In 2010, the economic outlook was, to say the least, uncertain. Fed Chairman Bernanke spoke about what the central bank could do.
"Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Wednesday the economic outlook remains 'unusually uncertain,' and the central bank is ready to take new steps to keep the recovery alive if the economy worsens…. Bernanke also said record low interest rates are still needed to bolster the economy."
The low interest rates, established in the wake of the financial meltdown, are likely to continue. According to a recent Bloomberg report, Bernanke "is holding to his pledge to keep borrowing costs close to zero at least through late 2014 even after unemployment unexpectedly fell to a three-year low."