Bernanke plays down Jackson Hole importance

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke yesterday refused to answer questions related to his future at the Fed, the day after US President Barack Obama told a television interview that Bernanke had "already stayed a lot longer than he wanted or was supposed to".

In a press conference following the policy announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), Bernanke insisted he would not comment on his personal plans. But he did tell reporters not to read too much into his decision not to at

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