Economic Trends

Economic Trends is a monthly economic journal that provides analyses of current economic developments. Its audience consists of economists, bankers and those studying economics. Founded in 1979, Economic Trends has a circulation of about 8,800 and is non-paid. The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland publishes this periodical.

Articles from May

A Return to Lower Levels of Investment Activity
05.04.1 7 Economic growth continues to be modest compared to previous recoveries. Real GDP rose only at a 2.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2012, according to the advance estimate from the BEA, and over the course of the recovery so...
Bank Capitalization
05.01.2012 Over the last 20 years, the financial sector has become larger, more complex, and more interconnected. While this expansion has facilitated the development of new financial products and markets, it has also introduced new risks to the...
Is the Renminbi Challenging the Dollar's Reserve Status?
04.25.2012 Since its inception in 1999, the euro has gained ground against the dollar as an official reserve--a currency that foreign governments hold to facilitate their transactions in foreign-exchange markets. The dollar emerged after World War...
Labor Markets: Glass Half Empty ... Glass Half Empty
05.08.2012 The April 2012 employment report offered a mixed bag of results. Payroll employment growth was modest, with the economy adding 115,000 jobs in April. The private service sector provided the bulk of the gains in April (+116,000), while...
Regional Differences in Household Income
05.01.2012 Statistics on the distribution of personal income by region can be helpful context for thinking about many important questions. Can lower labor costs help the Southern states to lure corporate operations? Do the higher salaries of the...
Slow Employment Recoveries, Monetary Policy, and Expected Inflation
04.25.2012 Since the early 1990s, employment growth has been persistently slow coming out of recessions. This phenomenon, often described as a "jobless" recovery, has become increasingly severe over the past two decades, posing new challenges for...
Strategically Distressed
05.01.2012 It has been over two-and-a-half years since the National Bureau of Economic Research called an end to the recession that began in late 2007. Nonetheless, the recession's negative effects on the U.S. housing market remain. One potential...
Yield Curve and Predicted GDP Growth, April 2012
Covering March 24, 2012--April 25, 2012 Overview of the Latest Yield Curve Figures Over the past month, the yield curve has flattened, as short rates stayed even and long rates fell. The three-month Treasury bill dropped to 0.08 percent (for...
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