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St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard discussing monetary policy
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“My job naturally allows me to work in that space where I get to revel in the success of other people,” says this St. Louis Fed talent development specialist.
Tisha Emerson has found that using different teaching styles can help make economics attractive to a more diverse group of students.
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Help yourself to four tidbits of history about the food that has your holiday table groaning.

Illustrations of abstract charts
A new resource—Your Guide to America’s Finances—shows government revenue, spending and debt at a glance.
Federal Reserve building

Discover the central bank’s role, how the Federal Reserve is structured, and what those numbers mean on a dollar bill.

From The President

November 14, 2019

In Louisville, Ky., St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said the Federal Open Market Committee has tried to help insure against the downside risk to the U.S. economy by dramatically altering the path of monetary policy during 2019.

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Who We Are

by Design

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.

Learn more about the importance of the Fed’s regional structure.


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

Learn more about what we do.


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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