JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (MNI) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Friday reiterated the Federal Open Market Committee's willingness to provide additional monetary accommodation if necessary, but gave no clear signal that action is upcoming.

In making an extensive evaluation of the potential benefits and costs of using the Fed's "nontraditional" policy tools, Bernanke seemed to put slightly greater weight on the benefits. But he emphasized the "uncertainties" involved in making further use of large scale asset purchases and other measures in an eagerly awaited keynote address opening the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's annual symposium.

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