WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Tuesday night drove home the message that the central bank will not step back from its aggressive stance in support of the U.S. economy — even when it ends its $85 billion a month in bond purchases.

Taking questions after a speech to the National Economists Club, Bernanke stressed that the two tools being used by the Fed, asset purchases and threshold forward guidance, work differently and possess different costs and benefits.

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