Bernanke speech may offer clues to Fed's next step

August 31, 2012 2:42:07 AM PDT
Few expect Ben Bernanke to signal any major new action to boost the economy when the Federal Reserve Chairman speaks at a conference today.

But the U.S. economy is still struggling to break out of a slog that's kept unemployment at a painfully high 8.3 percent.

After its last policy meeting, the Fed repeated a pledge to try to boost growth if hiring remains weak.