From the President

Charles Evans

President and CEO


What We Learn from a Sovereign Debt Restructuring in France in 1721

Past examples of debt restructurings yield important insights into what is technically and politically feasible for governments facing financial crisis.

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Cleared Margin Setting at Selected Central Counterparties

Interviews with senior personnel at six of the world’s largest central counterparty clearing houses and research by financial markets staff shed light on regulations, principles and best practices in margin setting for derivatives.

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What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

ProfitWise News and Views presents a collection of essays exploring wealth building, household financial well-being and economic inclusion in underserved Chicago communities.  Read More

How Corporate Cash Flows Are Being Used Today

Chicago Fed Letter examines how firms allocate their cash flows by tracking trends in their capital expenditure, shareholder payouts and debt.

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Small Business Lending After the Financial Crisis: A New Competitive Landscape for Community Banks

Economic Perspectives considers the effects of the financial crisis and regulations on lending by community banks.

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Using Private Sector 'Big Data' as an Economic Indicator: The Case of Construction Spending

Data collected by a private sector construction management firm are a leading indicator for total U.S. construction spending and provide information beyond publicly available data.

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Recent News

Survey Shows Growth Slowed in October and Early November

The Chicago Fed Survey of Business Conditions (CFSBC) Activity Index decreased to –20 from +9, suggesting that growth in economic activity slowed to a modest pace in October and early November.

Midwest Economic Growth Picked Up in October

The Midwest Economy Index (MEI) was –0.01 in October, up from –0.11 in September.

Economic Growth Increased Slightly in October

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) was –0.08 in October, up from –0.23 in September.

The Global Diffusion of Ideas and Its Impact on Productivity and Growth

Chicago Fed Letter discusses how the cross-border transmission of knowledge affects a country’s productivity based on its openness to trade and other factors.

Midwest Farmland Values Down in Third Quarter

Latest AgLetter reports Seventh District farmland values in the third quarter of 2016 were 3 percent lower than a year ago.

Slide Presentation Outlines U.S. Economic Conditions

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans spoke October 24 at the University Club of Chicago and shared his thoughts on monetary policy and national economic conditions. 


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