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This series of essays articulates the Richmond Fed's views on issues of particular importance to the Fifth District and the national economy, and their policy implications:

Regional Surveys of Business Activity


March 27, 2014 | Survey

Maryland Survey of Business Activity

Business activity in Maryland picked up sharply in March.

South Carolina and North Carolina

March 27, 2014 | Survey

Carolinas Survey of Business Activity

The economic expansion in the Carolinas slowed in March.



April 4, 2014 | News

Snapshot, April 2014

Reports on the Fifth District economy varied in recent months.


April 14, 2014 | Report

National Economic Indicators

The latest data on the national economy gathered by the Richmond Fed

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Man Falling into a Safety Net
How Large Is the Federal Financial Safety Net?

Richmond Fed researchers periodically estimate the size of the federal financial safety net - most recently in February 2013. The safety net is intended to reduce systemic risk, but it can contribute to financial instability.