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2018
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May 29, 2018

eBrief - May 2018

The May edition of the eBrief includes the latest small business credit survey conducted by all 12 Reserve Banks. The survey found that optimism about future performance among small business owners reached its highest level in several years. The eBrief also features the Richmond Fed’s Annual Report essay that explores the slowdown in educational attainment across the nation.

April 30, 2018

eBrief - April 2018

The April edition of the eBrief highlights research by Richmond Fed economists who looked at factors behind recessions and potential policy solutions as well as an analysis of how bank runs could be prevented. The eBrief also includes the latest 5th District Spotlight that assesses apprenticeship programs in the Fifth Federal Reserve District and across the U.S.

March 26, 2018

eBrief - March 2018

The March edition of the eBrief highlights a paper from Richmond Fed economists who propose a tool to help policymakers evaluate a firm’s resolvability and a look at initiatives focused on innovation in the payments field. The eBrief also includes a paper on the economic rise and decline of Petersburg, Va. and an updated version of Invest in What’s Next, an online mini course created to help high school students prepare for life after high school.

Feb. 26, 2018

eBrief - February 2018

The February edition of the eBrief highlights research that outlines the history of the GSEs and explores the correlation between family structure and college completion rates. The eBrief also includes recent research from the Richmond Fed’s Community Development team on leading practices in the community development space.

Jan. 29, 2018

eBrief - January 2018

The January eBrief highlights articles from the latest edition of the Richmond Fed’s Econ Focus ​publication, including an analysis of policy responses to unauthorized immigration and a look at the economics of cyberattacks. This edition also includes different surveys of business conditions in the Fifth Federal Reserve District.

2017
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Nov. 27, 2017

eBrief - November 2017

The November edition of the eBrief highlights research exploring policy alternatives that are more likely to keep seniors in the workforce and to generate more revenue for the Social Security Trust Fund. The edition also includes an assessment of how this year’s hurricane season impacted businesses in the Fifth Federal Reserve District. 

Oct. 30, 2017

eBrief - October 2017

This edition of the eBrief includes an analysis of trade imbalances and an overview of the Fed’s foreign exchange operations. The edition also includes a regional analysis of the cities within the Fifth Federal Reserve District.

Sept. 25, 2017

eBrief - September 2017

The September edition of the eBrief includes the latest update to the Richmond Fed’s Bailout Barometer, which shows that 60 percent of the liabilities of the financial system are subject to explicit or implicit protection from loss by the federal government. This issue also highlights analysis of the tax treatment of credit unions and provides a closer look at the opioid epidemic in the Fifth Federal Reserve District.

July 25, 2017

eBrief - July 2017

The July eBrief highlights the latest Economic Brief that distills a feature essay from the Richmond Fed’s Annual Report that discusses the forces that lead some cities to decline. This edition also includes insights from the Bank’s regional economists on real GDP growth by state and sector within the Fifth District as well as analysis by the Bank’s Community Development department on a neighborhood redevelopment program in Richmond, Virginia.

June 27, 2017

eBrief - June 2017

This edition of the eBrief highlights research that looks at whether the Fed has a financial stability mandate and how automation will impact workers in the future. This issues also includes the latest 5E Navigator which explores the rent-versus-buy decision and analysis by Richmond Fed economists on how a shrinking federal government could impact the Fifth District.

May 30, 2017

eBrief - May 2017

The May edition of the eBrief highlights the Richmond Fed’s 2016 Annual Report which features an essay on the forces behind urban growth and decline and an evaluation of urban revitalization policies. This issue also includes analysis on the impact of immigration on the economy as well as a look at how the unauthorized immigrant population is counted by various organizations.

May 1, 2017

eBrief - April 2017

The April edition of the eBrief highlights research from the Richmond Fed that analyzes a large data set of payment transactions at a nationwide retail chain to examine consumer payment choice based on a number of different variables and assess any longer-term trends. This edition also includes the latest Federal Reserve System-wide small business credit survey which helps to provide a better picture of business conditions and the credit environment faced by small business owners.

March 27, 2017

eBrief - March 2017

The March edition of the eBrief highlights President Lacker’s recent comments on monetary policy and his views on the importance of an independent Fed. This addition also includes research that analyzes mortality gaps between different demographic groups in the U.S. as well as research that explores differences between the U.S. and other developed nations in the share of women in the workforce.

Feb. 28, 2017

eBrief - February 2017

This edition of the eBrief highlights President Lacker’s February economic outlook as well as a working paper from Richmond Fed economists that explores methods for urban revitalization. The eBrief also includes research that analyzes payment choices by consumers in the Fifth Federal Reserve District.

Jan. 30, 2017

eBrief - January 2017

This edition of the eBrief highlights President Lacker’s economic outlook from earlier in the year. The eBrief also includes the Richmond Fed’s latest research on wealth redistribution, the economic impact of state business taxes, and regional data on educational attainment rates within the Fifth Federal Reserve District.

2016
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Dec. 1, 2016

eBrief - November 2016

This edition of the eBrief highlights Richmond Fed President Jeff Lacker’s column on the importance of the Fed’s price stability goals in helping all Americans as well as an article explaining how balancing the Fed’s accountability to the public and monetary policy independence is tricky. The eBrief also includes research into the growth of the fintech sector and looks into how Richmond Fed economists measure economic activity in the Fifth Federal Reserve District.

Oct. 31, 2016

eBrief - October 2016

The October edition of the eBrief highlights President Lacker’s economic outlook and his speech addressing calls to reform the Fed’s governance structure. The eBrief also includes the latest Community Pulse survey which identifies current and emerging issues in the Fifth Federal Reserve District as well as research that studies the effect of the Affordable Care Act on part-time employment.

Sept. 26, 2016

eBrief - September 2016

The September eBrief highlights Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker’s testimony before Congress on the public-private structure of the Federal Reserve. This edition also looks at negative interest rate policies being employed by central banks around the world as well as provides an overview of the Richmond Fed’s efforts in helping students prepare for the new school year.

Sept. 6, 2016

eBrief - August 2016

The August issue of the eBrief  looks at the role of Reserve Bank boards and their directors as well as explores the recent decline in new bank formations. This issue also highlights research on the social determinants of health in regions across the Fifth Federal Reserve District.

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