Highlights of Published Content

2017

Feb 16, 2017

Housing Instability: Single-Family Evictions in One Atlanta Metro County

A recent discussion paper examines housing instability and the rise of institutional investors in Fulton County's single-family rental housing. Partners Update discusses the findings and implications for communities and families.

Feb 16, 2017

Market Probability Tracker Updated

Find out how Fed Chair Yellen's remarks on the economy and January's consumer price index release affected the market's assessment of future rate moves at the Market Probability Tracker.

Feb 16, 2017

GDPNow Forecast for First Quarter Increases

On February 16, the GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth in the first quarter of 2017 is 2.4 percent. View GDPNow for more details.

Feb 15, 2017

Fed Access Podcast Looks at Strengthening Mobile Home Communities

Tune in to learn how organizations are helping manufactured home residents across the country take ownership of their communities to improve economic stability and security. Partners Update provides more details.

Feb 15, 2017

Atlanta Fed Taylor Rule Utility Updated

The data have been updated to incorporate recent releases from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Cleveland and Atlanta Fed model nowcasts.

Feb 15, 2017

myCPI Features January Data, Sticky-Price CPI Up 3.4 Percent

The Atlanta Fed's myCPI tool has been updated with January data. Compare your personal consumer price index with the U.S. average. The sticky-price CPI rose 3.4 percent (annualized) in January, following a 2.8 percent increase in December.

Feb 15, 2017

February Business Inflation Expectations Unchanged

Firms continue to anticipate 2.0 percent inflation over the coming year. In this month's survey, firms rate their optimism about the U.S. economy and their own firm's financial prospects.

Feb 15, 2017

February Business Inflation Expectations Unchanged

Firms continue to anticipate 2.0 percent inflation over the coming year. In this month's survey, firms rate their optimism about the U.S. economy and their own firm's financial prospects.

Feb 14, 2017

Crisis, Recession, and Recovery: 2007-16

President Lockhart speaks February 14 to the Huntsville Rotary Club on the economic story of the past decade.

Feb 14, 2017

Sound Risk Management and Commercial Real Estate Concentrations

Banks need to have a sound risk management framework in place for effective commercial real estate lending. A new article in Economy Matters' "ViewPoint" takes a look at many of the available resources.

Feb 13, 2017

Does a High-Pressure Labor Market Bring Long-Term Benefits?

A tighter-than-normal labor market can pose economic problems, but evidence shows that a high-pressure environment can also confer advantages in the event of a recession. A macroblog post considers individuals' experiences.

Feb 13, 2017

Investigating the Trend in Office Renovations

For the past year, the Atlanta Fed has been hearing lots of anecdotes from business contacts about the number of office property renovations occurring. Real Estate Research digs into the data to understand the trends.

Feb 13, 2017

The Five-Star That Flops

Mobile commerce may be like the two-star recruit who goes on to lead the team to victory, while mobile payments may be like the five-star bust. Read more in this week's Take On Payments post.

Feb 09, 2017

Employer Perspectives on Southeast Labor Market Conditions

Employers across the Southeast report that they plan to increase staffing levels. That's one finding of a recent Atlanta Fed poll of southeastern business contacts. This article shows poll results in a series of charts.

Feb 07, 2017

Net Exports Continue to Bedevil GDPNow

The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow tool anticipates changes in gross domestic product by forecasting its associated subcomponents. A macroblog post by GDPNow's creator discusses some recent difficulties the model has had forecasting net exports.

Feb 07, 2017

Labor Market Spider Chart Updated with December JOLTS Data

Monitor labor market progress with our Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart, now with December data on job openings, hires, layoffs, and quits (JOLTS).

Feb 07, 2017

February Data Digests Released

View our interactive charts that feature regional and national data on economic performance and labor market trends.

Feb 06, 2017

Examining Changes in Labor Force Participation

Given the byzantine complexity of social and demographic factors swirling around the labor market, it's understandable that the labor force participation rate exhibits significant movement over time. A macroblog post looks at some of these factors and how their impact has shifted.

Feb 06, 2017

Exploring Atlanta's Community Development Landscape with Governor Lael Brainard

Fed Governor Brainard visited Atlanta neighborhoods with community and economic development and supervision and regulation team members. They met with community members and organizations to discuss local efforts, reports Partners Update.

Feb 06, 2017

ACH: No Trace Left Behind

ACH—Automated Clearing House—offers no definitive method for identifying a payment and any associated return, dishonored return, or contested-dishonored. Take On Payments looks at the issue and offers a solution.

Feb 03, 2017

An Eventful Decade: Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart Looks Back at His Tenure

After a decade at the helm of the Atlanta Fed, Dennis Lockhart is preparing to step down as president and CEO. In this Economy Matters podcast episode, Lockhart looks back at his time leading the Bank. podcast

Feb 03, 2017

Labor Market Tracking Tools Updated with January Data

What do January employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics mean for the outlook for labor markets? Check out the Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart and the Jobs Calculator to find out.

