William Poole is Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, Senior Economic Adviser
to Merk Investments and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University
Poole retired as President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
in March 2008. In that position, which he held from March 1998, he served on
the Federal Reserve's main monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee.
He directed the Bank's main office in St. Louis and its three branches in Memphis,
Little Rock and Louisville.