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Possible successors to Bernanke

By Laurie Bennett

April 2, 2013 at 7:39am

Whither the Fed in 2014?

As the Economist points out, current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hasn’t said whether he’ll leave at the end of his term, on Jan. 31.

No one could blame him for wanting a change of scenery after a grueling eight years in the job.

Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke

Our map above shows leading candidates for the job, led by Vice Chair Janet Yellen.

By definition, the world of central banking is centralized, with the leading contenders having many connections to one another and to the Fed, the Treasury Department, the Federal Open Market Committee and the International Monetary Fund.

In addition to Yellen, two others on the list, Donald Kohn and Roger Ferguson, served as deputies to Bernanke.

Larry Summers and Tim Geithner are former Treasury secretaries. At the bottom of the Economist list are Alan Krueger and Jeremy Stein, who both held lower posts at Treasury.

Double-click on any name in the map to see more connections.

The list, of course, is merely a snapshot. Biographies and economies can shift dramatically over the next nine months.

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