In a departure from previous Federal Reserve chiefs, Ben Bernanke will follow the central bank's policy meeting next week by answering journalists' questions. The move is part of Bernanke's effort to increase transparency of the central bank. Confidence in the Fed has been shaken by the global financial crisis and economic downturn. Bernanke now faces internal disagreement. By answering questions, Bernanke will have the opportunity to assert his voice over those of other Fed officials.
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