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  • Trade Deficit Up; Jobless Claims Less Than Expected Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 8:40 AM ET
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    The US trade deficit widened unexpectedly in February as imports of consumer and other goods set a record and grew faster than exports, which hit a record for the 12th consecutive month, a government report showed on Thursday.

  • Pimco's El-Erian: Rate-Cutting May Be Near End Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 7:41 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve will stop cutting interest rates once it is assured that the economic contraction is limited to the financial sector, PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Arian told CNBC.

  • Fed Bashed, ECB Spared in Finger-Pointing Match Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 3:55 AM ET

    Wall Street banks are the first to be blamed for the credit crunch. Central banks come a close second, but as the Federal Reserve's image is suffering, the European Central Bank looks as solid as a rock.

  • Stocks Close Lower After UPS Outlook; Oil Surges Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 4:51 PM ET

    U.S. stocks closed lower Wednesday after UPS projected an earnings shortfall and oil prices surged.

  • Oil Prices, Morgan Stanley Drag on Stocks Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 12:25 PM ET

    U.S. stocks fell to session lows Wednesday after a report showing larger-than-expected decline in crude inventories sent oil prices climbing, and corporate news from Morgan Stanley and UPS dragged on shares.

  • Fed Considering Additional Liquidity Measures Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 8:30 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve is mulling further steps to address liquidity problems in financial markets should measures taken to date fail to gain traction, a Fed official confirmed Wednesday.

  • Greenspan Says Fed Didn't Cause Housing Bubble Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 5:17 PM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Former Federal Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC  he had little to do with the  housing bubble or credit crisis despite criticism the Fed kept interest rates too low under his watch.

  • Fed Didn't Inflate the Housing Bubble: Greenspan Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 4:55 PM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has defended himself from charges that easy U.S. monetary policy created the current credit crisis by inflating a housing bubble, and instead blamed professional investors.

  • Fed Minutes Show Worries About a Deep Recession Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 3:36 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Worries about a deep recession--not a shallow one--drove Fed policymakers to slash interest rates again last month, according to minutes of their  meeting.

  • Full Text: FOMC Minutes Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 2:28 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The following is the text of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting of March 18, issued on Tuesday:

  • Small Business Optimism Index Hits All-Time Low Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 7:43 AM ET

    A gauge of small business optimism in the United States sunk in March to a 22-year low, as small business owners clamped down on plans to create new jobs and expand business operations, a survey released Tuesday showed.

  • U.S. Sliding into Recession: Head of Economic Bureau Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 10:15 AM ET
    Martin Feldstein

    Martin Feldstein, who heads the group that is considered the arbiter of U.S. recessions, told CNBC that he believes the U.S. has been sliding into a recession.

  • S&P Gains 4.2% for Week Ahead of Earnings Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 4:37 PM ET

    Major stock indexes ticked higher Friday though the market was broadly mixed. General Motors skidded, while UBS shares advanced.

  • Job Outlook for '08 Grads: Fewer Offers, Higher Pay Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    For those graduating college this year, getting a job will be a little harder than last year—but will likely pay more.

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    If recessions are best seen through the rear-view mirror, then Friday's jobs data makes the current state of the economy pretty clear.

  • Financials Lead Stocks Lower; UBS Climbs Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 10:38 AM ET

    Stocks opened flat Friday as investors shrugged off a worse-than-expected March employment report.

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    US employers cut payrolls by a bigger-than-expected 80,000 in March, more evidence that the economy is in a recession.

  • McTeer: Strengthen Dollar, But Not Yet Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 7:54 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve has been wise to keep the dollar weak as the economy navigates its way through the current liquidity shortage, the former chairman of the central bank's Dallas branch said.

  • Fed's Yellen Hints at Recession, Rates Uncertain Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 4:11 AM ET
    Janet L. Yellen

    For the second time this week, a senior Federal Reserve official conceded the United States economy could slip into recession, but suggested the central bank should wait to see if more rate cuts are needed.

  • So we have yet another plan to help save homeowners in trouble, the latest in a long string of proposals. Are they enough to solve the housing market's problems? Is this a game changer? There's plenty of skeptics who think the answer is an outright no.