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“The COVID-19 Economy” features in-depth analyses of the past year’s economic impacts.

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The lack of cash on hand before the pandemic appears to play a role in a renter’s or homeowner’s likelihood of experiencing distress.

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The FOMC appears to have done a reasonably good job of keeping unemployment low and prices stable in the era of inflation targeting outside of large recessionary events.

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From St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard

April 07, 2021

In our 2020 annual report, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard discusses various aspects of the COVID-19 crisis, including the disruption in economic activity, the swift responses from policymakers, and our economists’ extensive research on the pandemic’s impact.

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