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Bernanke Gives No Hint of Slowing Printing Presses

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke confirmed Wednesday what most people expected -- the central bank will continue its easy money policies until labor markets strengthen and the economic recovery gains real momentum.

Stock markets are anxiously awaiting any hint that Bernanke and his fellow Fed policy makers are considering winding down their massive bond buying programs and perhaps even raising interest rates.

Economists and stock market analysts alike believe there could be a sharp selloff from the record highs stock markets have reached in recent months whenever the Fed tips its hand about scaling back on bond purchases or possibly raising interest rates.

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