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Annual Report

In this year’s annual report, you will learn about our work, our people, our mission and our results. As in the past, we feature an essay on a timely topic that is central to America's economy. This year's essay — “After the Fall: Rebuilding Family Balance Sheets, Rebuilding the Economy” — focuses on the need to rebuild household balance sheets in the wake of the financial crisis, a need that is important not only for families but for the economy overall. The co-authors are the director and chief economist for the St. Louis Fed's new Center for Household Financial Stability.  That new center is the focus of the message from our president, James Bullard.  Our chairman, Ward Klein, talks in his column about the roles and performance of the St. Louis Fed.

Beige Book

The Beige Book is a summary of current economic conditions in the Eighth District. The information is gathered via survey and interviews from business contacts, economists, market experts, directors of the Bank and its branches, and others. This online-only publication links to the full document, which includes similar anecdotal reports from the 11 other Fed districts. Published eight times per year.

The Regional Economist

The Regional Economist is a quarterly publication aimed at an engaged, nonacademic audience. This publication addresses the regional, national and international economic issues of the day.

Research Reports

Earnings Inequality within the Urban United States: 2000 to 2006

This study from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis looks at one of the most striking economic trends in the United States: the ever-widening wage gap between workers at the top end of the pay scale and those at the low end. In the report, economist Christopher H. Wheeler discusses the reasons behind this continuing trend and what public policymakers can do about it. The study includes information on four metropolitan areas within the Eighth Federal Reserve District: Little Rock, Louisville, Memphis and St. Louis.

Local Crime and Local Business Cycles

Do business cycles affect crime rates? A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis provides some answers to that question by presenting information on local business cycles and crime rates in 23 major cities. Written by Fed economist Thomas A. Garrett and senior research associate Lesli S. Ott, the report includes data for four cities in the Bank’s District: St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis.


A Foregone Conclusion

An online version of James Neal Primm's book on the creation of the Federal Reserve System and the St. Louis Fed.

Booklets, Guides, and Brochures

A Christmas Present for the President

Presents a short history of the creation of the Federal Reserve System, using excerpts from reminiscences, letters and newspapers published at the time. Provides an inside look at the diverse forces and personalities that came together to bring about the formation of the nation’s central bank.

In Plain English

An easy-to-read guide to the structure and functions of the Federal Reserve System. Available online and as an eBook. Ideal for classroom use.

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