U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's desk sits empty after his final planned news conference before his retirement, at the Federal Reserve Bank headquarters in Washington, December 18, 2013. ... more 
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's desk sits empty after his final planned news conference before his retirement, at the Federal Reserve Bank headquarters in Washington, December 18, 2013. The U.S. Federal Reserve announced plans to trim its aggressive bond-buying program on Wednesday but sought to temper the long-awaited move by suggesting its key interest rate would stay lower for even longer than previously promised. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) less 
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Wed, Dec 18, 2013 5:20 PM EST