The former Fed chairman is famous for crushing inflation. His new memoir, “Keeping At It”, reveals the attributes that made him arguably America’s greatest central banker. His common sense, distrust of economic theory and personal integrity are valuable guides to his successors.
The last in a series of essays marking the 10th anniversary of the crisis argues the ultralow rates that inflated assets and led to widespread capital misallocation, wealth inequality, financial instability and other risks in advanced economies are even more evident in China.
The subprime crisis was born from yield-chasing in the Greenspan easy-money era. Even lower interest rates since the Lehman bust revived the global carry trade. Another maelstrom will be hard to avoid.