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August 19, 2022

Our second Economic Mobility Project virtual event brought economics and policy professionals together to discuss the racial wealth gap in America — and how discriminatory twentieth century housing policies have compounded over generations to affect the wealth of individuals and families today. Watch the full event 2:04 - Economic Facts about the U.S. Weal... Read More

May 6, 2022

By Chicago Fed staff writer In August 2020, after a nearly two-year review, the Federal Reserve released an important update to the monetary policy framework that guides its work. Under the new framework, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will continue to pursue maximum employment, as directed by its dual mandate, and will consider maximum employment “a broad-based and inclusive goal.” On... Read More

April 26, 2022

By Chicago Fed staff writer Throughout the pandemic, the Chicago Fed has heard that the need to address learning and opportunity gaps for youth is a first-order concern for their well-being and future success. Fortunately, though the pandemic presented innumerable disruptions and challenges for schools and students, it also created opportunities for educators and communities to innovate. In a rec... Read More

By Elizabeth Kepner, Leslie McGranahan       March 1, 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected people differently, depending on their location, access to health care, job status, and socioeconomic status. In this blog post, we compare Covid case and death rates in each wave of the pandemic with poverty rates across Chicago zip codes to investigate the different impacts on Chicago’s communities. What we discover is a distinct relationship between case rat... Read More

By Nomaan Chandiwalla       January 31, 2022

On October 19, 2021, the Financial Markets Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted its eighth annual Central Counterparties (CCP) Risk Management conference. The conference opened and concluded with remarks from Alessandro Cocco, vice president and head of the Chicago Fed’s Financial Markets Group. The event featured a panel on the U.S. Treasury market structure that was moderated... Read More

By Caroline Beetz Fenske       December 23, 2021

The Chicago Fed hosted its 35th annual Economic Outlook Symposium (EOS) on December 3, 2021. Distinguished economists and industry specialists reported on economic and sectoral performance in 2021, provided projections for 2022, and discussed key policy issues. This blog post provides highlights of those presentations and discussions. Discussion of the economy and consensus outloo... Read More

By Kathy Cobb       December 14, 2021

Biofuels have been on a roller coaster ride over the past two decades, driven up initially by the national renewable fuel standard (RFS) program that triggered ethanol's heyday from 2002 to 2010 with growing corn prices and surging farmland values—until 2013, when ethanol growth plateaued. Bio-based diesel hit a peak in 2016 and then it too reached a plateau. Leslie McGranahan, vice president and... Read More

By Aaron Berlowe, Jane Frost, Tim Palmersheim, Pamela Kennedy       November 29, 2021

The annual Community Bankers Symposium is an interagency event, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). This year's event, which focused on technology, security, and regulatory initiatives to prepare banks for the fu... Read More

This is our second post summarizing the 2021 Community Bankers Symposium, held virtually on October 22. Our first post covered the opening remarks, keynote address, and a special presentation on the future by Brett King. Read it here. In this post, we summarize the view from the CSBS, expert perspectives on cyber security, the regulatory panel, and new initiatives from... Read More

November 23, 2021

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic, Black-led businesses faced unequal access to capital that limited their ability to sustain themselves and grow. But with Black-led businesses nationwide reportedly receiving a disproportionately lower share of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, especially at the first round of disbursement, the pandemic has cast a spotligh... Read More

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