From the President

Charles Evans

President and CEO

Features

New Issue of ProfitWise News and Views Available

Current issue of ProfitWise News and Views highlights two 2015 conferences exploring high-profile community redevelopment strategies and emerging trends in workforce development.

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Introducing the Chicago Fed Survey of Business Conditions

Economic Perspectives article describes a new survey methodology used to construct the Seventh District’s Beige Book report and related quantitative indexes tracking economic activity.

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Evolution of U.S. Overnight Money Market

Economic Perspectives video discusses the recent evolution of the U.S. overnight money market and how the Federal Reserve’s tools to implement monetary policy have evolved with the market.

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Recent News

Midwest Farmland Values Down Once Again

Latest AgLetter reports Seventh District farmland values for 2015 decreased 3 percent from the previous year, marking the second consecutive annual decline.

Mortgage Refinancing during the Great Recession: The Role of Credit Scores

Chicago Fed Letter asks whether deteriorating credit scores posed a barrier to mortgage refinancing during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath.

Labor Issues Facing Agriculture and the Rural Midwest

Chicago Fed Letter looks at labor-related issues confronting the Midwest’s rural economy, including health care and immigration.

How Much Debt Does the U.S. Government Owe?

Chicago Fed Letter analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of different measures of U.S. government debt.

Piketty’s Book and How We Measure Wealth Inequality

Chicago Fed Letter discusses Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which quantifies the evolution of wealth inequality and wealth concentration over time and across a number of countries.

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