What Does Ben Bernanke’s Portfolio Look Like?

by Kevin on April 21, 2008

Ben BernankeNothing like some pure speculation to get the Monday morning going. What does Ben Bernanke’s portfolio look like? What is he currently invested in?

I wonder if this sort of information is available publicly. A very powerful person in the finance world. What does his portfolio look like?

I did a Google search and the only thing I can find is a CNN Money article from a few years back. Nothing more recent. The Money article did seem to mention that he had a very plain, basic portfolio with nothing really extravagant in it. He also earns a “modest” salary in comparison to what he could earn on Wall Street.

The Federal Reserve is an interesting beast of an organization. They have government-like powers, but they aren’t a government institution. Despite not being a government institution, they carry a government domain name (federalreserve.gov).

Are there rules or laws in place to limit what the leaders of the board can invest in?

What if…

  • Ben bought Bear Sterns’ stock at $2 then allowed/encouraged the price to go to $10 per share?
  • Every time a significant change was going to happen in the interest rates that Ben bought securities that would benefit from the lower/higher rates?

There are a bunch of scenarios you could come up with that would seem quite sketchy. Anyone out there know about the “rules” for people like Ben when it comes to investing?

{ 2 comments }

Mom @ Wide Open Wallet April 21, 2008 at 10:29 am

I have no clue what the rules are, but it’s an interesting line of thought.

Brian Vree February 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

His investments are published on the federal reserve website and is open for full disclosure.

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