The Federal Reserve

The Beige Book, illustrated: worker shortages, immigration woes and tariff chaos

Mar 6, 2019
The collection of anecdotes lets us in on interesting economic realities.
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In a strong job market, some fed up workers are "ghosting" their employers

Dec 14, 2018
So many workers are disappearing without even a text message that they've caught the Fed's attention.
Commuters wait for trains at the Metro North Station in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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Final Note

It's that time again: the Fed's Beige Book is out

Jul 13, 2016
Fun anecdotes for economy nerds
What was she thinking when she read through it? 
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Final Note

The Fed's Beige Book is actually pretty colorful

Apr 13, 2016
The publication illustrates the economy with some anecdotal notes.
It's that time of year when the Fed lets us in on some fun stories about the economy. 
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Fun facts from the Beige Book

Apr 15, 2015
The Federal Reserve released its eight-times-a-year regional look at the American economy.
Final Note

Highlights from the Fed's beige book

Dec 3, 2014
It brims with economic tidbits on such things as hotel rates and e-commerce.
Final Note

Colorful snippets from the Fed's 'Beige Book'

Sep 3, 2014
Really! They're interesting! We promise!

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This summer's most boring read

Jun 4, 2014
The Fed's Beige Book is as bland as the color of its cover, and it's on purpose.

Markets await Beige Book with moderate optimism

Oct 10, 2012
This afternoon the Federal Reserve will release the Beige Book -- it's summary of economic conditions across various regions of the country,
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Making your own version of the Fed's Beige Book

Jan 12, 2012
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book is a review of economic trends in the country. The Fed's method of gathering data on the economy is pretty simple, though: Just calling around and asking.

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