The Dow Jones Industrial Average is way up this a.m., and some of the credit, if you will, is going to Richard Fisher, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, who yesterday delivered a credit-crunching speech in D.C. during which he vowed that "The Fed will do whatever it needs to do to be a credible backstop in support of the credit system." Fisher, always quotable, also had this to say during his remarks to the International Institute of Finance Annual Membership Meeting. --Robert Wilonsky
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