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Check out the latest Housing Conditions Report

The 4Q 2017 Housing Market Conditions Report, a quarterly overview of housing market conditions in the Federal Reserve's Eighth District, is available.

Housing Market Perspectives now availableIs Homeownership Bad for Wealth Accumulation?

Learn why homeownership should comprise a limited share of a family’s total assets—even after the recovery in house prices.

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Community Investment Explorer

The Community Investment Explorer (CIE) interactive tool aggregates customizable data from the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) programs to show geographic comparisons and trends over time.

The CIE draws on data from more than 500,000 community development transactions. Collectively, these programs are responsible for billions of dollars of investment into low- and moderate-income communities each year.

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Why invest in workforce development and what does it take?

The Federal Reserve’s “Investing in America’s Workforce: Report on Workforce Development Needs and Opportunities” (PDF) seeks to answer those questions. Drawing from more than 50 focus groups from around the country, this report shares insights on opportunities to improve workforce outcomes and investments.

Areas for investment include:

  • Supporting workforce intermediaries
  • Strengthening early childhood education
  • Increasing the access to and the quality of jobs

Check Investing in America’s Workforce for more resources.

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Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities

Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities, published as a partnership between the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agencies of Rural Development and the Agricultural Marketing Service, focuses on regional food systems as a means for enhancing economic opportunity. The publication can be viewed separately by article or downloaded in its entirety.

Small Business Credit Survey

The Small Business Credit Survey is a national collaboration of the 12 Reserve Banks of the Federal Reserve System that provides intelligence on small-business financial needs, decisions and outcomes to policymakers, researchers and service providers. Reports from the survey will be released throughout 2017, each taking an in-depth look into specific types of small businesses.

Report on Startup firms (PDF)

This report focuses on startups with employees, defined as small businesses that were five years old or younger and had full- or part-time employees in 2016.

Report on Employer Firms (PDF) 

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Survey results showed that while many small businesses with employees were profitable and optimistic in 2016, a significant majority faced financial challenges, experienced funding gaps and relied on personal finances.