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  • Farrell: The Market is Still Seeking Reassurance Monday, 16 Nov 2009 | 8:50 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Soleil's Carol Berger wondered aloud last week what will happen when the Fed stops buying mortgage backed securities in 2010? She fears that without that deep pocketed bidder there will be no other natural buyer and mortgage rates could go up enough to hurt the housing market. Seeing as how we are partners I figured part of my job would be to help find that reassurance she is looking for.

  • Mishkin Blasts Sen. Dodd’s Reform Plan Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 10:51 AM ET

    Sen. Dodd’s reform bill would jeopardize the Fed’s ability to safeguard the U.S. economy, said Frederic Mishkin, former Federal Reserve Board governor and a Columbia University economics professor on Thursday.

  • Obama Most Powerful Person in World: Forbes Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 6:28 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    U.S. President Barack Obama ranked at the top of the list of the world's most powerful people, according to Forbes.

  • John Mack: Hero of the Credit Crisis? Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009 | 8:58 PM ET

    Andrew Ross Sorkin says so. Cramer talks Wall Street meltdown with the author of “Too Big to Fail.”

  • Treasury secretaries have made "a strong dollar policy" the key part of their rhetoric, but the currency has lost nearly a fifth of its value.

  • Jobless Rate to Hit 10.5%, Keeping Fed in Box: Poll Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | 8:48 AM ET

    Unemployment will shoot to 10.5 percent by the middle of next year, constraining the Federal Reserve's ability to raise interest rates, according to a Reuters poll.

  • CNBC's Winners & Losers of 2009 Monday, 9 Nov 2009 | 1:50 PM ET

    In some cases, the difference between a winner and loser is often in the eye of the beholder--who can be a victim or a beneficiary--or simply a political ideologue. That’s why we want readers to weigh in and vote on a variety of people and concepts. We’ll report back with results and rankings on December 1.

  • Unemployment

    A new report, released by employment Web site CareerBuilder.com, ranked the top metro areas with the most job postings on the site between January and October 2009.

  • Global Jobless Stats: How Does US Compare? Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 8:36 AM ET

    The U.S. unemployment rate blasted past the psychologically important 10-percent mark Friday as nonfarm payrolls fell by 190,000 last month. It's the first time the unemployment rate -- now at 10.2 percent -- was in double digits since June 1983.

  • A Short-Sighted Cheer for Easy Money Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 4:44 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    While the stock market is cheering easy money, the cheering is very short-sighted. I wouldn’t buck the tape, but I regard the Fed’s policy as a storm cloud over stocks and the future economy.

  • While US officials publicly support a strong dollar, in private they don't appear so worried about its recent slide.

  • Crescenzi: Fed Exit Best As Process, Not Event Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 2:01 PM ET

    The best way for the Federal Reserve to smoothly exit from its current stance on monetary policy is to make it more a process than an event, says bond expert Tony Crescenzi.

  • The Federal Reserve ought to signal that it's ready to back off the strong monetary easing policies it put into place during the financial crisis, Kevin Ferry of Cronus Futures Management told CNBC.

  • Live From CME Global Financial Leadership Conference Monday, 2 Nov 2009 | 10:42 AM ET
    Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker

    Maria Bartiromo will be hosting a special edition of Closing Bell today live from the CME Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Florida and will get rare and exclusive access to Paul Volcker, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

  • US third-quarter GDP data was "horrible" and investors will soon realize that it wasn't as good as they initially thought, Marc Faber told CNBC.com.

  • Fed's Power Would Be Curtailed by Financial Reform Bill Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 3:58 PM ET

    The proposed financial reform bill would amend the Federal Reserve Act to take away the central bank’s independent ability to bailout a specific company.

  • Countries Overloaded With Debt Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 10:41 AM ET

    On a surface level it may seem like the United States' debt position, the biggest in the world, is also the worst. But when the numbers are looked at on a more relative basis, the total amount of debt owed by the US, although still quite high, seems more reasonable than that of other nations... at least for now.

  • Wall Street has set its sights beyond a relatively low-impact earnings season and is now looking for bigger and better things.

  • Earnings Season: Five Things We've Learned So Far Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | 3:58 PM ET
    A trader at the New York Stock Exchange.

    A cursory look at quarterly earnings suggests corporate America is regaining its foothold. But a look at the stock market's reaction indicates otherwise.

  • Buy Hard Assets — Be 'Anti-Bernanke': Market Pro Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | 3:30 PM ET

    Stocks surrendered earlier earnings-fueled gains on Friday as investors began to lock in some profits. So where should you put your investment dollars now? Brian Place, president of Place Financial Advisors, and Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak, discussed their market outlooks.