Pretty interesting stuff here from Bernanke. Two weeks ago the economy was bound to recover this year and now it’s next year….
“Mr. Chairman, I’m gonna start with a question that everyone wants me to ask: when does this end?” 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley asked Bernanke.
“It depends a lot on the financial system,” he replied. “The lesson of history is that you do not get a sustained economic recovery as long as the financial system is in crisis. We’ve seen some progress in the financial markets, absolutely. But until we get that stabilized and working normally, we’re not gonna see recovery. But we do have a plan. We’re working on it. And I do think that we will get it stabilized, and we’ll see the recession coming to an end probably this year. We’ll see recovery beginning next year. And it will pick up steam over time.”
Asked if he thinks the recession is going to end this year, Bernanke said, “In the sense that this decline will begin to moderate and we’ll begin to see leveling off. We won’t be back to full employment. But we will see, I hope, the end of these declines that have been so strong in a last couple of quarters.”
“But you wouldn’t say at this point that we’re out of the woods?” Pelley asked.
“No,” Bernanke replied. “I think the key issue is the banking system and the financial system.”