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October 20, 2023

Monetary Policy
What Is the U.S. Federal Reserve?

Over the past decade, the Fed kept interest rates low while it deployed trillions of dollars in stimulus and expanded its regulatory oversight. Now, the central bank is back in the spotlight for its …

A stone bald eagle perches on the Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC.

March 27, 2024

United States
Modernizing the Federal Student Loan Experience

President Biden wants to modernize the federal student loan system. The U.S. Postal Service and Affordable Care Act can show him how.

Education

May 16, 2024

RealEcon
The Fed’s Trade-Offs as It Navigates Inflation and Growth in 2024

The Federal Reserve’s dual mandate of price stability and maximum employment presents trade-offs as the Fed grapples with the next move of interest rates. 

The exterior of the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 14, 2022.

February 1, 2024

Russia
Mobilizing Russia’s Immobilized Reserves

A quick note on the debate over the use of Russia’s frozen reserves.

Euro banknotes at a money exchange office.

June 15, 2023

United States
The History and Future of the Federal Reserve’s 2 Percent Target Rate of Inflation

The Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target rate of inflation is not strictly empirically derived. Should it modify this target moving forward?

Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Jerome H. Powell participates in a panel during the Central Bank Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden.

July 19, 2023

United States
The Dollar: The World’s Reserve Currency

The dollar’s role as the primary reserve currency for the global economy allows the United States to borrow money more easily and impose painful financial sanctions. Other countries are beginning to …

Three $1 bills lie on top of one another, filling the frame.

January 5, 2024

Maternal and Child Health
Women This Week: Texas Abortion Ban Overrides Federal Guidance

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers December 30 to January 5.

Empty boxes of Mifepristone pills, the first drug used in a medication abortion, fill a trash can at Alamo Women's Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S., January 11, 2023.