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  • The Federal Reserve will unveil its decision on interest rates Wednesday afternoon, and a cut is widely expected by investors. CNBC asked former Federal Reserve officials to weigh in on the upcoming decision.

  • On his last day as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Alan Greenspan smiles as he presides over his final Federal Open Market Committee meeting at the the Fed's headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. He is speaking to Deborah J. Danker, at left, special assistant to the board, with Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr., at right. Greenspan has held the post for more than 18 years and is widely viewed as the most successful chairman in the Fed's 92-year h

    Lawmakers have called key players from the past and present to congressional hearings in an effort to find out what caused the biggest financial crisis since the 1930s and determine how the government plans to get the nation out of the mess.

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    The big debate now is how deep and how long the recession will be. The short answer is bad enough and probably the worst in 25 years.

  • The cruel earnings season for the American worker intensified Wednesday as more companies announced layoffs.

  • The US economy is entering a two-year recession that will be longer and deeper than previously feared, said Nouriel Roubini, a well-known economist and professor at New York University.

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    Democrats in Congress say any new economic stimulus bill would probably include road and bridge construction, help for state budgets and maybe new tax rebates.

  • Financial Crisis

    The Fed could lend up to $540 billion in a new facility aimed at restoring liquidity for money market funds,  Fed officials said.

  • Economists say the best bang for the buck will come from helping housing,  not another tax cut or extended unemployment benefits.

  • New York Governor David Patterson and New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine sounded off on the economy, Wall Street and regulation on Monday.

  • Global Markets

    Investors continued to be rattled by worries that the prolonged credit crisis has already pushed the global economy into a recession.

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    The latest inflation and jobs data were somewhat better than expected, but the industrial sector showed continued weakness.

  • Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the U.S. government's banking rescue plan is designed to spur private investment in financial institutions, and told CNBC that the FDIC interbank lending guarantee that's part of the plan will kick in immediately.

  • The following is the full text of the Beige Book released by the Federal Reserve on October 15, 2008 and based on information collected on or before October 6, 2008:

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    Global credit markets continued to show signs of thawing, but worries about a world-wide recession loomed over markets.

  • Paul Krugman, Princeton University professor and winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Economics, told CNBC that the new rescue plan, which will inject $250 billion into U.S. banks, “looks much better.”

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    The U.S. government's move to pour $250 billion into banks was appropriate and sufficient, but the markets will take time to heal, Mohamed El-Erian, Pimco co-CEO and co-chief investment officer, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • From New York City to Indiana, the Wall Street crisis is hitting cities across the country.

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    With legendary investor Jim Rogers warning that repeated liquidity injections are setting the stage for a massive inflation holocaust, it’s worth asking if deflation may be as great a threat of the global financial crisis.

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    The U.S. government has to come up with more broad-based solutions to the financial crisis, following the example of the UK which pledged to part-nationalize financial institutions to defend its banking sector, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, WL Ross & Co. CEO, told CNBC on Friday.

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    Cries for a rate cuts from central banks across the world are growing, but the arguments against such a move aren't going away.