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2015 SCE Housing Survey Shows Households Optimistic About Housing Market

May 28th, 2015
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by Andreas Fuster, Basit Zafar, and Micah Smith - Liberty Street Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York today released results from its 2015 SCE Housing Survey. The survey, administered to 1,205 U.S. household heads in February, is a follow-up to the one conducted in February 2014. The purpose of the effort is to collect rich and high-quality information on consumers' experiences and expectations regarding housing. The survey collects data on individuals' perceptions and expectations of the growth in home prices, intentions regarding moving or buying a new home, and their access to credit, among other things.

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What Do Banking Supervisors Do?

May 28th, 2015
in econ_news

by Beverly Hirtle and David Lucca - Liberty Street Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

In most developed economies, banking is among the most regulated and supervised sectors. While "regulation" and "supervision" are often used interchangeably, these two activities are distinct. Banking supervision is a complement to regulation, but its scope is much broader than simply ensuring that an institution is in compliance with regulation. Despite the importance of supervision, information about it is often limited, both because of the heavy reliance upon banks' confidential information and because many supervisory activities and actions are themselves confidential.

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Early Headlines: No Fastest Way to Harlem, Sunnis without Homes in Iraq, Norway Restricts Investment in Coal and More

May 28th, 2015
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Early Bird Headlines 28 May 2015

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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Looking Forward: The Path For Monetary Policy

May 27th, 2015
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by John C. Williams - President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

There are two questions I'm asked on an almost daily basis right now, so I'll preempt the Q and A and get to them right off the bat. One of them is: Given first-quarter weakness, am I revising my outlook for the year? So far, I've been relatively upbeat about the economic outlook and the direction we're heading. The answer leads me to something I say frequently: We need to look at data over the longer term. We can't get distracted by blips and temporary downs - or ups for that matter.

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The Eurodollar Market In The United States

May 27th, 2015
in econ_news

by Marco Cipriani and Julia Gouny - Liberty Street Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

In February, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's trading desk announced it will publish a new overnight bank funding rate early next year. The new rate will be based on both federal funds and Eurodollar transactions reported in a new data collection - the FR 2420 Report of Selected Money Market Rates. In a previous post, we explained how FR 2420 fed funds transaction data will replace brokered data as the base for the fed funds effective rate. This post provides insights on the Eurodollar market in advance of the publication of the overnight bank funding rate.

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