The incredibly hot U.S. economy has created millions of new jobs and fueled broad-based prosperity in the last few years, but economists -- not least those at the Fed -- firmly believe the good times can't continue indefinitely at this kind of pace without spurring inflation. The challenge is to engineer a "soft landing," the kind of gradual slowing that relieves the economy's excesses while staving off recession.

Alan Greenspan and his Fed cohorts were able to pull off such an act back in 1994. Are they up to it again?

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