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Research Notes–June 2008


Featuring research published in May 2008

Macroeconomics

Dollar Dropped to New Low in April
The average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reached a new low in April.

Finance

Issues in Central Bank Finance and Independence
Working Paper 2008-13
The authors consider the consequences of a central bank’s exposure to financial risk for the independence of its monetary policy when government assistance is not assured.

Financial and Real Integration
Working Paper 2008-14
The authors consider the consequences of a central bank’s exposure to financial risk for the independence of its monetary policy when government assistance is not assured.

Regional Economics

Regional Economic Information Network
The Regional Economic Information Network (REIN) released data and analysis on the D6 Factor—a broad measure of southeastern economic conditions—construction and real estate, consumer spending, financial services, industrial activity, labor markets, and state government finances for April.

Podcasts

Southeastern Economic Activity (MP3 5:18)
Southeastern Economic Perspectives
Michael Chriszt, an assistant vice president in the Atlanta Fed’s economic research department, discusses economic activity in the Southeast and the tools he uses to assess the state of the regional economy.

The Fed’s Liquidity Measures (MP3 10:44)
Financial Update Focus
David Altig, the Atlanta Fed’s senior vice president and director of research, discusses recent measures by the Federal Reserve to restore liquidity to financial markets.