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  • Paulson Unveils Overhaul of Financial Rules Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | 10:44 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced the biggest overhaul of financial regulation since the Great Depression. But the sweeping plan is already drawing intense criticism.

  • Financial Overhaul Plan Draws Fierce Criticism Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | 4:03 AM ET
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    The Bush administration is proposing the biggest overhaul of financial regulation since the Great Depression. The sweeping plan is already drawing intense criticism -- a debate unlikely to be settled until a new president takes office.

  • Treasury’s Plan Would Give Fed Wide New Power Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | 3:53 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    The Treasury Department will propose on Monday that Congress give the Federal Reserve broad new authority to oversee financial markets, which would be the largest financial regulatory overhaul in decades.

  • Wall Street Raises Eye Over Treasury Plan Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    The Bush Administration's plan to dramatically overhaul financial regulations -- which will be announced Monday -- is already raising questions as to whether it will give too much power to the Federal Reserve.

  • Economy May Be Slipping Into Recession: Fed Officials Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 1:59 PM ET
    Gary Stern

    The U.S. economy seems to be slipping into recession and the Federal Reserve must cushion the pain and make it as brief as possible, two Fed policymakers said.

  • Calls for Mortgage Bailout Grow As Crisis Deepens Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 12:38 PM ET
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    The U.S. government is facing growing pressure to lead a bailout of distressed mortgage holders because of worries that a rising tide of foreclosures could swamp the economy.

  • Durable Goods Orders Fell A Steep 1.7% in February Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 10:15 AM ET
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    Orders  for big-ticket manufactured goods fell for a second straight month in February, a worse-than-expected performance that provided more evidence of a slumping economy.

  • Credit Disaster? Maybe It's Not So Bad After All Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | 4:51 PM ET
    Credit Crunch

    Such is the level of disaster-mongering surrounding the latest phase of the credit crisis that you could be forgiven for thinking we'll all be hoarding food and reverting to a barter economy.

  • Ben Bernanke Is My Kind of Guy Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    I have really learned to like Ben Bernanke. He’s the man. And his interest-rate cuts are vastly more effective than the so-called economic-stimulus rebate plan coming out of Congress and the White House.

  • As Interest Rates Decline, Bernanke's Stock Goes Up Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 11:43 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s stock is at a 52-week high on Wall Street --- with the exception perhaps of Bear Stearns, which appears to be selling him short.

  • After the Fed's Latest Rate Cut: CEOs Weigh In Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 10:53 AM ET

    A day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates another three-quarters of a point, CEOs joined Squawk Box to share their outlook on the economy and markets.

  • It's Confidence, Stupid! Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 7:07 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Well, not altogether true, of course. Or rather: It´s not so much confidence, but the notable lack thereof. Has Ben Bernanke completely lost his bearings? That's the question of the day ...

  • Dow Gains 3.5% in Financial-Led Rally Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 6:11 PM ET

    Stocks soared Tuesday, led by financials, as the market breathed a huge sigh of relief following better-than-expected earnings from Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.

  • Fed Gives Inflation a Promotion in Tuesday's Cut Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 4:08 PM ET

    Today's statement is another in a series of very significant communications from the Fed. At the extreme, it could mean the Fed is done cutting rates, barring any more massive credit-market upheavals.

  • Fed Can't Unfreeze Credit Just by Cutting Rates Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 2:24 PM ET
    Credit Crunch

    The size of the Fed’s expected rate cut today may help stimulate a sluggish economy. But  it is unlikely to unfreeze the credit markets, especially the mortgage one.

  • Fed Lowers Rates 3/4 Point, Fueling Huge Stock Rally Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 2:19 PM ET
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    The Federal Reserve slashed a key U.S. interest rate by three-quarters of a point, to 2.25%, but Wall Street didn't seem to care that the cut was smaller than many had expected.

  • TEXT: FOMC Statement Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 2:17 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • Stocks Hold Gains Ahead of Rate Decision Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 1:25 PM ET

    Stocks soared Tuesday, led by financials, as the market breathed a huge sigh of relief following better-than-expected earnings from Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.

  • Fed Is Expected to Slash Interest Rates Again Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed policy-makers are expected to make the biggest interest rate cut since 1982, while two major Wall Street firms provided some relief to investors with better-than-expected earnings.

  • Stocks Rise as Investors Expect Big Rate Cut Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Tuesday as investors are anticipating that the Federal Reserve will deliver an unusually large rate cut.