Feb 02, 2017

Labor Force Participation Dynamics Updated

Almost 63 percent of the population was employed or actively looking for work in the fourth quarter of 2016, one of the lowest rates of labor force participation since the late 1970s. Find out more on the Atlanta Fed's Labor Force Participation Dynamics web pages, now updated with new data and charts.

Feb 01, 2017

Still Very Little Evidence of Recession

The GDP-based recession indicator index, at 5.3, indicates that the U.S. economy is still expanding.

Feb 01, 2017

Atlanta Fed Names Buchanan Vice President and General Auditor, Keeley Assistant Vice President and Announces Gibson Move to Supervision and Regulation

Joan Buchanan has been named vice president and general auditor, Dana Keeley has been named assistant vice president in the Retail Payments Office (RPO), and Mark Gibson has been named assistant vice president for the credit and risk management function in the Atlanta Fed's supervision and regulation division.

Jan 30, 2017

The Revolving Door

The so-called revolving door between industry and the regulatory agencies is a recurring concern. This Notes from the Vault post provides a high-level overview of this issue.

Jan 30, 2017

Pssst…Have You Heard about PSD2?

A number of major changes are coming to the European banking landscape, thanks to the recently adopted revised Directive on Payments Services. Take On Payments asks, can the United States learn anything from this piece of legislation?

Jan 26, 2017

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Taking the Pulse of Commercial Construction

Most respondents expect nonresidential construction activity to increase in the first quarter, while expectations for the pace of multifamily construction activity continue to level off.

Jan 26, 2017

Deflation Probabilities Remain at 0 Percent

On January 25, the 2015–20 and 2016–21 deflation probabilities were 0 percent.

Jan 26, 2017

International Trade and Comparative Advantage Lesson

Are you searching for meaningful ways to integrate technology like digital content into your lessons? If so, Extra Credit's lesson on international trade and comparative advantage has great ideas for you!

Jan 25, 2017

Uneven Opportunity: Variation in Employers' Educational Preferences for Middle-Skills Jobs

New Philadelphia and Atlanta Fed research explores why employer preferences for bachelor's degrees for the most prevalent opportunity occupations differ significantly between metro areas. Partners Update summarizes the findings.

Jan 25, 2017

International Trade and Comparative Advantage Lesson

Are you searching for meaningful ways to integrate technology like digital content into your lessons? If so, Extra Credit's lesson on international trade and comparative advantage has great ideas for you!

Jan 24, 2017

Southeast's Airports Affected by Cutbacks but Get Boost from Discount Airlines

As airports in smaller communities in the Southeast lose commercial flights, many are implementing distinctive strategies to attract customers. Economy Matters discusses some of these strategies.

Jan 24, 2017

Risk and Return Grab Bag

Get your students thinking about saving and investing strategies with this new Bell Ringer activity. Students will build a hypothetical portfolio to understand the trade-off between risk and return.

Jan 23, 2017

Mobile Banking and Payments Survey Results

Many financial institutions cite biometric methodologies as the security tool they would most likely use in their mobile banking and payments program. Read more findings of the 2016 survey in Take On Payments post.

Jan 23, 2017

Report Released on 2016 Mobile Banking and Payments Survey

The Atlanta Fed today issued results of the 2016 Mobile Banking and Payments Survey of Financial Institutions in the Sixth District.

Jan 23, 2017

Atlanta Fed Introduces Redesigned Website

Your favorite Atlanta Fed content is now easier than ever to find and explore, thanks to our newly redesigned website. We've always provided users with lots of data, and now working with data has never been easier. In addition, our redesign offers improved navigation and simplified content sharing.

Jan 20, 2017

Engaging Workforce Development: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations

How can banks participate in workforce development activities to meet their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)? Partners Update introduces a Fed resource that examines the topic.

Jan 19, 2017

Deflation Probabilities Decline

On January 18, the 2015–20 and 2016–21 deflation probabilities were 0 percent.

Jan 19, 2017

What Affects a Community's Ability to Raise Capital?

A Philadelphia Fed report provides insights on the metro area and organizational factors that affect a community's ability to attract foundation support for community and economic development activities. Learn more in Partners Update.

Jan 19, 2017

Make the Economy Matter! Digital Quizzes from the Atlanta Fed

Looking for a fun way to start your class? Extra Credit highlights all the digital quizzes from our Economy Matters publication. Blend timely economic topics with some friendly competition.

