First Quarter, Volume 7, Number 1

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Fed @ Issue


Book Review
Q & A
State of the States
Research Notes & News

Southeastern Economic Indicators



      Volume 7, Number 1, First Quarter 2005

Riding the Rising Wave of
Hispanic Buying Power

Hispanics have become the largest minority population in the United States. As the incomes and purchasing power of this population group grow, businesses are learning the importance of targeting their goods and services toward this increasingly prosperous consumer market.
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Southeast’s Auto Industry
Climbs Into the Driver’s Seat

The Southeast has benefited from changes in the vehicle assembly industry. Agreeable weather and lower labor and land costs have attracted numerous assembly facilities of domestic and foreign car makers.

The Evolution and Implications
of the U.S. Current Account Deficit

The global economy has focused increasing attention on the U.S. current account deficit. Placing this economic measurement in perspective is central to understanding its potential effects.