ATLANTA — Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke, like his vice chairman Don Kohn, gave no indication Sunday that the Fed will be tightening credit anytime soon in a speech to a large group of economists.

Bernanke, in remarks to the American Economic Association’s annual convention, said that “at some point” the Fed will have to “normalize its balance sheet,” which has been swollen to more than twice its normal size through heavy Fed lending and asset purchases during the financial crisis and recession.

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