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  • Markets Hope Fed Will Cut Rates by Half a Point Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 12:43 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Financial markets expect the Fed to trim interest rates a quarter point this afternoon, but many investors are hoping for a half-point cut.

  • Global Economy May Have Tough Year in 2008 Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 11:14 AM ET

    The U.S. economy is in the danger zone and one good shock could send it into recession next year, according to Global Insights, which released its top 10 predictions for 2008 Tuesday.The Boston-based forecasting company said GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2007 and first half of 2008 is expected to be very weak, and will make the United States extremely vulnerable.

  • What the Fed Is Facing at Tuesday's Policy Meeting Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 9:33 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)

    Wall Street widely expects the Fed to cut interest rates Tuesday. Here are some of the factors policymakers will be considering

  • World Jobs Outlook Good Despite US Dip: Poll Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 4:24 AM ET

    The global hiring outlook for the first quarter of 2008 remains healthy despite a slightly softer jobs forecast for the United States, a quarterly survey by Manpower Inc, one of the world's largest employment services companies, showed Tuesday.

  • Why Fed Is Expected To Cut Interest Rates Again Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 7:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    A lot has changed since the Federal Reserve hinted two months ago that it might be finished cutting interest rates for a while.

  • Jobs Report Makes Modest Rate Cut More Likely Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 11:45 AM ET

    Employers added 94,000 jobs in November, but a slowdown in recent months fueled speculation of a modest rate cut next week.

  • No Recession, But Housing Risky: Bush Advisor Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    A senior White House economist said on Friday he believes the U.S. economy is still strong and not headed for recession, though it remains at risk from the slumping housing market.

  • Consumers Are In Gloomiest Mood in Two Years Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 10:24 AM ET

    U.S. consumer sentiment soured for a third month in December as a housing recession andexpensive gasoline left consumers at their gloomiest since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a report showed Friday.

  • Job Growth Could Be the Key to the Fed's Decision Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 7:21 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    Economists predict a modest gain of 70,000 in payrolls. But a strong private-sector report has the market looking for a positive surprise that could give the Fed license to cut.

  • Market Insider/Friday Look Ahead Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 4:37 PM ET

    You can feel the tension building ahead of Friday's jobs data. The November employment report will be a major factor driving Friday's markets and is also possibly the most important economic headline ahead of the Fed's interest rate decision Tuesday.

  • Stocks Heating Up Over Mortgage Freeze Plan Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 3:22 PM ET

    Stocks have gained steam in the last hour, but particularly after 2:30 pm as Fed Chairman Bernanke came out and gave his blessing to the plan. Why? Because stock traders are pragmatists. Is the Bush mortgage plan a "rational response" or a "bailout?"

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 8:04 AM ET

    The Bush Administration's plan to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure is the big item on the agenda for Thursday. The plan, already drawing criticism, will be announced by the president in the afternoon and is expected to include a five-year freeze on the resetting of some of the low introductory, teaser rates that drew in many of the weakest borrowers.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 9:53 PM ET

    Selling in the financial sector bit into Tuesday's stock market performance and could do the same Wednesday. After the bell Tuesday, Fannie Mae announced that it was issuing $7 billion in preferred stock and chopping its dividend by 30 percent.

  • Abby Joseph Cohen: Economy to Rebound in 2008 Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 5:30 PM ET

    Abby Joseph Cohen, chief investment strategist at Goldman Sachs, says the U.S. economy will rebound in mid-2008, but the next few months will be bumpy.

  • Surprise! CEOs Aren't Too Worried About Economy Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 2:07 PM ET
    Cash Register

    U.S. chief executives' view of the economy improved in the fourth quarter, although they have become far more concerned about energy prices.

  • Fed's Yellen: Economy's Downside Risk Getting Worse Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 12:24 PM ET
    Janet Yellen

    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Janet Yellen said on Monday that worsening financial conditions and weaker-than-expected economic data have raised downside risks to the economic outlook.

  • Confidence Rebuilding Will Be 'Long and Slow': Ryan Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 6:56 AM ET

    Financial market anxiety has rebounded and the process of rebuilding confidence will be "long and slow," a top U.S. Treasury official said on Tuesday.

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    The Federal Reserve will cut interest rates by a full percentage point before June to help the housing market, Citigroup's chief economist, Lewis Alexander, said.

  • Stocks End the Week On a Positive Note Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 6:01 PM ET

    Stocks closed mostly higher on expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest ratesĀ  and the U.S. government will help homeowners recover from the subprime mortgage crisis.

  • Market At The Bottom? Signs Appear Positive Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 4:35 PM ET

    Stocks, particularly financials, rose today for the fourth day in a row. Is this the bottom of the market? It's not clear, but the signs are more auspicious than they have been in a while. consider: 1--economic news this week, for the most part, has been poor, giving the Fed cover to lower rates.