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Subprime outcomes: turmoil in the mortgage market

Until 2007, few Americans had probably heard the word ?subprime? - including many homeowners who would come to learn that their own mortgage was a subprime mortgage. Today, subprime mortgages are much discussed because they lie at the center of the turmoil that roiled credit markets in 2007 and 2008.
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One view of what the future holds for New England

After a decade of truly remarkable growth, the New England economy has weakened. Employment fell in 1989 and the unemployment rate increased. Further weakening seems to have occurred in the early months of 1990. New England continues to compare favorably with the nation according to such common indicators as the unemployment rate and per capita income, but recent developments suggest that the region is returning to a more normal relationship with the rest of the country. This transition is proving to be quite painful for some sectors of the economy, resulting in a high degree of confusion and ...
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New England transformed

The feature essay of the 2010 annual report discusses some of the changes that have occurred in New England over the past four decades, comparing the challenges we faced in the mid-1970s with those we face today.
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Addressing the challenge of growing earnings inequality

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Embracing change

Our Changing Environment, The Payments Evolution, New Approaches to Education, Managing Risk, An Economy Transformed
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The outlook for New England banking

Resilience has historically characterized the New England region, and the past year has exemplified that long-standing quality. Coming out of the worst regional recession since the Great Depression has been slow and painful, and the lives of many of our neighbors have been disrupted along the way. Fortunately, by the end of 1992 there were signs that the economic decline in New England was nearing the bottom.
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Retrospective on five years with the Boston Fed

This annual report focuses on the five years during which Richard F. Syron was president of the Boston Fed and on three issues in which Boston?s experience illustrates the important role played by regional Reserve Banks: monetary policy, banking regulation, and fair lending.
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The procyclical application of bank capital requirements

Capital requirements have long been considered important to bank safety and the protection of the federal deposit insurance fund. But widespread banking problems and heavy losses to the deposit insurance fund have intensified the focus on capital. Supervisory agencies have become even more rigorous in applying and enforcing capital standards, imposing higher requirements on damaged banks. Furthermore, capital requirements have taken on greater significance as a result of a key provision of the recently enacted banking legislation, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of ...
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The future of the skilled labor force in New England: the supply of recent college graduates

One of New England?s greatest assets is its skilled labor force, which has historically been an engine of economic growth in the region. But the skilled labor force of the future is growing more slowly in New England than in the rest of the United States.
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