Striving for stability in tumultuous times: The Fed's concern for financial markets
Part of the Federal Reserve's mission is to foster a stable economy and financial system. When financial markets become unstable, the Fed must weigh all aspects of market conditions to help mitigate the possibility of systemic risk.
The role of entrepreneurship in the economy
The U.S. economy depends on entrepreneurs and small businesses to contribute to overall GDP (gross domestic product). In fact, in 2007 nearly half the jobs in the private sector were in businesses with fewer than 50 employees.