one of our gutless 'representatives' ask him what will replace the retirement wealth illusion from rising stocks when the scavenger in thief forces everyone's 401k's into t-bonds.  Oh right, that's how he's going to unwind the private coalition that issues our currency's bond holdings.  I've got to replenish my liquor cabinet soon!

RockyRacoon's picture

He just called Corker a liar.   We now have a fully developed Baghdad Bob on our hands.  I can visualize him standing outside the smoking remains of the Federal Reserve building telling us how great things are -- while in the background the homelss stand around barrels burning bundles of 100 dollar bills for warmth.

wisefool's picture

That was yucky. All he had to do was say "Lehman Brothers or AIG." Or any idiot who is going to get hauled off to prison to pay for "The debt held by the people including the federal reserve" + "the unfunded liabilities, which is our promises we made to people (see also IRS)" + "Well Fannie, freddie and sallie are not debts per say, they are garentees, but yeah, we tell our IRS agents to get it all and let God sort it out"

mayhem_korner's picture



Liesman is in the closet, polishing his stinger to the sound of the Bernank's voice.  This speech is going to ramp everything out of the mudpit...and then set the stage for a real ugly dogfight later in the week.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"I hate you, you hate me, this is a codependency..."  Fixed it for ya.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Sorry guys, but when I look at the 4-year chart of the S&P, all I'm seeing is up up up. When, and ONLY when, I see that chart going down, will I change my outlook for stocks.

francis_sawyer's picture



- The DJIA had a low [in Dec 2008] of 8148 & a high of 8934... Making a median of 8541

- The DJIA, now, is 13845

- The median price of gasoline in Dec 2008 [nationwide] was $1.65

- The EIA 'projects' the median price of gasoline for the rest of 2013 to be $3.57


BLOW ME you cocksucking sycophant moron

PS ~ How are you doing with that 'double dip' you took on Facebook at $30?

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

That's because of speculators, moron. What free marketers don't understand is that if you regulate the speculators, gas prices will fall and stocks will rise even more.

francis_sawyer's picture

are you running for Congress in 2014?, or just trying to get a job on CNBC?

FL_Conservative's picture

You didn't know?  MDB is Steve LIESman.

francis_sawyer's picture

That explains alot ~ But all I really wonder about this:


To get his beard so neatly trimmed, does Bernanke use the SUCK KUT

Or, does he actually have to look at his own image in the mirror & say "I SUCK"? 

espirit's picture

On a more serious note, everytime I hover my mouse pointer over Tylers avatar, it looks like he's showing the finger.

Now, where are those configuration options...

LawsofPhysics's picture

You want to end speculation.  Go ahead and make margins 100% motherfucker.  Make everyone take delivery, then who will you blame for the rising cost of food and fuel you ignorant shit?  Wages matter, the vast major of folks don't have any investment in the casio, they depend on wages, period.

Tell me MDB, what's the "price" of something that you need to survive but that I refuse to sell or that is not available at all?  You eCONomic theories are not based in reality, supply lines have very real and very finite inputs and the world is tired of paper promises.

FL_Conservative's picture

Bet you said the same thing in 2005 about real estate prices, you douchebag.

ydderf1950's picture

Check the value of the dollar dickhead

Imminent Crucible's picture

Yeah, Bogus, the 4 year SPX chart is up. In fact, it looks EXACTLY like the SPX chart from 2003 to 2007. By the time you "change your outlook", it will mean you dinked around until your gains are gone and you realize it wasn't time to "buy the dip". Because BTFD means Buy The Fed's Depression.

redpill's picture

Take a shot for each mention of inflation being well contained.

krispkritter's picture

There's 30% less alcohol in my alcohol and it costs 40% more! WTF!

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Use two glasses and drink them at half-speed.

See?  No inflation.

mayhem_korner's picture



My scotch is made with horse meat.  Helluva kick, I tell you.

espirit's picture

I always seem to be face down in the grass whispering "moo".

Nothing To See Here's picture

And another shot for each suggestion that QE may end at some point in the near or distant future...

Dr Paul Krugman's picture

He and the Fed are just doing the job Congress asks them to do.

krispkritter's picture

Fuck you Krugman! (sorry, had to get that off my chest)

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Paul, you must mean: "He and the Fed are just doing the job Congress asks them to do.  And given the Prime Directive of the Fed's crypto-shareholders and their goals".  There, fixed it for you.  Always remember the think or say "and to increase the value of the shareholders", and you won't stray far.  ;-)

Dr Paul Krugman's picture

The Fed is an independent establishment that uses the science of economics to determine proper monetary policy.

Rusty Trombone's picture

That's fucking IT  Krugman !   We let sit at the adult's table once , and you come out with this shit.  Get back to your glory hole.

yogibear's picture

How independent is it when it's the governments enabler to print to infinity? This Fed is political. Unlike the fed of the past it lacks integrity. Bernanke perjured himself when he testified that he wasn't monetizing debt.

The Fed will continue monetize until the US dollar collapses to pacify the politicians in DC and Wall Street.

Dr Paul Krugman's picture

You are using the term "monetizing" too loosely.  Bernanke is using the tools he has to stabolize the economy, and he is purchasing bonds.  When they come due, yes, he gets the priciple, and then he is able to reinvest.  WHen we have a recovery, then he will unwind his positions, but we are far away from a recovery, and so the Fed needs to continue with its easy monetary policy, less we wind up in a worse spot then we are in currently.

tarsubil's picture

What does he use to buy the bonds? Where does that come from?

Dr Paul Krugman's picture

The Fed is in charge of regulating the money supply, and that is how he makes the purchases.

tarsubil's picture

He uses regulations to buy bonds? Regulations actually serve as legal tender in Washington?

TBT or not TBT's picture

Sure. Mandate this, ordain that, without funding it. Just fund enforcement of it. Coercion. Make people do things you want or stop them doing things. Little money is needed. You do need "gun" control though.