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Hitt og þetta 15. febrúar 2006

DJ Fed Bernanke: Current Acct Gap Can And Should Come Down

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The U.S. current account deficit "can and should come down," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday.

Responding to questions during his semiannual monetary policy report to a House of Representatives committee, Bernanke said he hopes that the record-high current account deficit will "come down in a way that I hope will not be disruptive."

Many economists are concerned that the rapid accumulation of debt as a result of the higher current account deficit could put pressure on the dollar and lead to higher interest rates.

-By Brian Blackstone; Dow Jones Newswires; 202-828-3397; brian.blackstone@dowjones.com

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