The experience, qualifications, liberal view and position of Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen make her the obvious choice to head the central bank if Chairman Ben Bernanke leaves at the end of his term, according to The Economist. "She has held two other spots on the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC): as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and, in the 1990s, as a governor," the magazine notes.

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