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 Year: 2005
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Agricultural Credit: Institutions and Issues

Agricultural Credit: Institutions and Issues

Date: November 23, 2005
Creator: Monke, Jim
Description: The federal government has a long history of providing credit assistance to farmers by issuing direct loans and guarantees, and creating rural lending institutions. These institutions include the Farm Credit System (FCS), which is a network of borrower-owned lending institutions operating as a government-sponsored enterprise, and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which makes or guarantees loans to farmers who cannot qualify at other lenders. When loans cannot be repaid, special bankruptcy provisions help family farmers reorganize debts and continue farming (P.L. 109-8 made Chapter 12 permanent and expanded eligibility). S. 238 and H.R. 399 (the Rural Economic Investment Act) would exempt commercial banks from paying taxes on profits from farm real estate loans, thus providing similar benefits as to the Farm Credit System.
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Industrial Loan Companies/Banks and the Separation of Banking and Commerce: Legislative and Regulatory Perspectives

Industrial Loan Companies/Banks and the Separation of Banking and Commerce: Legislative and Regulatory Perspectives

Date: June 27, 2005
Creator: Jackson, William D
Description: None
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U.S. Direct Investment Abroad:  Trends and Current Issues

U.S. Direct Investment Abroad: Trends and Current Issues

Date: April 29, 2005
Creator: Jackson, James K
Description: None
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Investing Social Security Funds in the Stock Market: Some Economic Considerations

Investing Social Security Funds in the Stock Market: Some Economic Considerations

Date: April 12, 2005
Creator: Cashell, Brian W
Description: None
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Bank and Thrift Deposit Insurance Premiums: The Record from 1934-2004

Bank and Thrift Deposit Insurance Premiums: The Record from 1934-2004

Date: January 3, 2005
Creator: Miles, Barbara L & Jackson, William D
Description: Since federal deposit insurance first came into being in the mid-1930s, commercial banks and savings associations (thrifts) have paid premiums into government insurance reserves to cover losses due to financial institution failures. Banks and thrifts have come to offer similar services and the government has standardized insurance premiums for the two institutions to reflect their competition. Deposit insurance premiums have been the subject of legislation several times over recent years including measures passed by the House. Most banks and thrifts pay essentially no premiums, but the potential for future assessments continues to drive “reform” legislation. This report provides the rationale and amounts of assessments since federal deposit insurance began and will be updated annually.
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Bankruptcy Relief and Natural Disaster Victims

Bankruptcy Relief and Natural Disaster Victims

Date: September 14, 2005
Creator: Jeweler, Robin
Description: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many have questioned whether implementing the new procedures of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA), P.L. 109-8, scheduled to go into effect on October 17, 2005, should be delayed. This report considers whether bankruptcy law in general, and the BAPCPA in particular, may present unique challenges to financial recovery for those whose life, livelihood, and/or home have been damaged or destroyed.
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Farm Credit System

Farm Credit System

Date: November 23, 2005
Creator: Monke, Jim
Description: None
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Hurricanes and Disaster Risk Financing Through Insurance: Challenges and Policy Options

Hurricanes and Disaster Risk Financing Through Insurance: Challenges and Policy Options

Date: March 25, 2005
Creator: King, Rawle O
Description: None
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Social Security: Summary of Program Solvency and Projections

Social Security: Summary of Program Solvency and Projections

Date: May 6, 2005
Creator: Sidor, Gary
Description: None
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Social Security Reform

Social Security Reform

Date: June 22, 2005
Creator: Nuschler, Dawn
Description: None
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