TakeFive: Looking for greater confidence in a sustained return to 2% inflation
In the latest edition of Take Five with the St. Louis Fed, Senior Business Economist Kathleen Navin discusses Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC’s) January 31, 2024 policy statement and her views on the economy.
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U.S. banking supervisors are asking the nation’s bankers to evaluate the liquidity risk inherent in their banks’ current operations and to have contingency funding plans in place and ready to execute in the event of liquidity shortfalls.1 That guidance is spelled out in an updated interagency policy statement issued in July.
The U.S. banking system is sound and resilient, with strong capital and liquidity, according to the latest report on bank supervision and regulation released in May by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Nevertheless, bank supervisors are actively monitoring risks associated with credit, liquidity and interest rates. These risks have risen in 2023 because of prevailing economic conditions and uncertainty about the future path of the economy.
A variety of factors—rising interest rates, persistent inflation, concerns about a potential recession and pandemic-related changes in where people work—have prompted concerns about the health of commercial real estate (CRE) properties and the bank loans that support them. Supervisors and economists at the Federal Reserve actively monitor CRE market conditions and the CRE loan portfolios of the banks it supervises.
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Take Five is a popular video series featuring St. Louis Fed senior business economist Kathleen Navin. In each video, Navin provides a quick, concise synopsis of the most recent meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).