DELICATE DANCE: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's plan to fight high unemployment and the threat of deflation risks hurting the economy later if it leads to an inflation outbreak.
NEW ROUND OF STIMULUS: The Fed is all but certain to launch a program to buy more government debt. That should lower rates on mortgages and other loans. The Fed hopes cheaper credit will get Americans to spend more, which would boost the economy.
NO EASY FIX: It will still take time for consumers and businesses to regain confidence. The unemployment rate and number of foreclosures are both likely to stay high for some time.