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A History of FOMC Dissents

A History of FOMC Dissents

After several years with few dissents, the number of dissenting votes on FOMC policy decisions averaged nearly one per meeting between 2008 and 2013. Over that period, Reserve bank presidents accounted for all of those dissents. How do these recent observations compare with historical data on dissents? Check out this St. Louis Fed on the Economy blog post and this infographic.


From the President

Sept. 23, 2014

Welcoming Remarks: "Community Banking in the 21st Century"


St. Louis Fed President James Bullard welcomed bankers and researchers to the second annual community banking research and policy conference, hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. He highlighted the importance of community banks to the Eighth District’s economy and noted that the two-day conference should, once again, expand the understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing community banks.

Remarks (PDF)

July 17, 2014

“Fed Goals and the Policy Stance”

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard discussed the FOMC's macroeconomic goals and the stance of monetary policy during a Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce event. He noted that the macroeconomic goals are close to being met; however, the monetary policy settings are far from normal. While this mismatch is not currently causing macroeconomic problems, President Bullard said it takes a long time to normalize policy and the mismatch may cause problems in the years ahead as the economy continues to expand.

News Release | Presentation (PDF)

Bio | President's Website


Burgundy Books Audio

Sept. 23, 2014 | Listen

Our audio podcast discusses current economic conditions in the Eighth District, as published in the Burgundy Books.

Video Archive | Audio Archive


Now Open

Inside the Economy Museum logo

The St. Louis Fed’s Inside the Economy Museum is now open. Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind experience that explains the economy through nearly 100 exhibits, games, sculptures and videos. Walk-ins and groups are welcome. Admission is free. Go to the museum website to plan your visit.