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  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve Chairman said the shadow banking system still poses a threat to stability, and that funding markets might still not be able to cope with a major default.

  • Nearly a third of the companies in the S&P 500 Index earn revenues exclusively in the U.S. and their shares are beating the index overall. Housing shares are contributing big time.

  • America's economy faces a growing demographic crisis, and it echoes the script of the movie "Knocked Up," argues Kudlow producer Jake Novak.

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has said Japan must stay within the bounds of an international agreement not to target exchange rates, after the dollar-yen broke through 100 and continued to extend gains on Friday.

  • Jack Lew

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told CNBC on Friday that the U.S. debt ceiling would not be reached until September.

  • China's fast-growing economy has been forecast to overtake the U.S. as the world's biggest economy as early as 2016, but economists now say this is unlikely to happen.

  • Condo's under construction in Toronto, Ontario as Canada's housing market begins to slow.

    Steve Eisman, the hedge fund manager who famously bet against mortgages in the United States, has recommended investors now bet against Canada's mortgage lenders and banks.

  • Even Muni Bonds May Be Targeted in 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

    Bond investors can rest easy as there are few signs of debt markets overheating, according to a report by Moody's Investors Service.

  • Federal Reserve Building

    A week after the Federal Reserve endorsed a plan to keep buying bonds to spur economic growth, members are airing differences over their super-easy policy.

  • A senior citizen works as a sales associate at Home Depot in the lumber department.

    A rising population of working seniors will bring stronger economic growth if companies can retool to accommodate an older workforce, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • Massachusetts has had Romneycare since 2006. And, while it's different in some ways from Obamacare, it offers insight into what's ahead for US health care.

  • Unmanageable student loan debt, the consumer watchdog unit say, may be harmful to recovering markets and may be dragging down borrowers' lives.

  • U.S. wholesale inventories rose in March, fueled by increased stocks of cars and machinery which have provided support for economic growth early in the year, but wholesale sales posted the biggest fall in four years.

  • A number of top U.S. retailers reported disappointing April sales as consumers gravitated toward discount chains and bad weather delayed spring shopping in much of the country.

  • Patent expirations on big-name drugs has resulted in modestly less spending on medicines in the U.S. for the first time in at least 55 years, a report showed Thursday.

  • New claims for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly 5-1/2 years last week, signaling labor market resilience in the face of fiscal austerity.

  • Graduating from high school is becoming an ever more elaborate process. Expect to spend over $1,000 to attend the prom—and that's just the start.

  • Courtney Scott says she has been fending off foreclosure since 2008 while trying to work with her lender to modify the mortgage on her McDonough, Ga. home.

    Five years after the mortgage meltdown sparked a wave of foreclosures, millions of Americans are still fighting to save their homes. That is hurting a broader housing recovery.

  • Investors have been dipping into growth-oriented cyclicals, and if the trend continues, it could add more momentum to the stock market rally.

  • The Bank of England left its benchmark rate unchanged at 0.5 percent, a record low, on Thursday. Policymakers also kept the size of the asset purchase program unchanged at 375 billion pounds ($584 billion).

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