Values for farmland across the region are rising sharply. But the sharp increase in land prices has raised concerns about whether the boom is sustainable.
For consumers needing a small-dollar, temporary loan, payday lenders are a popular - and expensive - option. Whether stronger regulations are needed for such loans is a point of debate.
Theory says households will immediately and sharply contract spending in times of economic uncertainty. Empirical data, however, suggests another scenario.
The regional Fed directors serve as a conduit between their local communities and the nation's central bank, offering insight and counsel on the economy drawn from their own expertise and contacts.
Summer 2011: Special Issue
A young man from Iowa directly out of college joins the Kansas City Fed's Supervision Department - and rises to the presidency.
President Tom Hoenig outlines his vision to reduce the costs and risks to the public safety net and financial system, and reintroduce accountability by restricting bank activities.
During his 20 years at the helm, Hoenig oversaw technological advancements at the Kansas City Fed as it became a technology leader in the Federal Reserve System.
PRESIDENTS OF THE TENTH DISTRICT: One of the most stable leadership positions in the entire Federal Reserve System
They've led the Kansas City Fed through the challenges of their times. Though their backgrounds are varied, each of the nine presidents brought a strong commitment to the Tenth District.
GAINING EXPERIENCE, BUILDING PERSPECTIVE: The events of President Hoenig's 38-year career at the Kansas City Fed
During his tenure, Hoenig worked through economic turmoil that ravaged the region's agriculture, energy and banking sectors in the 1980s; spoke out about firms known as "too big to fail;" oversaw the construction of a new Fed headquarters building; and more.
While homeowners in the past have been able to build more wealth over time than those who rented, research shows much depends on when a home is purchased and where it is located.
This region is historically energy and carbon-intensive, with several states heavily reliant on the farming and energy industries. Research shows it's these states that could be most challenged when it comes to meeting some type of federal emissions standards.
The regional Fed directors serve a a conduit between their local communities and the nation's central bank, offering perspective drawn from their own expertise and contacts.
Listings of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's officers, directors, advisory councils, roundtable groups and more, including a look at the organization's inner workings and the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.
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More students looking to save money are turning to community colleges before transferring to four-year colleges, while experienced workers who have been recently laid off are using community college resources to retool their skills for new careers. In both cases, community colleges are providing skills to meet the current and future demands of employers.
Understanding the degree to which banks might have been compromised in their ability to respond is important for policymakers considering what steps might be necessary to further protect the financial system and the economy from future calamity.
Kansas City Fed President Tom Hoenig speaks to thousands of audience members every year. In 2010, in particular, those discussions included regulatory reform, monetary policy decisions, the economy, the Fed’s role and more.
The regional Fed directors serve as a conduit between their local communities and the nation’s central bank, offering insight and counsel on the economy drawn from their own expertise and contacts.