Project #96843 - Federal Open Market Committee Presentation

 

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This is a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) assignment.

 

Refer to "Federal Open Market Committee Presentation" to complete the assignment.

 

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

 

APA format is required for essays only. Solid academic writing is always expected. For all assignment delivery options, documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. 

 

ECN601_Federal Open Market Committee Presentation.docx ECN601CLC_FederalOpenMarketCommitteechecklist.docx

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Open Market Committee Presentation

 

Learners are to research the current value and the expected future changes in the following economic indicators:

 

  • GDP and the rate of GDP growth

  • Measures of inflation and consumer prices

  • Level of money supply growth

  • Discount rate

  • Federal funds rate

  • Measures of employment and the unemployment rate

  • Investment spending by the private sector

  • U.S. trade balance

  • Value of the dollar on foreign currency markets

  • Housing starts

  • Retail sales

  • Consumer confidence

  • S&P 500 Stock Index

  • Other variables you believe to be important

 

Assume your group represents the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and is making a case to the Senate Banking Committee regarding the future direction of monetary policy. Based on your research, develop a PowerPoint presentation (10-12 slides) that addresses each area below. Your discussion should be based on the economic data found above. The economic data required for this assignment can be found on the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) website, which is maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis at http://research.stlouisfed.org/.

 

Be sure your presentation addresses the following:

 

  1. Review the statistics above. Do not merely cite numbers and values, but identify trends, relationships between the variables, and the significance of each factor in enabling or hindering the Fed from meeting its twin policy goals of promoting full employment and minimizing inflation.

  2. Identify and discuss expectations of changes in economic, financial, and international conditions in the near future.

  3. From your analysis, identify the three most significant economic problems we currently confront. Also, identify the role monetary policy could play (if any) in resolving these problems.

  4. Identify whether the Fed should continue its current pace of security purchases, and indicate what “forward guidance” the Fed should issue now and why? Be specific in answering the question. Forward guidance is the specific language the Fed uses to indicate the direction and extent of their future policy action.

  5. Recommend whether the FOMC should rise, lower, or keep short-term interest rates (the federal funds rate) the same. Support your recommendations with your research findings.

 

 

 

 

 CLC: Federal Open Market Committee Presentation Checklist

 

REQUIREMENTS:

POSSIBLE

ACTUAL

Students must research the current value and the expected future changes for the economic indicators.

20

 

Students must develop a PowerPoint presentation that addresses the following:

·         Include statistics from each economic indicator.

·         Identify and discuss expectations of changes in economic, financial, and international conditions in the near future.

·         Identify the 3 most significant economic problems we currently confront.

·         Identify whether the Fed should continue its current pace of security purchases, and indicate what “forward guidance” the Fed should issue now and why.

·         Make recommendations that are supported with research.

40

 

Presentation follows the provided guidelines:

·         The PowerPoint presentation includes the major points for your recommendation.

·         All group members participated in developing the PowerPoint presentation.

25

 

Writing and organization requirements:

·         Include a Title Slide.

·         Presentation must incorporate a maximum of 12 slides.

·         Although your slides will consist mainly of bullet points, you should fully develop your argument using comments and notes to supplement each slide.

·         Provide citations and a references list for sources used.

·         Academic writing is a requirement for this assignment.

·         Include data analysis that reviews the current level of the statistics cited and identifies the role played by each variable in the macroeconomy.

·         Include a conclusion that summarizes the main policy recommendations and their rationale.

15

 

Points will be deducted for late submission (10%, or 10 points per day).

 

 

TOTAL

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/14/2015 12:00 am
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