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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.

Econ Focus

Winter 2005

Region Focus, Winter 2005 issue

Cover Story

Branch Bonanza

They cost a lot, but customers can't get enough of them. Why bank branches won't go away.


The Conference Shuttle

The Atlantic Coast Conference set off a wave of league swaps. Despite the outcry, it shouldn't have surprised anyone.

Sink or Swim

Fifth District coastal ports must continue to expand to remain competitive.
Web Exclusive: Land, Ho!
Web Exclusive: A Shipping Visionary

Shame and Bankruptcy

The number of Americans filing for bankruptcy protection has surged fivefold in two decades. A Richmond Fed economist challenges the conventional wisdom that declining stigma is at the root of the increase.

Hard Times

North Carolina's northeast counties are among the poorest in the nation. Can they reverse course?

Happy Trails

Horses are used more for pleasure than business, but they still have a place in Fifth District agriculture.
Web Exclusive: Mules Are Equines Too

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