Last week, Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke delivered his speech from the Fed’s Jackson Hole conference, the event that helped to turn around last summer’s fear of recession. While people along the eastern seaboard lined up at stores on Friday, August 26, to buy batteries and bottled water in anticipation of the unknown ravages of hurricane Irene, gentle Ben provided no surprises to disturb the markets. Instead he provided a review of the Fed’s economic outlook and policy options already well known to market participants. The attention on the Fed was misplaced. While market participants have been demanding a response by policy makers, they are looking for that response in Europe more than in the United States.