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An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Headlines,Statistics

Updates earlier 2014 report; finds that the budget deficit is continuing to fall in 2014 but the federal debt is still growing.  Predicts that inflation will remain below the goal set by the Federal Reserve and that interest rates on Treasury securities will rise.   From the Congressional Budget Office


Rural Employment Trends in Recession and Recovery

Examines the effects of the Great Recession and gradual recovery on county employment and unemployment rates with an emphasis on rural America.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Data Point: Checking Account Overdraft

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

Presents the results of consumers’ experiences with overdraft policies at a number of large U.S. banks.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Risks to Consumers Posed by Virtual Currencies

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

Describes what virtual currencies like Bitcoin are, and what risks they pose for people who buy or use them.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Supplemental Appendix to the Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2013

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Provides supplemental tables by demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.  From the Federal Reserve


Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2013

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Income/Poverty

Describes the results of a new consumer survey, the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking, to obtain a snapshot of the financial and economic well-being of U.S. households and the issues they face, as well as to measure their recovery from the economic recession and identify risks to their financial stability.  From the Federal Reserve



The 2013 Federal Reserve Payments Study: Recent and Long-Term Trends in the United States: 2000-2012….

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics

Attempts to measure the number and value of all transactions between buyers and sellers of goods and services conducted over noncash payment systems.  Finds that two-thirds of all non-cash payments in the U.S. were made by credit card in 2012, compared with one-third in 2000.  From the Federal Reserve


Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Quarterly Report to Congress, July 31, 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance


One of a series of reports on the TARP effort, this one discusses convictions achieved and lessons learned to protect taxpayers in the future.  From the Special Inspector General


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