Obama hints Bernanke likely to leave Fed in January

WASHINGTON

During an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose that aired Monday, Obama said Bernanke has "already stayed a lot longer than he wanted or he was supposed to." Obama also said Bernanke has done "an outstanding job."

Obama's comments came in response to a question that touched on whether he would reappoint Bernanke to a third four-year term.

Bernanke is widely expected to make this his last term. The speculation intensified when Bernanke said through a spokesman in April that he would skip the Fed's annual August conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Janet Yellen, the Fed's vice-chair, is considered a front-runner to succeed Bernanke.

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