Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Photo by: Manuel Balce Ceneta

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)