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Should We Fear the Inverted Yield Curve?

The yield curve inverted before every one of the last nine U.S. recessions. How do U.S. government bonds shape the yield curve, why does it invert, and is it really a warning signal? Find out in the December 2019 issue of Page One Economics.
Page One Economics Newsletter

Making Sense of Private Debt

Although much attention is given to the mounting public debt, private debt (the debt of households and businesses) is actually larger. The March 2020 issue of Page One Economics evaluates trends in private debt and what they could mean for the overall health of the economy.
Page One Economics Newsletter

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Payment Services

Technology has certainly sped up our ability to deposit funds and pay bills. With mobile devices and the internet, we are able to access and transfer money faster than ever before. Peer-to-peer (P2P) payment services and smartphone apps make it possible to make and receive real-time payments in our ever-changing world. Learn about the various advantages and disadvantages of this evolution in payment services in the April 2020 issue of Page One Economics, "Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Payment Services."
Page One Economics Newsletter

Independence, Accountability, and the Federal Reserve System

When Congress created the Federal Reserve System (our central bank), it made it both independent and accountable. The May 2020 issue of Page One Economics describes the necessary balance between these objectives—and why independence matters for sound policymaking.
Page One Economics Newsletter

COVID-19’s Effects on the Economy and the Fed’s Response

The U.S. economy started strong in 2020, but then the COVID-19 pandemic brought about the most abrupt economic slowdown in U.S. history. This Page One Economics describes Federal Reserve actions that stabilized financial markets and bolstered the economy.
Page One Economics Newsletter

Money and Missed Opportunities

Decisions, decisions. There are so many alternatives for when and how to spend our money, and each decision has unseen costs, such as "opportunity costs." Considering all these costs can complicate our spending decisions, but can also make them better. Learn about the risks of ignoring unseen costs in the October issue of Page One Economics, "Money and Missed Opportunities."
Page One Economics Newsletter

Temporary Open Market Operations and Large-Scale Asset Purchases

The Federal Reserve employs both conventional and unconventional monetary policy tools to promote maximum employment and price stability. This special Summer 2020 issue of Page One Economics reviews the monetary policy framework under ample reserves and then describes the use of temporary open market operations and large-scale asset purchase programs to promote the stability of the financial system that facilitates access to credit for households and business.
Page One Economics Newsletter

The Fed’s New Monetary Policy Tools

The Federal Reserve (the Fed) and its monetary policy tools have a significant presence in economics standards, textbooks, and curricula. The Fed has changed the way it implements monetary policy, but many of the recent changes are not reflected in teaching resources. This special issue of Page One Economics is intended to provide information and teaching guidance for educators as they transition to teaching about the new tools of monetary policy.
Page One Economics Newsletter

Whither the community bank? a conference summary

Chicago Fed Letter , Issue May

Central Counterparty Risk Management: Beyond Default Risk

On October 17, 2017, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held its fourth annual Central Counterparty (CCP) Risk Management Conference: Beyond Default Risk. Attendees included representatives from regulators, CCPs, clearing members, and end-user market participants from across North America, Europe, and Asia. Panelists and keynote speakers discussed the challenges for CCPs and market participants that arise from stresses other than a clearing member default
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