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Tools: Is It Time for You To Ask the Fed?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Since November 2008, the St. Louis Fed has offered an exclusive communications channel between Fed officials and the leaders of state member banks and bank holding companies in the Eighth District.

Ask the Fed is an hour-long conference call/program offered once a month, featuring candid discussions on topics of the day. If you're a senior officer of a state member bank or bank holding company and haven't yet joined an Ask the Fed session, here's what you've missed so far:

  • The mortgage crisis: Root causes and consequences for the economy (November 2008)
  • What's new in the federal funds market? (December 2008)
  • Changes to the Fed's payments system risk policy: What does it mean for your bank? (January 2009)
  • Remarks on the U.S. economy with St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard (February 2009)
  • A panel discussion on the Federal Reserve discount window, with additional comments on liquidity implications that face financially troubled institutions and understanding the impact of the OTTI impairment affecting FHLB securities portfolios (March 2009)
  • Discussion and Q&A with Elizabeth Duke, member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (April 2009)
  • From the examiner's perspective: Challenges facing community banks (May 2009)

If you sign up to participate in any subsequent Ask the Fed, you can access previous program materials. If you would like to participate, contact the St. Louis Fed's Patrick Pahl, Banking Supervision & Regulation, at 314-444-8858 or Remember, participation is limited to senior officers of state member banks and bank holding companies in the Eighth District.

The St. Louis Fed's web site has been revamped with a fresh, new design and streamlined navigation. Located at, the site also offers several new features and tools. These features include easy-to-use economic charts and data, including charts from the Fed's Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis zones; region-specific news and events; more multimedia features; RSS feeds and an expanded menu of e-mail alert choices. Watch for even more features and functionalities to be launched in the coming months.