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Ex-Fed chief Bernanke back as blogger

Ben Bernanke is returning to public debate over economic policy with the launch of his own blogFormer US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke returned to public debate over economic policy Monday with the launch of his own blog, a year after leaving the Fed. “Now that I’m a civilian again, I can once more comment on economic and financial issues without my words being put under the microscope by Fed watchers,” Bernanke said on the blog, hosted by his new home the Brookings Institution, the Washington think tank. Bernanke, who led the Fed through the worst economic crisis in the country since the 1930s, launched in to a discussion that dogged him in his last years, the impact of ultra-low interest rates on the income of retirees on interest on their savings. “When I was chairman, more than one legislator accused me and my colleagues on the Fed’s policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee of ‘throwing seniors under the bus'” by keeping rates low, he said.

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