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In a 1986 speech to graduates, Volcker said technological wonders are “no substitute for a sense of mutual trust, in our business relationships, in our government, and in our personal lives.”
From The President
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
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.