Fourth Quarter, Volume 19, Number 4

Vol. 19, No. 4,
Fourth Quarter 2006


Point of Purchase
Fuels E-Check Growth

Atlanta Fed Publishes
Online Payments Guide

Agencies Propose Rules
to Prevent ID Theft

Fed Vice Chair: Payment
System Still Evolving

Bank Profitability Strong
in '05, Report Says

Comments Requested
on Basel II Rules

New Governor Joins
Federal Reserve Board

Study Explores Credit
Notice Attitudes

Payroll Cards to Receive
Added Protection

FHLBs' Risk Taking
Behaviors Examined

Nontraditional Mortgage
Guidance Issued

Atlanta Fed Welcomes
SBAL Council Members


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Electronic Check Process

Point of Purchase Conversions Fuel Electronic Check Growth in 2006

Electronic check conversions, including those at retail cash registers, continue to grow rapidly. With rule changes in 2007, back office conversions of retail checks are expected to become popular.

Paying For It online publication

New Online Publication Helps Consumers Understand Payments

New payment methods are proliferating as technology increases the options available to consumers. The Atlanta Fed has published a guide to help consumers understand the payment system and the Fed's role in it.

Identity theft

Regulatory Agencies Propose Identity Theft Rules

Identity theft is a serious and growing problem. The Federal Reserve and other agencies are proposing rules that would require financial institutions and creditors to establish programs to combat the crime.

Governor Kohn

Payment Technologies May Prompt Further Changes, Fed Vice Chairman Says

As the nation's payment system evolves toward greater use of electronics, the Fed will change accordingly and continue to play a central role in the system, says the Fed's vice chairman.

Dollar Index

Did You Know? Dollar Index Charts Value of U.S. Currency

Tracking the fluctuations in the dollar's relative value against that of the United States' major trading partners is the purpose of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Dollar Index.