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Do smart people change captains in a storm?

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The White House is reportedly pondering the future of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Wall Street is a fan of Bernanke. Congress isn't. The common business issue: Do you swap captains in the middle of a storm?

The White House is reportedly pondering the future of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Wall Street is a fan of Bernanke. Congress isn't---at the moment.

The Wall Street Journal reported that there's a fierce argument going back and forth. Some want Bernanke reappointed. Others want new blood. Meanwhile, the economy still muddles along (at best).

For our purposes---assuming you can suspend your feelings about Bernanke and the entire financial saga---the larger question is whether you make a captain change in the middle of a storm. How important is continuity?

I don't have any quick answers, but you may. Sound off.


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Larry Dignan

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Editor-in-Chief Larry Dignan is editor-in-chief of SmartPlanet and ZDNet. He is also editorial director of TechRepublic. Previously, he was an editor at eWeek, Baseline and CNET News. He has written for WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, New York Times and Financial Planning. He holds degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Delaware. He is based in New York but resides in Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure