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  • October 08, 2018

    Some Consequences of the U.S. Growth Surprise

    In Singapore, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard discussed the surprisingly strong performance of the U.S. economy relative to the FOMC’s March 2017 projection. This growth surprise has been a factor in allowing the FOMC to normalize its policy rate along a projected path, he said.
    Presentation (pdf) | Press Release

  • October 03, 2018

    Welcoming Remarks: Community Banking in the 21st Century

    St. Louis Fed President James Bullard welcomed community bankers, regulators and researchers to the sixth annual community banking research and policy conference. “The changing landscape of financial services is an important reason for this conference,” he said.
    Remarks (pdf)

Publications & Podcasts

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    Cotton, Cash and the King – 100 Years of the Memphis Branch

    Our Memphis regional executive, Douglas Scarboro, talks about how the Memphis Branch of the St. Louis Fed has changed over the past 100 years—from cotton receipts to cash services to the King himself, Elvis Presley. Listen to the podcast.

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    Understanding the Roots of the U.S. Trade Deficit

    Third Quarter 2018 | Regional Economist

    The rise of the U.S. dollar as an international reserve currency and a shift in comparative advantage in manufacturing are key economic changes driving the large U.S. trade deficit.

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    Some Basics on Sovereign Debt and Default

    Why do governments borrow? What happens when a country defaults on its debt? How does a country get out of a debt crisis? Economist Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria explains.

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    A Tale of Two Economies: Farmers Struggle despite Strong U.S. Economy

    Third Quarter 2018 | Regional Economist

    Dropping commodity prices have caused U.S. farm income to plunge in recent years. Relatively steady farmland prices, however, have helped farmers stay solvent.

  • Women in Economics: Gail Heyne Hafer

    Hafer, an economics professor at St. Louis Community College-Meramec and author of children’s books about economics, talks about how teaching economics has evolved over the past 30 years.

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    Fiscal Policy's Link to Inequality

    St. Louis Fed economist Miguel Faria-e-Castro talks about rising inequality in both income and wealth in the United States and how we compare to other countries.

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    Taking a Closer Look at U.S. Exports to China

    Third Quarter 2018 | Regional Economist

    Civilian aircraft, soybeans, motor vehicles and microchips are the biggest U.S. exports to China, and production of these goods is geographically concentrated. In the case of soybeans, 10 states produced 79 percent of the U.S. crop in 2016.

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    Soybeans, the Eighth District’s No. 1 Crop, Caught in Trade Tussle

    Third Quarter 2018 | Regional Economist

    In 2017, the District’s farmers grew 19 percent of the country’s soybeans. But China recently imposed a 25 percent tariff on soybeans, creating uncertainties for U.S. growers.