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Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says that newly revealed details about the Fed's bank bailout were kept secret to prevent a stigma against banks that took part.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says that newly revealed details about the Fed's bank bailout were kept secret to prevent a stigma against banks that took part.
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The Federal Reserve's policy-making committee begins a key two-day meeting on Tuesday, as the U.S. and global economies show new signs of trouble. The Fed, like all central banks, is wary of trying to stimulate the economy in anticipation of a slowdown that may or may not materialize. But investors are expecting some sort of monetary booster shot, and "while the Fed hates being held hostage by market expectations, we doubt it will be prepared to disappoint global investors this week," says Lou Crandall, chief economist at Wrightson ICAP.

 

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