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Reserve Adequacy Explains Emerging-Market Sensitivity to U.S. Monetary Policy

Emerging economies that borrow in U.S. dollars are sensitive to U.S. monetary policy due to changing exchange rates. However, the marginal effect of this sensitivity is determined by the relative amount of U.S. dollars held in reserve.
Economic Letter , Volume 13 , Issue 9 , Pages 1-4

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Sovereign wealth funds allow countries to invest for more than the long term

Some experts question the investment motives, while others regard sovereign wealth funds as a helpful source of capital and even a vehicle for socially responsible investment.
Economic Letter , Volume 8

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Consuming price differences persist among eight Texas cities

The differences in what consumers pay for a given product in eight Texas cities increased considerably in the 2000s?Dallas being by far the most expensive city in the sample. A strong price adjustment mechanism, however, ensures that the relative price between any two Texas locations tended to rapidly revert to its mean value
Economic Letter , Volume 9 , Issue 14 , Pages 1-4

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Getting a Jump on Inflation

Accurate official estimates of Fed policymakers? preferred PCE inflation measure take months, and sometimes years, to become available. A small set of timelier indicators offers realtime power to ?nowcast? PCE inflation. Those indicators provide as much accuracy as initial government estimates and remain informative even after official estimates have been published.
Economic Letter , Volume 12 , Issue 9 , Pages 1-4

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America’s Missing Workers Are Primarily Middle Educated

The labor force participation rate has fallen since 2008, partly due to an aging population and despite a more highly educated one. After accounting for aging, those whose highest educational attainment is a high school diploma, some college or an associate degree have primarily driven the participation decrease.
Economic Letter , Volume 12 , Issue 4 , Pages 1-4

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Commodity futures investing: method to the madness

Just as there are popular indexes that measure the value of groups of stocks, such as the Dow Jones industrial average, there are indexes that do the same for commodity futures.
Economic Letter , Volume 7

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Making sense of the U.S. housing slowdown

Economic Letter , Volume 1

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The globalization of ideas

Globalization is the process of increasing economic interdependence among nations. It is reflected in the growth of cross-border trade in goods and services. Ideas, like goods and services, also flow across borders and their globalization is well under way. ; Quantifying that flow is difficult; however, patent filings can provide indirect evidence on the production of ideas. Further, cross-border patenting--the patenting of one idea in several countries--can help trace the flow of ideas. What we learn from those data is that idea production has taken off in the developing BRIC economies ...
Economic Letter , Volume 5

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U.S. productivity growth flowing downstream

Measurements of U.S. productivity growth have declined, particularly in the high-tech sector. This may reflect increased U.S. specialization in upstream activities in the global supply chain. Those activities tend to experience slower productivity growth.
Economic Letter , Volume 11 , Issue 12 , Pages 1-4

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TALF: Jump-starting the securitization markets

In the financial crisis that began in August 2007, securitization activity virtually dried up. When the housing bubble burst, the value of the collateral backing much of the asset-backed securities (ABS) declined sharply, and so did the value of the securities themselves. The Federal Reserve responded by creating the term asset-backed securities loan facility, or TALF. Its purpose is to boost securitization by providing loans to people holding certain highly rated ABS. These loans will then support new ABS issues and help thaw out the securitization markets. Judging from both new issues and ...
Economic Letter , Volume 4




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