Since then, the S&P 500 has since risen 25%, and the Russell 2000, which measures small cap stocks, has been up even more -- around 40%.
"I do think that our policies have contributed to a stronger stock market," Bernanke said in January.
But while a stock rally is a good sign for the economy, the benefits haven't exactly trickled down to Main Street. Jobs and housing are still in the doldrums.
The Federal Reserve Chairman will start holding press briefings four times a year, the central bank said. More