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The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta produces a variety of publications and other materials dealing with economic and financial topics. These appeal to a wide range of readers, from students and teachers of economics to bankers, business people, and professional economists.

Banking

Community Reinvestment: Does Your Bank Measure Up? describes how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) affects the way banks and thrifts serve their communities' credit needs. The booklet outlines factors that regulators use to rate a bank's CRA performance and tells where to find information on a bank's rating.

Crisis Preparedness: Reconnecting the Financial Lifeline is a DVD that covers crisis preparedness issues of interest to bankers and first responders.

The Director's Primer: Guide to Management Oversight and Banking Regulation (12.3 MB pdf document)  Español (550 KB pdf document)

Financial Update is an online publication that is updated continuously with articles of interest to the banking community, including state of the economy speeches, updates on services, research on banking trends, and changes in Federal Reserve regulations. Podcasts featuring interviews with subject matter experts accompany each quarterly issue. RSS Feed RSS | Podcast Financial Update Focus

News from FedACH is the Federal Reserve Banks' nationwide, quarterly ACH newsletter that is designed for FedACH customers interested in seeing ACH fulfill its role as the nation's premier electronic payment service. offsite


Community Development

Community Affairs in the Federal Reserve System pdf document provides an overview of the Federal Reserve System's Community Affairs program.

Community Reinvestment: Does Your Bank Measure Up? describes how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) affects the way banks and thrifts serve their communities' credit needs. The booklet outlines factors that regulators use to rate a bank's CRA performance and tells where to find information on a bank's rating.

Discussion Papers address emerging and critical issues in community development. Our goal is to provide information on topics that will be useful to the many actors involved in community development—governments, nonprofits, financial institutions, and beneficiaries.

The Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty in America: Case Studies from Communities Across the U.S. profiles sixteen communities and reveals the dynamics affecting people living in poverty and the policies that will be needed to bring poor people and poor communities into the economic mainstream.

Facing the Risk of Foreclosure provides answers to frequently asked questions on foreclosure prevention. Español pdf document

Mortgage Delinquency and Foreclosure Trends are quarterly reports providing information on mortgage market conditions in each of the six states that compose the Sixth Federal Reserve District: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Partners Update is an online newsletter addressing community and economic development trends, issues, and events. Updated continuously, it offers timely articles, research roundups, and links to podcasts created by the Atlanta Fed's Community and Economic Development group.

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Partners in Community and Economic Development, a magazine published occasionally by Community and Economic Development at the Atlanta Fed, keeps financial institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other practitioners abreast of the latest community development issues and trends.


Consumer Information

Dollars and Cents: Fundamental Facts about U.S. Money shares historical information and fun facts about U.S. currency and coin. This interactive publication explains how money is designed and made, what some of its features are, how it circulates, and more.

A Guide to Your First Bank Account describes the advantages of having a bank account, outlining the types of accounts available and how to open and manage an account. The brochure also answers some basic questions about information security, privacy protection, and banking resources for non-English speakers.

Paying for It: Checks, Cash, and Electronic Payments provides information about the most common methods of making payments and describes the Federal Reserve's role in the nation's payment system. The document describes how checks and electronic payments work and discusses how currency is processed and distributed. Available only online.


Economic Research
EconSouth
The Atlanta Fed's quarterly magazine on the Southeastern economy was revamped in 2009 to incorporate a new design and content. In-depth stories explore topics relevant to the regional, national, and international economies. Regular features include "Grassroots," an economic profile of a midsize city in the Southeast; a Q&A with an industry or economic expert; and a "Fed@Issue" column. The most significant new feature is a section highlighting the work of the Atlanta Fed's Regional Economic Information Network (REIN). This section includes "Regional Update," examining a core economic sector; "On the Ground," an interview with one of the Atlanta Fed's five regional executives stationed across the Southeast; the D6 Factor, the Atlanta Fed's unique Southeastern economic indicator; "Data Corner," focused on a specific data series or indicator; summaries of regional university studies; and "Econ 101," a primer on an economic topic. RSS Feed RSS | Podcast EconSouth Now

Papers
The Atlanta Fed offers several series of papers presenting the scholarly research of Atlanta Fed staff economists and visiting scholars. Community Affairs discussion papers address topical issues in community development.

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Economic Review, a policy research journal, ceased publication with the final 2010 issue. Articles from 1996 through 2010 are available online. You may also request single print copies of back issues and articles. Future policy-related research from the Atlanta Fed will be published occasionally in a policy paper series.


Education Resources

Dollars and Cents: Fundamental Facts about U.S. Money shares historical information and fun facts about U.S. currency and coin. This interactive publication explains how money is designed and made, what some of its features are, how it circulates, and more.

Extra Credit is an online newsletter, posting articles six times a year, designed to help teachers looking for timely information on economic and personal finance topics, lesson plans, and ideas for use in the classroom. Each issue also includes a calendar of upcoming teacher workshops or other events sponsored by the Fed or its education partners. Available only online. RSS

Katrina's Classroom: Financial Lessons from a Hurricane is a free video-based curriculum designed to teach middle school and high school students and their parents the importance of being financially prepared. The curriculum focuses on financial responsibilities such as budgeting, banking, savings, and wise use of credit. The videos, an English/Spanish transcript, and lesson plans can be downloaded or ordered as a DVD/CD set.


The Federal Reserve
The Annual Report contains a photo essay highlighting the Bank's diverse and unique roles and functions. The report, published each April, also provides financial statements and lists of current directors and officers.

A History of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta: 1914-1989 provides a detailed review of the Bank's first 75 years. Through personal recollections and official bank records, author Richard H. Gamble recounts the Atlanta Fed's evolution in response to developments in the region, nation, and financial services industry. Available only online.

Federal Reserve Structure and Functions outlines the organizational structure of the Federal Reserve System and describes the Fed's major functions, including the formulation of monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and services to depository institutions and the federal government. The booklet also gives a short history of the Federal Reserve's evolution and explains the significance of central bank independence. 20 pages.


Resources
Fed in Print Links off-site
An index to all Federal Reserve System published economic research, 1987–present.

Federal Reserve System Publications Catalog Links off-site
A comprehensive guide to all online, printed, and audio/visual materials available from the Federal Reserve System.