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Daily Archives: March 5, 2014

Federal Reserve Board Beige Book – March 5, 2014

Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District

“Reports from most of the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicated that economic conditions continued to expand from January to early February. Eight Districts reported improved levels of activity, but in most cases the increases were characterized as modest to moderate. New York and Philadelphia experienced a slight decline in activity, which was mostly attributed to the unusually severe weather experienced in those regions. Growth slowed in Chicago, and Kansas City reported that conditions remained stable during the reporting period. The outlook among most Districts remained optimistic. Retail sales growth weakened since the previous report for most Districts, as severe winter weather limited activity. However, Richmond, St. Louis, and Minneapolis reported modest sales growth since the beginning of the year. Weather was also cited as a contributing factor to softer auto sales in many Districts, with the exception of Cleveland, which saw strong gains. Tourism increased in a number of Districts but declined in Philadelphia and was reported to have been mixed in New York and Minneapolis. The demand for nonfinancial services was mixed compared with the last report; however, both Boston and San Francisco reported strong demand for technology related services. Manufacturing sales and production in several Districts were negatively impacted by severe winter weather; however, modest improvements were noted in Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Dallas. Residential real estate markets continued to improve in several areas, albeit modestly. Boston and New York gave mixed reports on sales, and Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Kansas City noted a decrease in sales. Many Districts cited low inventories of housing and continued home price appreciation. Commercial real estate leasing expanded, according to most reports, while reports on construction activity were mixed. Demand for commercial real estate loans was solid in Boston, improved slightly in Dallas, and continued to grow steadily in Chicago and Kansas City.”

Global liquidity: where it stands, and why it matters

Global liquidity: where it stands, and why it matters. IMFS Distinguished Lecture by Mr Jaime Caruana, General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements, at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 5 March 2014. “These remarks apply the concepts of global liquidity and the financial cycle to analyse developments in the global financial system in the past decadeContinue Reading

Restoring confidence in banks

Restoring confidence in banks. Keynote address by Mr Stefan Ingves, Chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and Governor of Sveriges Riksbank, to the 15th Annual Convention of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, New York, 4 March 2014. “The financial crisis, which began seven years ago, was in essence a collapse in confidence. It stress-testedContinue Reading

Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010

Intimate Partner Violence in the United States — 2010 is a publication of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. February 2014. “Intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking are important and widespread public health problems in the United States. On average, 24 people per minuteContinue Reading

Report – How Google Is Trying to Protect Your Drug Supply

“Illegal online pharmacies play a major role in the growing problem of counterfeit drugs, with regulation often challenging because they sell directly to consumers. As National Journal Correspondent Sophie Novack reports, though, some major internet players are working with the federal government to combat the problem. Writes Novack: “Google is now a member of the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies,Continue Reading

Report – vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry

Follow up to previous postings on license plate collection programs – see Shawn Musgrave’s article [editor of MuckRock via BetaBoston]: “Today, a legislative committee in Boston is scheduled to hold a hearing on a bill that would ban most uses of license plate readers, including the vehicle repossession business, making exceptions only for law enforcement, tollContinue Reading

Gallup – Chronic diseases are more prevalent in the most obese states

“As the rate of obesity among U.S. adults continues to increase across all 50 states, health issues and costs associated with the chronic diseases that can accompany obesity will continue to rise. Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data show Americans are not eating as healthily or exercising as often as in past years, which might play a role in the increaseContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Expendable Launch Space Vehicle, International Food Aid, Retirement Security, Veterans, Workforce Investment Act

EVOLVED EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE: Introducing Competition into National Security Space Launch Acquisitions, GAO-14-259T: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2014. FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET REQUEST: U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-14-403T: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2014. INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID: Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed, GAO-14-277: Published: Mar 5,Continue Reading

DoD Releases Report on North Korea’s Military and Security Developments

“The Defense Department published a congressionally mandated, unclassified report on the Military and Security Developments involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today.  The report is posted at http://www.defense.gov/pubs/North_Korea_Military_Power_Report_2013-2014.pdf.”

Gov Docs for Kids

“Welcome to the Government Documents Round Table [GODORT] Government Information for Children [GIC] website. We are a group of government documents librarians who meet up and share the best info for students (of all ages) that comes from government sources.  There are a wide variety of government generated documents covering all kinds of topics.  This site is designed toContinue Reading

Teens & Technology: Understanding the Digital Landscape

“Pew Researcher Amanda Lenhart spoke to students in the school of Public Health at George Washington University about how adolescents ages 12 to 17 are using the internet, social media, and mobile phones in their daily lives. The talk includes data on smartphones, tablets, and youth who use mobile devices to go online most of theContinue Reading