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Explore the Federal Reserve's History

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke stands with former chairmen Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan.

Great Moderation

This period of relative macroeconomic stability lasted from the mid-1980s to 2007

Understand key economic events that impacted U.S. History.

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Ben S. Bernanke

Ben S. Bernanke

Bernanke led the Fed’s response to the financial crisis and recession that marked the end of the Great Moderation.

Learn about the people who helped shape the Federal Reserve.


The Fed's Functions

Federal Reserve Building

Did you know that the Fed's responsibilities include conducting monetary policy, supervising and regulating and providing services to financial institutions?

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Essays By Topic

Below are the essays by topic on the Federal Reserve History website.

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