Bernanke: Economy's getting better

Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is getting stronger, and that there had been no change in plans to start easing stimulus policies, according to media reports. 

Still, Bernanke, speaking to the annual dinner of the National Economics Club, also acknowledged that the economy had a ways to go and that the Fed would be as accommodating as it needed to be to help spur it along. 

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According to The New York Times, the Fed could start putting the brakes on its bond-buying program as soon as December. But the central bank continues to want to keep interest rates low, and would begin a moderate program of purchases if the economy continues as expected.