Sword Fighting Has Prepared Bill English for His Hugely Important New Job of Keeping the Economy Stable

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"William English took up fencing as a sophomore at Yale University in 1980, practicing a sport that has been likened to 'physical chess' for its strategy and precision," says Bloomberg News. "Those skills will come in handy when he takes over next month as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s top adviser on monetary policy, a job that puts him in charge of crafting the statements the central bank will use to signal a withdrawal of the most expansive monetary policy in its 96-year history." Huh. Okay. [Bloomberg]