The Basis Point
Recent Trends in the Employment Sector

Recent Trends in the Employment Sector

December 7, 2021

Host James Hotchkiss, Director of Member Strategy and Solutions discusses recent trends in the employment sector. Why is the unemployment rate so low even though the economy is still millions of jobs below the pre-pandemic peak? What is the participation rate and what does this mean for the future of employment, wages, and Fed rate decisions? And are we in a new normal in the way people look at work and jobs? James discusses all this and more in this episode of The Basis Point.  

LIBOR Transition Update

LIBOR Transition Update

September 2, 2021

James Hotchkiss interviews FHLBank Chicago's Dave Sterling, who leads the LIBOR transition effort for the Bank. In this episode, Dave discusses what has happened with the transition so far, the differences between LIBOR and SOFR, recent market developments, and tactics that FHLBank Chicago has used to transition away from LIBOR.

Inflation Expectations

Inflation Expectations

July 21, 2021

Hosts James Hotchkiss and Jessica Nick discuss inflation in The Basis Point’s second episode. Prices have risen considerably over the past year, but is it just transitory? Hear the team’s thoughts on what is happening with inflation, why it's happening, and how it may affect your financial institution.

Recent Trends in the U.S. Housing Market

Recent Trends in the U.S. Housing Market

June 8, 2021

In FHLBank Chicago’s premier episode, FHLBank Chicago hosts James Hotchkiss, Director, Member Strategy and Solutions, and Jessica Nick, Senior Analyst, Member Strategy and Solutions, discuss recent trends in the U.S. housing market. The team analyzes data around housing prices, inventory, borrower credit quality, and recent changes in demand. Tune in and listen to our first episode! 

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