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

Third Quarter 2010

Region Focus Cover

Cover Story

Fuzzy Math: Public pensions are underfunded – how bad is it?

Millions of Americans rely on public pensions for retirement, but the funding status of many plans took a big hit during the recession. Some observers worry that public pensions will prove to be a major economic problem, while others say the issue will largely resolve itself as the economy recovers.
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Continental Divide: How did the European debt crisis become so severe?

Fiscal problems in a number of European countries have raised concerns about long-term economic performance and the future of the eurozone, as well as the implications for the American economy.
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Furniture Firms Eke Out Gains

Furniture sales began to pick up in the first half of 2010 after slumping during the recession. Custom upholstery and mattress manufacturing represent two bright spots in the domestic furniture industry.
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Out from the Shadows

The financial crisis shed light on the so-called “shadow” banking sector, the not clearly understood area in which much of the turmoil took place. Understanding the functions, purpose, and instabilities of the system will be key to successful reform.
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Can the Music Industry Adapt to the Digital Future?

Digital downloads and illegal file sharing signal a need for the music industry to adopt a new business strategy. But the jury is still out on how artists and labels can profit in a world where consumer preferences have fundamentally changed.
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