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Bank:Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland  Series:Forefront 

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Public pensions under stress

The financial crisis has made it all too clear that regulators failed to see into the dark corners of the financial system. With that in mind, the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Atlanta have formed a Financial Monitoring Team to study pension funds and municipal finance with an eye toward implications for the wider economy and financial system. What concerns should we have? In this article and other articles from this spring issue of Forefront, we explain where risks could be building and how reforms might help forestall their impact on the broader economy and financial system.
Forefront , Issue Spring , Pages 41 p.

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A proposal: using the CRA to fight vacancy and abandonment

In 2009, banks became the reluctant holders of more than 1,500 foreclosed properties in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Most of these houses are in Cleveland, worth little to nothing, and in danger of remaining vacant for the foreseeable future - destined to define neighborhood decay.
Forefront , Issue Spring , Pages 6-9

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Will Puerto Rico Default?

Forefront , Issue Winter , Pages 18-19

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Healthy Banks, Common Traits

Student loan debt and the Fed, Rust belt redefined, Interview with behavorial scientist Eldar Shafir
Forefront , Issue Winter , Pages 1-36

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Anchors and Arts Help Redefine the Rust Belt

Forefront , Issue Winter , Pages 20-23

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The Cost of College: Student Loan Debt on the Rise

Forefront , Issue Winter , Pages 10-15

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Regulating the raters: Key provisions in proposed reforms

Credit rating organizations such as Moody's and Standard & Poor's have been counted on to provide investors with impartial assessments of companies' creditworthiness, and some have relied on CROs instead of due diligence. Reforms are needed but if regulators have rule-writing authority, they can use flexibility and creativity rather than just legislation.
Forefront , Issue Winter , Pages 6-7

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Past Performance, Future Results?

Evolution of the Bank Examiner, Better Housing Policies, Interview with Barry Eichengreen
Forefront , Issue Spring , Pages 1-36

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Streamlining the System of Workforce Development

Conversations between regional workforce development stakeholders and the Federal Reserve show the need for efficiencies similiar to those at the national level
Forefront , Issue Winter , Pages 16-17

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Making financial markets safer for consumers: lessons from consumer goods markets and beyond

In the wake of the mortgage meltdown, policymakers are discussing how best to protect consumers in financial product markets.
Forefront , Issue Winter , Pages 8-13