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  • Fed Announces Emergency Steps to Ease Credit Crisis Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 10:20 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The U.S. Federal Reserve announced emergency measures to stem a fast-spreading global financial crisis, tapping tools last used in the Great Depression to pour funds into cash-starved Wall Street firms.

  • Fed Tries To Stem Crisis, But It May Not Be Enough Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 3:25 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers the board's Monetary Policy Report to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington Wednesday, July 19, 2006. "The recent rise in inflation is of concern," and possible increases in the prices of oil as well as other raw materials "remain a risk to the inflation outlook," Bernanke said. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke  is throwing all he’s got at the economy, but it may not be enough to combat both a recession and credit crunch.

  • Jim Rogers: 'Abolish the Fed' Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 9:54 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    If investor Jim Rogers woke up as Ben Bernanke, he'd quit and close up the Federal Reserve for providing 'socialism for the rich,' he told CNBC Europe.

  • Wholesale Inventories Climb, But So Do Sales Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 10:22 AM ET

    U.S. wholesale inventories rose 0.8 percent in January, while sales leapt 2.7 percent, thelargest increase in nearly four years, the Commerce Department said.

  • Goldman Sachs Doesn't Rule out Fed Rate Cut Today Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 9:06 AM ET

    An emergency interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve is possible ahead of its March 18th policy meeting, according to a Goldman Sachs research note on Monday.

  • If Recession Is Now Here, When Is It Going to End? Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 2:48 PM ET

    A second straight month of job losses all but ended the debate over whether the U.S. economy has slipped into recession. Now the question is how to get out.

  • Pimco's Gross: Fed Should Buy Mortgages Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 2:42 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve needs to take a more active role in stemming the housing crisis, possibly by exchanging Treasury notes for mortgage notes, Pimco Bonds Chief Information Officer Bill Gross said on CNBC.

  • Surge in Job Cuts Fuels Worries About Recession Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 8:33 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    U.S. employers cut payrolls for a second straight month during February, slashing 63,000 jobs for the biggest monthly job decline in nearly five years.

  • Fed's Fisher: No Need for Emergency Rate Cut Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 7:35 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The U.S. Federal Reserve took very "deliberate action" when it lowered key interest rates rapidly but this does not necessarily mean more of the same is in store, a top Fed official said on Friday.

  • Jobs Report Likely to Reveal Downward Trend Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 6:32 AM ET

    Today's jobs report is unlikely to offer a ray of hope amid the gloom over the US economy  as the trend for a weakening jobs market is expected to become clearer, analysts said.

  • As Dollar Tumbles, Should Fed Stop Cutting Rates? Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:55 PM ET

    The Fed is cutting rates to bolster the economy and keep the credit crunch from getting worse. But in the process, the central bank is creating other problems--including higher inflation

  • Jobless Claims Fell Last Week But Remain High Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:16 AM ET

    Fewer workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the number remaining on jobless aid stood at the highest level in nearly two and a half years.

  • Foreclosures Hit a Record; Pending Home Sales Steady Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:08 AM ET

    U.S. home foreclosures and the rate of homes entering the foreclosure process rose to record highs in the fourth quarter. Pending sales of previously owned homes were unchanged in January.

  • Fed Must Act to Stem Crisis, Pianalto Says Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 8:39 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    The global credit crisis creates big downside risks to an already softening economy that require bold action from the U.S. central bank, Cleveland Federal Reserve President Sandra Pianalto said on Wednesday.

  • Beige Book: Economy Broadly Slower in Early 2008 Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 2:16 PM ET

    Federal Reserve districts all saw decelerating economic growth in early 2008, even as prices pressed upward almost everywhere, the central bank's "Beige Book" report on economic conditions said on Wednesday.

  • TEXT: Beige Book Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 2:09 PM ET

    The full text of the Beige Book released by the Federal Reserve on March 5, 2008 and based on information collected on or before February 25, 2008.

  • TEXT: Bernanke's Speech Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 9:19 AM ET

    The text of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Reducing Preventable Mortgage Foreclosures given on March 4, 2008 in Orlando, Florida.

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    The combined punch of subprime mortgage defaults and heavy debt remains the biggest risk to the health of the U.S. economy, a panel of business economists said Monday.

  • Paulson Slams Mortgage Relief Plans Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 1:45 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    Plans for sweeping federal programs that would aid troubled mortgage borrowers would bring unfair relief to speculators and reward investors who made bad bets, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Thursday.

  • Chances of Aggressive Fed Cut in March Jump Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 8:23 AM ET

    The chance of an aggressive 75 basis points cut in the Federal Reserve's benchmark interest rate shot up to 62 percent on Friday, as U.S. equity futures pointed to a lower open and Treasury prices surged.