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Reader Poll: Will We Avoid Recession?

The U.S. appears likely to avoid an economic downturn but the chances of a recession have risen, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President William Poole said Monday.

"I think the best bet is that we will not have a recession," he said in response to questions after a speech to the St. Louis chapter of the National Association for Business Economics.

However, Poole later told reporters, "There is no question that the odds (of recession) are higher than they used to be."

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