Magazine article Regional Economist

Fed Flash Poll Results

Magazine article Regional Economist

Fed Flash Poll Results

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When a new issue of The Regional Economist is published, at least one new poll is posted on our web site. The poll questions are always related to articles in that quarter's issue. Here are the results of the two polls that went with the October issue. The first stemmed from the article Low Interest Rates Have Benefits ... and Costs. The second stemmed from Factory Closings Shock Community into Opening Wallets for Economic Development.

WHAT IMPACT, IF ANY, HAVE THE UNUSUALLY LOW INTEREST RATES OF THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS HAD ON YOU?

* My finances haven't changed any.

* Lousy. I live on the interest on my savings.

* Great. I refinanced my mortgage, saving a bundle.

* What good are low interest rates if you can't get a loan?

* Good. I'm paying lower rates on some of my credit cards, and/or my home equity loan rate has fallen.

202 RESPONSES AS OF 12/17/2010

IF YOUR COMMUNITY IS STARVED FOR JOBS, HOW FAR WOULD YOU AND YOUR FELLOW TAXPAYERS GO TO ATTRACT NEW EMPLOYERS? …

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