Following his first 100 days in office, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke received a B+ for his overall performance from nearly 50 of the nation's top economists.

In a survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal online, nearly half of those polled gave the successor to long-time Fed chief Alan Greenspan, a B rating, while 18 gave him an A, and six thought Bernanke merited a C.

Since officially assuming the post earlier this year, Bernanke has overseen two interest rate increases.

Those participating in the poll felt the Fed Chair deserved high marks for monetary policy but added that he could use a bit more polish in his communications with the financial markets.

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