First Quarter, Volume 6, Number 1

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Fed @ Issue


State of the States

Q & A

Research Notes & News

Book Review

Southeastern Economic Indicators

Back Ground


      Volume 6, Number 1, First Quarter 2004

Consumer Debt: How Much Is Too Much?

Consumer spending drives the U.S. economy, and consumers shoulder record levels of personal debt. Determining when household debt becomes too heavy, however, is no simple matter. Whether consumers are struggling with their obligations or are managing their debt adequately depends on the criteria used to measure household debt.

Southeastern Exports: Engine for Growth

Agriculture, manufacturing, and automobiles lead the surge that Southeastern exports have recently experienced. The Southeast’s exports overall are expanding faster than those of the rest of the nation, and the outlook for continued growth is promising.

Georgia Coast Braces for G-8 Whirlwind

With the G-8 Summit in June, representatives of the world’s leading economies—along with vast media coverage—will converge on an isolated barrier island off Georgia’s coast. Local leaders are hoping to capitalize on the publicity windfall while avoiding the strife that has marred some past summits.