Fed Chief Bernanke Holds First Press Conference (LIVEBLOG, UPDATES)

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke will hold his first ever press conference later today -- and the financial world is hanging on his every word. Facing high unemployment, concerns about a stalled recovery, inflation and the housing market, Bernanke's decision to speak publicly has been seen by many as "high stakes gamble" intended to lift the veil of secrecy from the Fed. Check back here for regular updates, video and analysis.