Jan 18, 2017

myCPI Features December Data, Sticky-Price CPI Up 3.0 Percent

The Atlanta Fed's myCPI tool has been updated with December data. Compare your personal consumer price index with the U.S. average. The sticky-price CPI rose 3.0 percent (annualized) in December, following a 2.6 percent increase in November.

Jan 18, 2017

Beige Book: Some Employers Pickier, Others Less So

Some Southeast employers are having trouble filling positions. Economy Matters summarizes the latest Beige Book.

Jan 17, 2017

Expanding Cybersecurity

Sharing information may be a part of strengthening cybersecurity, but it makes payments people a little nervous. That topic was part of the conversation at the recent FS-ISAC Fall Summit. Take On Payments continues the conversation.

Jan 17, 2017

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Home Prices Climb

Southeastern home prices continued to rise in December from the year-ago level, while sales flattened or were up slightly. See this month's survey to get all the results.

Jan 17, 2017

What Are College Athletes Wearing? Sports Apparel and the Southeastern Conference

Are you teaching a unit on market structure, market power, or oligopoly? Explore the concepts with this Bell Ringer activity on the relationship between the SEC football and sports apparel markets.

Jan 12, 2017

Deflation Probabilities Decline

On January 11, the 2016–21 deflation probability was 2 percent and the 2015–20 deflation probability was 0 percent.

Jan 11, 2017

Atlanta Fed Recognizes Employees with President's Award

The Atlanta Fed honored the recipients of its President's Award for Excellence in a ceremony today. Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Fed, presented the awards to the six employees who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding performance.

Jan 11, 2017

January Business Inflation Expectations Stable

Firms anticipate 2.0 percent inflation over the next 12 months, a slight decline from December's reading. Long-term inflation expectations—over the next five to 10 years—reached 2.8 percent.

Jan 11, 2017

January Business Inflation Expectations Stable

Firms anticipate 2.0 percent inflation over the next 12 months, a slight decline from December's reading. Long-term inflation expectations—over the next five to 10 years—reached 2.8 percent.

Jan 11, 2017

Bell Ringers: Mini-Lessons with a Hook

Teachers, get your students "hooked" on economics with our new Bell Ringer series. Extra Credit highlights nine highly engaging mini-lessons designed to spark student interest from the moment class begins.

Jan 11, 2017

Make the Economy Matter! Digital Quizzes from the Atlanta Fed

Looking for a fun way to start your class? Extra Credit highlights all the digital quizzes from our Economy Matters publication. Blend timely economic topics with some friendly competition.

Jan 11, 2017

Bell Ringers: Mini-Lessons with a Hook

Teachers, get your students "hooked" on economics with our new Bell Ringer series. Extra Credit highlights nine highly engaging mini-lessons designed to spark student interest from the moment class begins.

Jan 09, 2017

Crisis, Recession, and Recovery: 2007-16

Atlanta Fed President and CEO Dennis Lockhart, in a January 9 speech at the Rotary Club of Atlanta, looks at the economic story of the past decade.

Jan 09, 2017

The Year in Review

The U.S. migration to chip cards continued, with chip cards now representing about 70 percent of credit and debit cards. Take On Payments says goodbye to 2016 with a look at this and other payments-related issues that were relevant during the year.

Jan 06, 2017

Scam Alert

Beware of contact from someone claiming to be a Federal Reserve employee alerting you about your Federal Reserve account. For tips on how to avoid becoming a scam victim, and other helpful information, go to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors' website.

Jan 05, 2017

Bank Regulation Updates, Upcoming Events Discussed in New "ViewPoint"

The regulatory environment in which banks operate is one of rapid change. Mike Johnson, senior vice president of the Atlanta Fed's supervision and regulation division, discusses some of the regulatory changes and some associated informational events in his "ViewPoint" letter.

Jan 05, 2017

National, Regional Banking Conditions Detailed in Latest "ViewPoint"

The fourth quarter edition of Economy Matters’ “ViewPoint,” from the Atlanta Fed’s supervision and regulation division, takes a look at national and southeastern banking conditions, including earnings performance, asset quality, and more.

Jan 05, 2017

Deflation Probabilities Increase

On January 4, the 2016–21 deflation probability was 5 percent and the 2015–20 deflation probability was 0 percent.

Jan 05, 2017

To Fail or Not to Fail? A Discussion of Banking's "Too Big to Fail" Problem

The problem of financial institutions whose distress would be large enough to imperil the larger economy has vexed policymakers for decades. The Economy Matters podcast looks at some of the challenges involved in solving too big to fail. podcast

Jan 03, 2017

Atlanta Fed Names Dirr Vice President and Fix and Prime Assistant Vice Presidents

Angela Dirr has been named vice president and associate general counsel in the legal department, Travis Fix has been appointed assistant vice president for enterprise risk management, and Charles Prime has been appointed assistant vice president of facilities management.

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