FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart Thursday said the Fed should be confident that the economic recovery is progressing along the right path before dialing back its aggressive near term support for the economy.

Speaking to reporters after a speech to business leaders, Lockhart reiterated that he believes the question of tapering the Fed's $85 billion a month in bond purchases should be "on the table" at the December meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.

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