In the debate among Federal Reserve policymakers over when and how the U.S. central bank will pull back from its massive bond-buying stimulus, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s voice matters most. But his is far from the only one. Eighteen other policymakers also take part in the Fed’s policy discussions, and Bernanke has a track record of listening to them.
The Fed may offer more clarity on its intentions after its next policy meeting on June 18-19. Until then, what Bernanke and his colleagues say on quantitative easing bears close watching. The following are their views. Voters on the Fed’s policy-setting panel this year are marked with an asterisk (*):