Bernanke Lost 29% of His Portfolio Value

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  1. I ain't a hater...

    ...but oh snap.

    Bernanke Lost Money as Fall in Stocks Trimmed Assets (Update1)
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    By Michael McKee and Scott Lanman

    July 28 (Bloomberg) --
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke lost money in the stock market last year as his holdings in annuities and other assets tumbled by as much as 29 percent, according to his annual financial disclosure forms.

    The filings, released by the Fed today, show Bernanke and his family owned $852,000 to $1.9 million in financial assets in 2008, down from $1.2 million to $2.5 million in 2007. The forms, published by the Office of Government Ethics, require officials to report only a range in the value of holdings.

    Bernanke’s two largest assets in both years were TIAA Traditional, recorded as an annuity, and CREF Stock Large Cap Blend, a variable annuity. While both were valued at $500,001 to $1 million in 2007, the CREF stock fund fell to a range of $250,001 to $500,000 last year, according to the documents.

    A retirement account invested in high-yield bonds at BlackRock Inc. held its value in a range of $15,001 to $50,000, and a BlackRock large-cap fund remained in the $1,001 to $15,000 range.

    The funds were run by Merrill Lynch & Co. when Bernanke invested in them. Merrill merged them with BlackRock, and the funds were renamed, in 2007. As widely held mutual funds, they are exempt from regulations barring the Fed chairman, and other members of the Fed board, from owning stock in institutions involved in banking or finance.

    The central bank hired BlackRock last year to manage billions of dollars in assets it acquired in the rescue of Bear Stearns Cos. and the bailout of American International Group Inc.

    Holdings Sold

    The disclosure forms show Bernanke sold most or all of his holdings in Canadian Treasury bonds. They were valued in 2008 at between zero and $1,001. In 2007 he reported their worth at between $50,001 and $100,000.

    Bernanke, 55, who succeeded Alan Greenspan as chairman in 2006, received a salary of $191,300 in 2008, an amount set by Congress.

    A former economics professor at Princeton University in New Jersey, Bernanke received between $50,001 and $100,000 in royalties for a textbook he wrote, published by Pearson, Inc. The range was unchanged from his prior filing.

    A second textbook, published by McGraw-Hill Cos., earned Bernanke between $100,001 and $1,000,000 in royalties, up from $50,001 to $100,000 in 2007. The royalties were his biggest sources of income after his salary.

    Bernanke reported no liabilities, individual stocks, gifts or travel expenses in last year’s filing.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Michael McKee in New York at
    Last Updated: July 28, 2009 17:13 EDT
  2. Daal


    Bernanke would say he got lucky and he is no evidence individuals can beat the market
  3. the1


    He obviously hasn't met me. After all, I am <b>the1.</b> :D

    I crushed the market last year. Ahead of it by 11 points this year :mad:

  4. I thought the Fed chairman was limited in what he can do as an investor. I'm sure if Ben had made 100% last year, he'd still be hanging from the Washington Monument by his balls.
  5. Bernanke has millions upon millions more in Swiss and Cyprus banks. This is pocket change to him.