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William Poole

William Poole

Contributor since: 07 Jul 2010


William Poole is Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, Senior Economic Adviser to Merk Investments and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Delaware.

Poole retired as President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in March 2008. In that position, which he held from March 1998, he served on the Federal Reserve's main monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee. He directed the Bank's main office in St. Louis and its three branches in Memphis, Little Rock and Louisville.

  • Merk Commentary: Budget Battles Ahead

    Published 09 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    My most recent Merk commentary, published July 25, was motivated by the possibility of an impasse on the federal debt ceiling. Now that President Obama…

  • Debt Ceiling - What Now?

    Published 26 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As I write early Monday morning, it appears that the federal government is at the brink of default. The Republicans and Democrats have laid out…

  • Budget Battles Ahead

    Published 11 January 2011 | viewed 0 times

    I began writing this note on New Year's Day; the holiday season is over all too early for me as I contemplate the coming year.…

  • Fed Crossing the Line?

    Published 05 October 2010 | viewed 0 times

    New York Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) president Bill Dudley's speech Friday attracted much press attention, as it should have. His speech is correctly read, as…

  • Greek Lessons for the United States

    Published 07 July 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The Greek sovereign debt crisis has grabbed global headlines over recent weeks, and has prompted the market to scrutinize other European sovereign debt situations more…