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Sunday, October 1, 2000

Equity Capital for Rural Communities

Developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), this publication outlines the need for development venture capital funds in rural and distressed communities, explores how these funds differ from traditional venture capital funds and presents specific investment opportunities within Appalachia. For copies, call Ray Daffner, ARC's Entrepreneurship Initiative manager, (202) 884-7777 or

Identity Theft: Protect Yourself

Produced by the Boston Fed, this video explains how consumers can protect their vital financial information. The video also outlines what consumers should do if they suspect their identity has been stolen. VHS-format copies are available for $7.50 each by calling 1-800-409-1333 or writing the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Public and Community Affairs Department, Attention: Identity Fraud Video, P.O. Box 2076, Boston, MA, 02106-2076. Please make checks or money orders payable to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Payment must be received when ordering.

When Bad Things Happen to Your Good Name

Produced by the FTC and other government agencies, this booklet informs consumers about how to prevent and recover from identity theft. It is available by contacting Colleen Tressler, FTC, (202) 326-2368. More information about identity theft is available at

Purchase Options for Consumers

This pamphlet, produced by the Chicago Fed, lists pros and cons of payment methods, including cash, checks, credit cards, debit cards, personal computers and automated transactions. To order copies, call (312) 322-8232.

Keys to Vehicle Leasing: A Consumer Resource

This computer program, which can be downloaded from the Federal Reserve Board's web site at, addresses the differences in buying vs. leasing, assessing lease costs, comparing lease offers and negotiating lease terms. The program also includes information on the Consumer Leasing Act and its companion regulation (Regulation M and commentary), a comprehensive glossary, a leasing quiz and frequently asked questions.

Effective Practices in Community Development Finance and the Community Development Resource Guide

Both of these publications can be downloaded from the OCC's web site at To purchase the set for $15, call the Communications Division at (202) 874-4960.