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Editor's Note: This publication is posted on a rolling schedule and content will be added throughout the quarter.

Bernanke: Fed Nurtures Links with Community Banks
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently discussed the importance of the Fed's relationship with community banks, the Fed's desire to maintain an open dialogue with smaller banks, and the challenges community banks face in today's environment.
One in Five in U.S. Using Mobile Banking
Given the ubiquity of mobile phones, it's not surprising that using mobile phones for bank transactions is becoming common. A recent Federal Reserve survey showed that one fifth of U.S. consumers accessed their bank accounts via mobile phone last year, and that number is growing fast.
Fed Gov. Raskin: Low Interest Rates Not a Major Drag on Households
Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin recently discussed the intended effects on households of the Fed's policy of keeping interest rates low, noting that the policy's long-run goal is a stronger economy that leads to higher returns for savers and investors.
Fed Releases Banks' Plans to Remedy Foreclosure Servicing Problems
The Federal Reserve Board recently released plans that nine large financial institutions submitted to fix problems in their residential mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing. Among other steps, the banks discuss how they will strengthen communications and compliance.
Atlanta Fed CEO: Economy "Noticeably Better" in 2012
Recent positive economic data suggest that the recovery may be gaining traction, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said during a recent speech. Improvements in employment, household income, and credit expansion support the view that growth in 2012 will improve upon 2011.
Fed Chair Bernanke: No "Silver Bullet" for Housing Woes
The slow recovery of the U.S. housing market has been well documented. In a recent speech, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that while no quick fix exists for the market, some new approaches can help steer the market in a healthier direction.
Fed Chair Bernanke: Fed Attuned to Community Banks' Concerns
Because of community banks' importance to the local communities they serve, the Federal Reserve stays informed about issues that matter to them, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke recently said. He added that community banks also provide crucial grassroots economic information that informs policy.
Consumer Credit Up Sharply in Late 2011
Among reports of easing consumer credit standards, consumer credit outstanding grew late last year, according to recent data from the Federal Reserve. The increase was buoyed primarily by an increase in student and credit card loans.
Reserve Banks Return $77 Billion to U.S. Treasury
In 2011, the Federal Reserve System transferred $76.9 billion to the U.S. Treasury. This revenue represents most of the Reserve Banks' net income and came from a number of sources.
Fed Gov. Raskin Discusses Small-Bank Supervision
Bank regulators must have a real understanding of the local economy to effectively supervise community banks, Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin said in a recent speech. This supervisory approach differs from the one used to supervise larger, more complex financial institutions, she said.
Atlanta Fed President Explores Fundamentals Shaping the Recovery
The recovery of the U.S. economy is likely to remain tepid in 2012, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said in a recent speech. He discussed five basic forces that are shaping the recovery and what role they could play in 2012.
Housing Recovery Key to Stronger Economy, Says Fed Governor Duke
Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth Duke recently said she expects the U.S. economy to grow modestly in 2012, despite persistent headwinds. However, she noted that a more robust housing market is key to a strong recovery.

Viewpoint

Introduction
The new edition of "ViewPoint," from the Atlanta Fed's supervision and regulation division, includes coverage of the Atlanta Fed's recent banking outlook conference, with video interviews of some conference participants. The edition also looks at current national and regional banking conditions.
Spotlight: Outlook Conference
State of the District
National Banking Trends