Process and progress in risk management
President Anthony Santomero discusses three points: risk management as its own distinct discipline; the financial industry's work to improve risk-management techniques and regulators' increased commitment to risk-focused examinations; and the need to improve risk-management systems even further.
Making monetary policy: what do we know and when do we know it?
President Anthony Santomero points out that conducting a successful monetary policy presents real-world challenges, such as evaluating where the economy is, where it is going, and where it should be going. But how do monetary policymakers make decisions about the economy in a world with imperfect information? Santomero discusses how policymaking is affected by both the availability and reliability of economic information. He concludes that given the information constraints policymakers face, the challenges of setting monetary policy will not go away, so we must find a way to meet them
In his first column, President Santomero talks about "New Beginnings" by introducing himself to the Business Review audience and by listing some of the challenges facing the Philadelphia metropolitan area and some options for dealing with them
Corporate governance and responsibility
In the first article this quarter, President Anthony Santomero asks: What is the root of the corporate governance problems that have recently gained the spotlight? Is it the mega-merger frenzy of the 1980s? Overly optimistic forecasts of earnings? Innovations in the financial services industry? Although these factors undoubtedly played some role, President Santomero views governance problems as having deeper roots. In "Corporate Governance and Responsibility," he points out that the central dilemma is one of conflicting interests in organizations - what economists call "the ...
A farewell from President Santomero
President Anthony M. Santomero reflects on the economic challenges and changes during his tenure as president over the past six years and summarizes some of the Bank?s accomplishments.
The complexities of monetary policy.
What happens when an academic researcher becomes a policymaker? Recently, President Anthony Santomero shared some thoughts on this topic with members for the Downtown Economists Club in New York City. In particular, he talked about several conundrums he's encountered since moving from the academy to the central bank. We've reprinted his speech "The Complexities of Monetary Policy" in this issue of the Business Review so that we can share President Santomero's insights with our readers as well.
De novo banking in the third district
Monetary policy and inflation targeting in the United States.
Should monetary policymakers in the U.S. adopt explicit inflation targeting? After all, the Fed has steadily reduced inflation over the past 25 years without resorting to an explicit inflation target. But having achieved price stability, we must now deal with the matter of maintaining it. In "Monetary Policy and Inflation Targeting in the United States," President Anthony Santomero returns to the topic of inflation targeting, which he first discussed in the spring of 2003. This time, he expands that discussion by proposing a specific inflation targeting program
Monetary policy: stability through change.
The recent business cycle has been driven by two forces: a series of extraordinary events and some longer term secular trends. In "Monetary Policy: Stability Through Change," President Anthony Santomero discusses how these extraordinary events, including the bursting of the tech bubble, the aftermath of 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the corporate accounting and governance scandals, have affected the U.S. economy. He then turns his focus to the longer term trends, including rapidly changing technology and the increasingly integrated global marketplace, which he expects to be ...
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