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10 Questions Reveal Consumers’ Payment Preferences

Cash, debit, credit, check, or electronic payment: Which would you use to pay for a $1.50 cup of coffee? A $350 plane ticket? A $72 utility bill? In ten questions, find out if your payment preferences reflect national consumer trends with the Payment Diary Game.

Economic Letter

Can We Rely on Market-Based Inflation Forecasts?

Posted September 21, 2015

A substantial decline in market-based measures of inflation expectations has raised concerns about low future inflation. An important question to address is whether the forecasts based on market information are as accurate as alternative forecasting methods. Compared against surveys of professional forecasters and other simple constant measurement tools, market-based inflation expectations are poor predictors of future inflation. This suggests that these measures contain little forward-looking information about future inflation.

In the News

From the 12th District

Fed’s Williams optimistic on outlook; says 2015 still “appropriate” for rate hike

September 28, 2015

A leading policymaker said today that he’s encouraged by the economic outlook and that he still views a 2015 rate hike as an “appropriate” action.

From the President

The Economic Outlook: Live Long and Prosper

October 8, 2015

Presentation to Community Leaders
Spokane, Washington


Economic Outlook

September 21, 2015

Kevin J. Lansing, research advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, stated his views on the current economy and the outlook as of September 10, 2015.

From the Board

FOMC Statement

September 17, 2015

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

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