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Bernanke's prospects? Many economists bet he'll go

8:20 PM, Feb. 15, 2013
A survey of economists predicts that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, foreground left, will step down when his second four-year term ends next January.
A survey of economists predicts that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, foreground left, will step down when his second four-year term ends next January.
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke presided over an economic boom, a recession and a slow recovery. Will he stay to nurse the economy back to vigorous health?

Not likely, say many economists. Two out of three in a USA Today survey predict the nation's most famous economist will step down when his second four-year term ends next January.

Bernanke, 59, hasn't revealed his intentions publicly. Nor has President Obama, who would have to renominate him for a third term. But after he steered the U.S. economy through the worst crisis since the Great Depression, top economists who follow the Fed ...

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