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Congress Federal Budget (U.S.)


  • Fed Sees Slower Growth But Signals Rate Pause Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 2:04 PM ET

    The Fed cut its economic growth forecast and warned of higher inflation and unemployment but signaled more rate cuts are unlikely.  "If you had any doubt that the Fed is signaling a pause, that doubt is gone," said one economist.

  • Fed's Kohn: More Trouble From Housing, Inflation Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 11:42 AM ET
    Donald L. Kohn

    US interest rates seem to be at the right level to help the sputtering economy without sparking inflation, but policy-makers need to be ready to adjust quickly in the face of a highly uncertain outlook, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Donald Kohn said Tuesday.

  • Inflation Pressures Growing At the Wholesale Level Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 9:04 AM ET

    US inflation at the wholesale level rose slower than expected in April, but core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, rose twice as fast as expected.

  • What is Buffett Looking for in Europe? Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 8:15 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    The Oracle of Omaha is looking for European businesses with pre-tax profits of at least $75 million, but he says the bigger the better. The tour began in Frankfurt, continues in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday and rolls on to Madrid and Milan later in the week.

  • Economy Is Weak, But No Recession, Indicators Show Monday, 19 May 2008 | 10:06 AM ET

    The U.S. economy is weak but does not appear to be in a recession, according to a key forecasting gauge, the Conference Board reported.

  • Buffett: Fallout From Credit Crisis Not Over Yet Monday, 19 May 2008 | 9:30 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    The fallout from the global credit crisis is not over yet, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Monday.

  • Paulson: Economy Is Better But Housing Still a Threat Friday, 16 May 2008 | 12:11 PM ET
    Henry Paulson

    The US economy and financial markets will improve by year-end but housing still poses the biggest threat to the economy, Treasury Secretary Paulson predicted.

  • Credit Problems Spreading Beyond Mortgages: FDIC Friday, 16 May 2008 | 11:09 AM ET

    The head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp said on Friday that another wave of U.S. credit stress was coming, involving non-mortgage loans.

  • US Economy Is Still Weak But Not As Bad As Feared Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 11:29 AM ET

    Investors struggled to figure out where the economy is headed after reports showing a modest increase in jobless claims and weakness in the manufacturing sector.

  • Bernanke Stresses Need For Capital Cushion at Banks Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 9:27 AM ET

    Financial market turmoil underscores the need for "generous" capital cushions, and banks need to actively raise money as needed, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday.

  • US Economy Shows More Weakness in Manufacturing Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 8:47 AM ET

    The economy is continuing to slow, particularly in manufacturing,  though some areas are not quite as bad as expected, according to the latest reports out Thursday.

  • Gutierrez: US, China Need to Fight Protectionism Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 4:41 AM ET

    The United States and China both need to fend off a troubling rise in economic nationalism in order to keep their economies strong, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on Thursday.

  • Tame Inflation? Tell That To People Buying Gasoline Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 1:23 PM ET
    New York Gas Prices at $4 per gallon

    In the real world, gasoline prices surged 5.6% in April, but the government smooths out seasonal oddities so prices appeared lower in Wednesday's inflation report.

  • Consumer Inflation Tamer Than Expected in April Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 8:34 AM ET

    Consumer prices rose a smaller-than-expected 0.2 percent in April as energy prices held steady, a Labor Department report on Wednesday showed.

  • Fed May Start Fighting Asset Bubbles: FT Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 3:55 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve may start using regulation or even interest rates to fight asset-price bubbles, instead of trying to limit the damage once they burst, as it has done until now, the Financial Times reported on its Web site.

  • Bernanke Says Crisis Not Over; Prices Worry Others Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 4:04 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the credit crisis is not over, even as his colleagues revealed growing concerns about inflation that could signal a pause in interest rate cuts.

  • Economy Sluggish, Inflation Higher: Fed Survey Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 10:34 AM ET

    The U.S. economy will barely expand in the second quarter and the chances of it shrinking have risen, following sluggish growth early in the year, said a Philadelphia Federal Reserve survey released Tuesday.

  • Fed's Pianalto Says Inflation 'A Key Risk' Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 7:10 AM ET

    Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Sandra Pianalto said on Tuesday that although core U.S. price measures were climbing faster than she wanted, Fed monetary policy was compatible with low inflation.

  • Inflation, Housing Data Lead Busy Economic Week Monday, 12 May 2008 | 6:28 AM ET

    It's a busy week on the economic calendar, with the consumer price index, data on housing starts and the Philly Fed index all expected.

  • Market Rally Signals Stocks Looking Past Recession Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 3:44 PM ET
    Stocks up

    “We're of the opinion that the market has likely seen the worst,” says Standard & Poor’s Chief Investment Strategist Sam Stovall. He's not alone.