Timely Topics Podcasts and Videos

Keith Taylor | St. Louis Fed

Have you met FRED?

Who is FRED, or Federal Reserve Economic Data? Who uses FRED? And why should you learn more about the widely-used database of financial and economic data? Keith Taylor and Yvetta Fortova of the data desk at the St. Louis Fed address these questions and more.
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January 24, 2018
Kevin Kliesen | St. Louis Fed

Holiday Spending: A Gift for the Economy

What do economists track during the holiday season to determine if it will be good for the economy? St. Louis Fed economist Kevin Kliesen discusses retail sales (online and in-store), personal consumption, consumer sentiment, payment methods, debt and more.
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December 20, 2017

Monetary Policy Minutes: The Fed’s Balance Sheet

When the Fed decides to begin shrinking its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, what will that mean? Why is reducing the size important? St. Louis Fed economist David Wheelock addresses these questions.
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September 1, 2017

What Does a Fed Branch Do?

Nikki Jackson, the head of the St. Louis Fed’s Louisville, Ky., Branch, talks about her role, that of her staff and that of her board of directors. Listen to her describe the “aha moment” when people realize the variety of work that the Branch does.
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August 17, 2017

Monetary Policy Minutes: What Is Monetary Policy?

In this three-part podcast, St. Louis Fed economist David Wheelock covers 1) what monetary policy is and how it affects us all, 2) key monetary policy variables (employment and inflation), and 3) how low interest rates affect borrowers and savers.
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June 2, 2017

Economic Literacy for Life

Our economic education officer, Mary Suiter, talks about our mission to get people of all ages to learn about basic economics and how to handle personal finances.
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May 5, 2017

Chinese Imports, U.S. Jobs

Economist Max Dvorkin talks about his research into the impact of Chinese imports on U.S. jobs during the period 2000-07, a time when those imports were surging.
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January 18, 2017

Disability Insurance

Economist David Wiczer discusses a study he and a colleague undertook that shows the ideal disability insurance program would be not much more generous than what we already have.
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November 24, 2015

Economic Development

Economist B. Ravikumar explains how he and other economists are looking at cross-country income differences and the economic effects of trade barriers.
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November 24, 2015

The Fed's Regional Structure

Unlike central banks in most other countries, the Federal Reserve System has a regional structure. St. Louis Fed economist and economic historian David Wheelock explains the history and benefits of the unusual structure of our central bank.
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October 20, 2014

The Gold Standard

At one time or another, many of the major countries around the world had monetary systems based on a gold standard—currency that could be redeemed, at least in part, for gold. Economist David Andolfatto explains the gold standard and discusses its pros and cons.
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October 20, 2014

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