Tagged: federal reserve

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 01:30 pm

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks.

Janet Yellen: Job Market Needs Low Rates 'For Some Time'

by Associated Press 3/31/2014 11:35 am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."

Report: Arkansas' Manufacturing Employment Down Third Year in a Row

by Lee Hogan 3/17/2014 04:01 pm

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' "Burgundy Book" report showed manufacturing employment was down for the third year in a row in 2013 in Arkansas, in addition to a drop in manufacturing exports.

Mortgage, Credit Card Debts Down in Arkansas; Auto Loan Debt Rises

by Lee Hogan 3/17/2014 02:58 pm

In a trend that was seen across the country, Arkansas residents reduced mortgage and credit card debts, but increased auto loan debts in the last quarter of 2013.

Home Prices, Permits Down Across the State in Final Quarter of 2013

by Lee Hogan 3/17/2014 02:49 pm

House prices and single-family building permits were down in most metropolitan statistical areas in Arkansas in the fourth quarter of 2013.

3 Arkansas Areas See Employment Growth Above National Average in 4Q 2013

by Lee Hogan 3/17/2014 02:47 pm

The unemployment rates in all of Arkansas' metropolitan statistical areas increased in the fourth quarter of 2013, except in Fort Smith where it remained unchanged from the previous quarter.

ROAs Keep Arkansas Banks Most Profitable in District

by Lee Hogan 3/17/2014 02:10 pm

The Federal Reserve of St. Louis' "Burgundy Book" report shows Arkansas banks remained the most profitable among District banks with a higher return on average assets than the district average.

Report: Some See Economic Improvement in Arkansas in 2014; Most Expect No Change

by Lee Hogan 3/14/2014 11:00 am

According to an economic condition report from the Federal Reserve, most economists surveyed expect conditions in Arkansas to remain the same in 2014, while a "sizable minority" expect to see some improvement from 2013.

Fed's Eighth District, Including Arkansas, Shows Moderate Expansion

by Lance Turner 12/4/2013 02:47 pm

Economic activity in the Federal Reserve's Eighth District, which includes Arkansas, "expanded at a moderate pace" since October with "positive" activity in manufacturing, retail and auto sales.

Banks Ask Fed to Watch Wal-Mart's Financial Services More Closely

by Lance Turner 5/8/2013 08:33 am

Bloomberg reports that bankers have asked the Federal Reserve to increase its oversight of financial services offered by the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville.

Arkansas Economy Should Enjoy 'Steady Growth,' Kathy Deck Tells Forecast Luncheon

by Chris Bahn 2/8/2013 04:07 pm

Arkansas will enjoy steady economic growth in 2013, but is not likely to hit pre-recession levels, economists say.