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Alan Greenspan

Data de nascimento: 6. Março 1926


Alan Greenspan é um economista norte-americano e foi de 11 de agosto de 1987 até 31 de janeiro de 2006 presidente do Sistema de Reserva Federal dos Estados Unidos. Após sua aposentadoria, aceitou o cargo honorário no departamento do tesouro britânico.

Inicialmente apontado para o cargo pelo presidente Ronald Reagan em 1987 em substituição a Paul Volcker, foi reencaminhado ao posto por quatro vezes até sua aposentadoria em 31 de janeiro de 2006, quando foi sucedido por Ben Bernanke.

Citações Alan Greenspan

„I was intellectually limited until I met her.“

— Alan Greenspan
Context: It did not go without notice that Ayn Rand stood beside me as I took the oath of office in the presence of President Ford in the Oval Office. Ayn Rand and I remained close until she died in 1982, and I'm grateful for the influence she had on my life. I was intellectually limited until I met her. Chapter Two, "The Making of an Economist", p. 52.


„It was the failure to properly price such risky assets that characterized the crisis.“

— Alan Greenspan
Context: Much of the securitization took the form of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) with senior credit tranches certified by rating agencies as AAA. It was the failure to properly price such risky assets that characterized the crisis. "Epilogue", p. 512.

„I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant“

— Alan Greenspan
Attributed to Greenspan by Rupert Cornwell, "Alan Greenspan: The buck starts here", The Independent, 27 April 2003, citing an unspecified Capitol Hill hearing. However, as Ralph Keyes notes in The Quote Verifier (2006, p. 233), "This popular tongue twister gets attributed to the obfuscator du jour." The earliest known print attribution is to Robert McCloskey, U.S. State Department spokesman, by Marvin Kalb, CBS reporter, in TV Guide, 31 March 1984, citing an unspecified press briefing during the Vietnam war. Earlier attributions include: "a high government official", Annual Report, North American Gas Tax Conference, Federation of Tax Administrators, 1967; Jerry Lewis (a sign pasted on the camera during a movie shoot), by Dick Kleiner, Hollywood Correspondent, Sumter Daily Item, Feb. 4, 1970; a sign on the desk of Suzanne Schroeder, collector of bureaucratic gobbledygook, AP wire story, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 3, 1973; Jack Nicklaus paraphrasing Richard Nixon, by Larry Dorman, The Palm Beach Post, Dec. 8, 1979; and "a Hollywood film director", by J.D. Douglas, The Third Way, 29 December 1977. Additionally, a thesis monograph by Michael David Katz, Georgia State University, 1973 is titled with the quote. On the back of the first Stealers Wheel album, a very similar statement attributed to band member Rod Coombes is found: "We know that you believe you understand what you think we said, but we are not sure you realize that what you heard is not what we meant." The album was released in 1972. See Richard Nixon: "Now, when individuals read the entire transcript of the [March] 21st [1973] meeting, or hear the entire tape, where we discussed all these options, they may reach different interpretations, but I know what I meant, and I know also what I did"

„We are going through a period with no precedent in American history.“

— Alan Greenspan
quoted in "The Hand on the Lever" in The New Yorker (July 21, 2014) by Nicholas Lemann

„Greenspan doesn't get out of bed before examining the political consequences.“

— Alan Greenspan
Michael Lewis (2/05/04, Bloomberg News)


„I really didn't get it until very late in 2005 and 2006.“

— Alan Greenspan
Reuters (13 September 2007), " Greenspan says didn't see subprime storm brewing".

„Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholder's equity – myself especially – are in a state of shocked disbelief.“

— Alan Greenspan
cited in: Quotes of 2008: 'We are in a state of shocked disbelief', Jan 01, 2009.


„But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over the past decade?“

— Alan Greenspan
Francis Boyer Lecture of The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C., December 5, 1996

„[He is] one of the biggest political hacks we have in Washington.“

— Alan Greenspan
Harry Reid, March 2005.

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