Vital Signs: Bernanke Goes to the Hill

On deck: Congressional testimony by the Fed Chairman, March readings on employment and activity in the manufacturing and services sectors

The markets will have a lot to absorb this week. Perhaps most important, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke goes up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning to testify before the Joint Economic Committee on the economic outlook. It's his first public appearance since the collapse of Bear Stearns (BSC) and the Fed’s Mar. 18 rate cut. Bernanke will have an opportunity to explain more fully the Fed’s latest innovative policy moves and its decisions on the handling of the mess at Bear.

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