Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke. AP Photo/Dennis CookWith Congress getting set to consider President Obama's $447 billion job-creation package, there's another chance for an economic boost on the horizon that isn't getting as much attention. Next week, Federal Reserve board policymakers will meet to mull whether to launch a new program of bond buying, or other measures designed to loosen credit and jolt the economy.
Forecasters differ on whether the Fed will act. On Wednesday, Macroeconomic Advisers, a leading economic consulting firm, predicted that the central bank will essentially stand pat. It's already making smaller bond purchases, and the firm thinks it'll stick with that program for now.Read More »from Will Fed announce new stimulus push next week?