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This Page One Economics explains how the Federal Open Market Committee conducts monetary policy by setting the target range for the federal funds rate and how the Fed uses its policy tools to steer the federal funds rate into the FOMC’s target range.
This interactive timeline in our FRASER archive covers significant events in the development of the Fed's monetary policy tools, policies, and communication. The timeline also marks recessionary periods.
FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) Challenge, a classroom application of the Fed Challenge competition, is designed to be a project-based capstone experience completed by students at the conclusion of their Advanced Placement® Macroeconomics course.
Students will learn that the Federal Reserve uses interest rate policies to promote maximum employment and price stability. They demonstrate how a change in the target range for the federal funds rate transmits through the economy.
The Federal Reserve has changed the way it implements monetary policy. As educators update their teaching methods and resources, they will likely have questions. This resource is intended to provide educators with answers to key questions.
Students will develop critical thinking skills through this primary document analysis and develop data literacy skills through FRED® graph analysis.
Need to learn—or teach someone else—about the Federal Reserve? Penny, our friendly tour guide, will show you around the Federal Reserve System, introducing you to who we are and what we do.
The November issue of Page One Economics explains how Federal Reserve Bank presidents ensure the voices of “Main Street” are reflected in monetary policy decisions.
This interactive activity reinforces students’ comprehension of the linkages between monetary policy and the economy.
This Page One Economics® Econ Primer describes key measures of inflation, including the consumer price index, and how the Federal Open Market Committee pays particular attention to these measures as it makes policy decisions.