Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is preparing for a most sensitive task: telling jittery investors who have grown accustomed to the U.S. central bank’s ultra-easy monetary policies that things will eventually have to change.
Bernanke appears committed to the Fed’s bond-buying stimulus right now. But the unprecedented communications challenge of laying groundwork for a shift in policy, while still assuring investors that rates will continue to stay low, could come in just a few months if the U.S. recovery continues apace.
In speeches around the country, other Fed officials have already begun discussing the eventual reversal of some of the most supportive policies the United States has ever seen.
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