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Families in the Eighth District states are already struggling because of the pandemic. Until COVID-19 is reined in, the economic effects will likely endure.

We believe the Federal Reserve most effectively serves the public by building a more diverse and inclusive economy.

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From St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard

August 27, 2021

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard discussed his inflation outlook and preference for tapering the Fed’s asset purchases starting now and finishing by the end of the first quarter during interviews with CNBC (on Aug. 26) and Bloomberg TV and Fox Business (both on Aug. 27).

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The Federal Reserve is a central bank system that includes the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., and 12 independent regional Reserve banks.

This decentralized structure ensures that the economic conditions of all areas of the country are taken into account in the making of monetary policy.

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The Federal Reserve promotes a healthy economy and financial stability by:

  • Pursuing maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates
  • Ensuring safety and soundness of the nation's banks and financial system and protecting consumer credit rights
  • Maintaining stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk
  • Providing services to depository institutions, the U.S. government and foreign official institutions

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The St. Louis Fed is overseen by a board of nine independent directors who are familiar with economic and credit conditions in the Eighth District.

The Bank's president, first vice president and a team of officers manage the Bank's day-to-day operations. The Management Committee is the central policymaking body of the Bank.

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