Econ Focus

Econ Focus (formerly Region Focus) is the economics magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. It covers economic issues affecting the Fifth Federal Reserve District and the nation and is published on a quarterly basis by the Bank's Research Department.

Region Focus



Winter 2007


Cover Story

Options on the Outs

The popularity of employee stock options is expected to wane with the adoption of a new accounting rule
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Phoning It In

Telecommuting hasn't become the commonplace work alternative its advocates anticipated. Still, the flexibility it offers has helped a significant number of companies and employees
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Opt in or Opt out?

Automatic enrollment increases 401(k) participation
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Bringing in the Unbanked

Banks are increasingly turning their attention to Hispanics without bank accounts
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Midlife Medicare

The case for reform heats up
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Bad Luck or Bad Policy?

Why inflation rose and fell, and what this means for monetary policy
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Department Article Additional Resources
President's Message Policy Trumps Luck
Federal Reserve A Division of Power Related Links
Jargon Alert Pareto Efficiency
Research Spotlight The Next Age of Globalization Related Links
Policy Update Fed to Begin Paying Interest on Reserves
Around the Fed Banks of All Sizes Related Links
Short Takes News from around the District
Interview Robert Fogel Related Links
Economic History Rooftops and Retail Related Links
Book Review Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor
District State Economic Conditions
Opinion Milton Friedman and Liberty
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