These options were discussed in August and “we will continue to consider these and other pertinent issues...at our meeting in September.”
“The Fed is not prepared to act at this point, but kept a bias to ease in place,” said Peter Hooper, chief economist at Deutsche Bank.
But Bernanke refrained, saying it was unclear how recent stock market weakness, debt-ceiling negotiations and the European debt crisis had impacted the economy.
“It is difficult to judge by how much these developments have affected economic activity thus far, but it seems little doubt that they have hurt household and business confidence and that they pose ongoing risks to growth,” Bernanke said.
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