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From The President

February 07, 2019

In St. Cloud, Minn., St. Louis Fed President James Bullard discussed three themes for monetary policy this year: low inflation expectations, weak feedback from labor markets to inflation, and a flattened yield curve.

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Upcoming Events

28
FEB

Women majoring in economics can learn about opportunities and experiences in the field.

06
MAR

Middle and high school teachers can learn engaging ways to teach economics and personal finance using resources from several Federal Reserve banks.

07
MAR

Two economists will give national and local economic overviews in Jeffersonville, Ind., at this popular annual breakfast event.

28
MAR

Economist Don Schlagenhauf will talk to high school and college students and teachers about consumer debt in the area and nationally.

10
MAY

Federal Reserve leaders and experts in various fields will speak about supporting middle class attainment at this event.

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Who We Are

Decentralized
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.

Our
Mission

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.

Our
Leadership

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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