Fall 2014

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Fall 2014 issue

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Credit conditions limit the housing recovery

In the past, home sales have recovered modestly following recessions. The most recent financial crisis—and the aftermath of regulatory reform—however, have made the recent housing recovery more difficult.

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Healthcare reform's role in the labor market

Some economists say healthcare reform could increase the self-employment rate because it breaks the link between paid-employment and health coverage by introducing new avenues to purchase insurance.

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Sawyer's Sway

Many consider Jo Zach Miller, Jr., to be the first president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; however, Charles Manville Sawyer was president when the Bank opened for business Nov. 16, 1914.

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A central role in payments

Industry collaboration and engagement is essential to any enduring strategic improvements to the U.S. payments system.

Summer 2014

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Summer 2014 issue

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Transporting Crude

The United States could become the world’s largest oil producer by 2016, but most existing oil pipelines are unable to handle the added volume.

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Mobile Money

Although consumers in the United States largely have not adopted mobile payments, merchants think new technologies on the market will overcome current barriers.

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After the recession: The continuing recovery of community banks

While the health of community banks has recovered significantly since the financial crisis, commentary from bankers and industry analysts suggest they are still struggling.

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Structure matters: The decentralized Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve’s founders understood that the long-term success and credibility of the institution would rely on its ability to gain support outside the Washington-New York corridor of political and financial interests.

Spring 2014

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Spring 2014 issue

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Blessing or Curse?

New drilling methods have increased U.S. natural gas and oil production to an all-time high, but do resource booms lead to an economic "blessing" or a resource "curse"?

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Assisting the Unemployed

Federal Reserve economists determined that extended jobless benefits during the recovery increased the unemployment rate by half a percentage point.

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Consumer Debt on the Rise

When economic conditions worsened in 2007, Americans' grip on their wallets tightened. Now it looks like that trend has reversed as consumers are spending again.

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President's Message

The goal of zero interest rates and quantitative easing is to boost economic growth. But these policy settings also carry risks to long-term financial stability and stable growth.

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2013 Annual Report

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.

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Commitment to Diversity: 2013 Report to Congress

The Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), established in late 2010 as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, continues a long tradition of diversity at the Kansas City Fed.

Winter 2014

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Winter 2014 Issue

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Putting the boom in multifamily

Slowing population growth and the retirement of baby boomers could significantly dampen growth of single-family construction and boost long-term growth in multifamily housing.

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The durability of durable goods

One unexpected response to the decline in interest rates during the recovery was the weakening of consumer spending on durable goods.

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Calculating the impact

While several studies have noted the affect an aging U.S. population will have on future tax revenues, few have calculated the projected impact across states.

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Honoring Robert L. Owen

The Kansas City Fed dedicates new history exhibit that commemorates the Federal Reserve System’s 100th anniversary and the man who helped make it all possible.

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President's Message

The outlook for both the economy and community banks is brighter, but challenges remain.