CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve has moved closer to embarking on a new round of its controversial money-pumping after the central bank and its chairman Ben Bernanke highlighted a grim outlook for the U.S. economy. Bernanke on Wednesday opened the door a bit wider for the Fed to return to buying securities in the months ahead to buttress a weak recovery and keep inflation from slipping too far below its newly adopted 2-percent target. “It sounds like the finger is on the trigger,” said Thomas Simons, a money market economist at Jefferies & Co. …

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