A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 31, 2013
Fed Whisperer

Jon Hilsenrath reports on the Federal Reserve for The Wall Street Journal. Because Hilsenrath has many sources within the Federal Reserve, his nickname became the “Fed Whisperer”—someone who must be read for whispers of what the Federal Reserve will do next. The nickname “Fed Whisperer” has been cited in print since at least March 2012.

Although the nickname has applied almost exclusively to Hilsenrath, it is possible that other reporters—or a reporter who follows him in the position—can also have the nickname “Fed Whisperer.”


The Wall Street Journal—Wealth Manager blog
March 5, 2012, 7:15 AM
The Good Leads
By Josh Brown
Goldie and Merrill on the prospects for QE3, and some color from Fed Whisperer Jon Hilsenrath.  (CalculatedRisk)

Twitter
Matt O’Brien‏
@ObsoleteDogma
Fed-whisperer Jon Hilsenrath says not to expect anything new. But pay attention to their forecasts for a clue. http://on.wsj.com/I5l81Q
8:40 AM - 23 Apr 12

Silver for the People
The Fed Whispers Sweet Nothings to Gold & Silver
resourceinvestor.com / BY ERIC MCWHINNIE / June 7, 2012
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Wednesday, gold and silver are climbed higher once again as the Wall Street Journal reported that the Fed is considering more action amid recovery doubts. Fed Whisperer Jon Hilsenrath writes, “Fed policy makers could take a small precautionary measure, like extending for a short period its ‘Operation Twist’ program, in which the Fed is selling short-term securities and using the proceeds to buy long-term securities. Or, policy makers could take bolder action such as launching another large round of bond purchases if they become convinced of a significant slowdown.”

Reuters—Counterparties (on Tumblr)
August 24 (?), 2012
The CBO as Hilsenrath-like Fed whisperer
This line, somewhat buried in the CBO’s latest report on economic and fiscal outlook, seems to think QE3 is a damn near certain: ...

Break and Crush
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The FED whisperer
Everybody is nervous at the Federal Reserve. They know how important is today´s guest, so they want everything to look pretty and perfect. Who is coming today? Well, it´s easy to know, the keynesian Messiah, Mr. Paul Krugman. The workers are disposed in the hall and in the corridors as a guard of honour, clapping their hands and making reverences.

Minyanville
Pre-Market Primer: Retail Sales Unexpectedly Rise; Fed Looks for the Exit
By Vincent TrivettMay 13, 2013 9:03 am
Reports show that the Fed might wind down its level of monetary stimulus
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Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal‘s Jon Hilsenrath, nicknamed the “Fed Whisperer,” reported that the Federal Reserve is already making plans to wind down its $85 billion monthly asset purchase.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Friday, May 31, 2013 • Permalink