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St. Louis Fed Names Rasche Director of Research

On Jan. 4, 1999, Robert H. Rasche assumed the position of senior vice president and director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Rasche joined the Fed from Michigan State University, where he most recently was an economics professor. Rasche, who joined the Michigan State faculty in 1972, also chaired the university's economics department from 1980 to 1984. He has been a visiting scholar at the St. Louis and San Francisco Federal Reserve Banks and at the Bank of Japan. He was a member of the Michigan governor's Council of Economic Advisers and a consultant to several business organizations.

Rasche succeeded William G. Dewald, who retired from the St. Louis Fed at the end of 1998.

Fed Public Information Catalog Online

Publications, periodicals and videos from all Federal Reserve Banks now can be ordered online from one central site: www.newyorkfed.org/publications. Categories are arranged by individual Reserve Banks and publication topics. The site also indicates which publications are available online.

Fed Tells Its Story In Plain English

The St. Louis Fed has published an educational booklet about the Federal Reserve, written and illustrated to appeal to the general public. The booklet, called In Plain English: Making Sense of the Federal Reserve, describes, in straightforward language, the history, components and functions of the Federal Reserve, including the roles of the Board of Governors, the regional Reserve Banks and the Federal Open Market Committee.

Financial institutions may want to keep copies of the booklet in their lobbies for customers. To request copies, free of charge, call Debbie Dawe at (314) 444-8809.

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