ECONversations - November 18, 2013
The Atlanta Fed recently hosted its second economic webcast for banking professionals. Research Director Dave Altig provided updates on three key measures of the economy's performance—gross domestic product, unemployment and jobs, and inflation.
Know Your Customer: Third-Party Payment Processors
Third-party payment processors can pose a risk to financial institutions. Watch this video interview with Judy Long, executive vice president with First Citizens National Bank, who discusses how institutions can protect themselves and their customers against fraud.
Noted Economist Tests Theories in the Real World
University of Chicago economics professor John A. List conducts natural field experiments to help understand human motivation and behavior. List discusses his research, which ranges from why people contribute to charities to the pay gap between men and women.
The Fed Explains Good versus Bad Standards
Standardized measurements help us communicate about things that need to be exact, such as time and distance. The latest in the Atlanta Fed's animated video series highlights the importance of consistent standards and explains how the Fed keeps our standard measure of value—the U.S. dollar—stable.
Experts Explore Future of Housing
What challenges does the U.S. housing market face as it improves? The Urban Land Institute's Ron Terwilliger and Georgia Tech's Dan Immergluck explore housing issues and potential reforms at an Atlanta Fed event.
How Does Immigration Affect Housing Reform?
Immigration is an important contributor to the vitality of a community, said Jacob Vigdor, a professor of public policy and economics at Duke University. Vigdor spoke at the Atlanta Fed in September as part of the Perspectives on Real Estate Speaker Series. Watch highlights of his presentation.
It's about Ease of Use, Privacy, and Safety
The biggest challenge facing the payments industry these days is change in how fraud occurs, according to the president and CEO of Authentify. Watch this video interview with Peter Tapling as he discusses how financial institutions can improve customer authentication.
Balancing Risk and Customer Convenience
Advances in technology and data analytics are giving issuers more tools to spot payment card fraud. Watch this video interview with a card security expert as she discusses a risk-based authentication approach to making sure customers are who they say they are.
ECONversations - July 22, 2013
The Atlanta Fed hosted its first economic webcast for banking professionals, ECONversations. The webcast featured Dave Altig, Atlanta Fed research director. Altig gave an executive-level briefing on the economic and policy environment.
Has Innovation Peaked? Atlanta Forum Explores
When it comes to technological innovation, have we picked all of the low-hanging fruit? Some scholars say yes, but Northwestern University Professor Joel Mokyr has a different perspective.
The Fed Explains Regional Banks
The Fed's decentralized structure was put in place nearly 100 years ago. Does it still make sense? The latest in the Atlanta Fed's animated video series explains how the U.S. central bank's regional structure helps gather grassroots information about economic conditions across the nation.
Roundtable: Collaborating for the Future
Collaboration among experts in education, public health, financial stability, and employment is critical due to the interconnectedness of these areas. Watch the session highlights.
Using Data to Test and Tell
Combining disparate data sets to create a strategic framework can help address challenges facing low-income communities. Watch the session highlights.
Professor Discusses Higher Education Bubble
College students are taking on too much student loan debt for what may turn out to be disappointing career prospects, says law professor Glenn Reynolds, the speaker at a recent Atlanta Fed Public Affairs Forum. He explores some of the factors that have contributed to this mismatch.
The Fed Explains the Central Bank
The fourth in a series of animated videos about the Federal Reserve focuses on the origins, structure, and functions of the U.S. central bank. The video uses lively graphics and straightforward examples to explain the history of the Federal Reserve System and how its three main functions help foster a stable financial system and a growing economy.
Fiscal Uncertainty, Monetary Policy, and the Economic Outlook
The year 2013 will be pivotal, according to Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart. In a speech to the Atlanta Rotary Club, Lockhart noted that if policymakers address the country's remaining fiscal issues, this action will help reduce the uncertainty restraining the economy.