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  • October 18, 2018

    Modernizing Monetary Policy Rules

    Speaking in Memphis, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard discussed modernizing a popular monetary policy rule to account for three important macroeconomic developments since the 1980s.
    Presentation (pdf) | Press Release | Video | Photos

  • 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

Publications & Podcasts

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    The Role of Age in Determining Stock-Bond Investment Mix

    Fourth Quarter 2018 | Regional Economist

    Economic reasoning suggests that people should invest heavily in stocks when young and then shift to less-risky bonds as they grow older. Yet U.S. households don’t appear to be following this investment pattern.


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    Women in Economics: Una Osili

    In this podcast, Osili discusses growing up in Nigeria and the intersection of economics and philanthropy.

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    Dealing with the Leftovers: Residual Seasonality in GDP

    Fourth Quarter 2018 | Regional Economist

    Residual seasonality in gross domestic product can make it difficult for policymakers to know whether weak first-quarter GDP growth is due to an actual downturn or a reported number that is understated.


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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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    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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    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.