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Virtual Fed

June 1, 2011


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Does anyone still use a personal computer to browse the web? Fewer and fewer, it seems. People are always going to the Internet to access information, products and entertainment, of course, but increasingly they’re getting there via smart phones or other mobile devices.

To reach these on-the-go folks, several Federal Reserve district banks have rolled out mobile versions of their websites. To date, “m.” sites are available from the New York, Minneapolis and Philadelphia district banks. Just type the bank’s standard web address into your mobile device, and it will automatically load the bank’s mobile site formatted with those devices in mind.

Perhaps the most intriguing Fed mobile site so far is the smart-phone-friendly version of the St. Louis Fed’s popular data and charting service FRED (for Federal Reserve Economic Data). So if you ever need to settle a bar bet about core versus headline inflation, you’ll know where to look:


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Joe Mahon
Director, Regional Outreach
Joe Mahon is a regional outreach director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Prior to that, he served as a regional economist and as a staff writer and analyst for Minneapolis Fed publications the Region and fedgazette. Mahon's primary responsibilities involve tracking several sectors of the Ninth District economy—an area that covers Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana and portions of Wisconsin and Michigan—for the Fed. Sectors he follows closely include agriculture, manufacturing, energy and mining. He holds degrees in economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota.