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Bernanke Backs Stimulus Plans for Economy

Fed chief wants aid package that's quick and temporary

(Newser) - Ben Bernanke insists he won’t take sides in a congressional fray over how to revive the nation’s flat-lining economy. But the Fed chief says he will support an economic stimulus package—be it GOP tax cuts or Democrats' increased spending—as long as it is quick and temporary,... More »

Fed Could Take Credit Crunch Fix to the Bank

Interest rates may drop, but deposit rates could go with them

(Newser) - If you have CDs or a savings account, you may be contributing, soon enough, to the solution to the credit market upheaval, the LA Times reports. Some investors expect the Federal Reserve to cut short-term interest rates next month, a move that could inspire banks to raise money elsewhere by... More »

Bernanke Vows to Combat Mortgage Mess

Fed ready to step in; Wall Street holds out hope for rate cuts

(Newser) - In his first comments on the subprime mortgage meltdown, Ben Bernanke today vowed the Federal Reserve “will act as needed” to contain the turmoil, preventing it from weakening the broader economy. The Fed chief pledged the central bank would “take additional actions” if necessary. “It is clear... More »

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