Even if the Fed cuts interest rates on Tuesday, as most expect, stocks aren't likely to show much enthusiasm. The reason: credit market jitters probably won't subside soon, as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson acknowledged to CNBC.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told CNBC Friday that it will take time to work through the problems contributing to current financial market turmoil but expressed confidence U.S. growth will not be derailed.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Wednesday a recovery in the subprime mortgage market will be slowed by a wave of interest rate resets and urged lenders to help troubled borrowers.
I have to admit I don’t know much about our nation’s Treasury Secretary. I do know that he followed orders from his boss today, and met with some of the country’s largest mortgage lenders. It’s all part of President Bush’s “Foreclosure Avoidance Initiative,” that he announced less than two weeks ago.
Wall Street prepares for lift off on the opening amid calmer credit markets, higher world stock markets and some merger news. European stock markets are comfortably higher, and Asia closed higher though Japan stocks were flat on the rising yen.
The following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" today at 9:00 AM ET.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson attempted to soothe jittery investors on Tuesday, insisting the United States will safely get through a spreading credit crisis that has unhinged Wall Street.
Stock traders will be looking over their shoulders at the credit markets as a furious flight to quality into Treasuries keeps the pressure on stocks prices. For now, stock futures are higher and look set for a firmer opening.
It's been easy over the last few months to feel a bit sorry for Hank Paulson. He left Goldman Sachs, reluctantly, to lead President Bush's second-term Treasury in the belief that his skills might help solve two thorny problems: deteriorating political sentiment toward China's rising economic might, and the long-term insolvency of the U.S. entitlement programs as the Baby Boom generation heads toward retirement.
A bruising selloff in world stock markets is about to extract more pain on Wall Street, where stock index futures are pointing to a sharply lower opening.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the turmoil in global markets will exact a penalty on U.S. growth but the financial system and economy was strong enough to withstand it without provoking a recession.
The revelation that a unit of French bank BNP Paribas temporarily suspended three of its funds injected new fear into the markets, driving global stock sharply lower and casting a fresh chill across credit markets. The market fallout from BNP has reignited market speculation that the Fed will move to cut rates sooner, rather than later.
Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson told CNBC that the U.S. economy remains healthy but troubles in the housing market may take some time to play out. Paulson also said he was not concerned with a recent report suggesting China may retaliate economically if the U.S. imposes trade sanctions to force a revaluation of the yuan.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Wednesday that the market impact of the U.S. sub-prime mortgage fallout is largely contained and that the global economy is as strong as it has been in decades.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is in China this week, seeking parity on a number of economic issues. With American concern over the yawning trade and currency gaps, Congress has pressured the secretary to get results. How far will Beijing go to accomodate its key trading partner? "My hypothesis is the Chinese will do something --but not a lot," said Peter Morici, former director of economics at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Here are a few things I'll be following this week, as the capital battles summer doldrums: Washington Watches Wall Street. Top Bush advisers I talked to over the weekend shrugged off last week's market turbulence. One noted dozens of movements of similar magnitude on a percentage basis in recent years. Another cited Ben Stein's observation that market hand-wringing is "not anything but smoke being blown." The Dow opens Monday 6 percent up for the year.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Sunday acknowledged high trade tensions with China and said he would start a four-day visit by focusing on an issue with more common ground: the environment.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson also reiterated previous statements that he sees "subprime risk as largely contained" and that he is "very much for a strong dollar," noting that strong growth outside of the U.S. has driven the dollar lower.
Wall Street is heading for a lower opening as some weak earnings and credit market jitters outweigh positive profit reports from companies like Pepsico and Lockheed-Martin. European markets are moving lower after overnight gains in Tokyo and Hong Kong shares.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told CNBC on Monday the United States needs to change the current corporate tax system and recommended cutting taxes in order to spur economic growth.