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  • Fed Is Expected to Slash Interest Rates Again Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed policy-makers are expected to make the biggest interest rate cut since 1982, while two major Wall Street firms provided some relief to investors with better-than-expected earnings.

  • Stocks Rise as Investors Expect Big Rate Cut Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Tuesday as investors are anticipating that the Federal Reserve will deliver an unusually large rate cut.

  • Fed Keeps Altering Tactics As Credit Crisis Deepens Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:27 AM ET
    Credit Crunch

    As the credit crunch worsens,  the Federal Reserve is becoming  more imaginative in its tactics. Wall Street is now betting on a full-point cut in interest rates, to  2%,  when the Fed meets Tuesday.

  • Wholesale Inflation Hotter; Housing Slumps Further Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:21 AM ET
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    The flagging U.S. economy got more mixed news from its troubled housing sector on Tuesday, while evidence of inflation pressures continued to lurk in the producer pipeline.

  • Bet on Bernanke? Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 6:31 PM ET

    Did the Fed avert a crisis Monday or did it just delay the inevitable sell-off?

  • Meet the Biggest Loser in the Bear Stearns Debacle Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 2:58 PM ET

    Bear Stearns' second largest shareholder, Joe Lewis, said Monday JPMorgan's $2 a share offer for the investment bank is "derisory."

  • Lehman Brothers -- The Next Banking Casualty? Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 2:50 PM ET

    Lehman shares tumbled more than 20 percent Monday as Wall Street speculated whether or not it's the ailing banking system's next casualty.

  • Advice on the Heels of the Bear Stearns Buyout Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:47 AM ET
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    Stocks were lower in early trading Monday as Wall Street digested the fire-sale buyout of an investment banking giant: Bear Stearns. CNBC brought the market pros for their perspective on the fallout.

  • Bear's 'Fire Sale' Sparks Fear That No Bank Is Safe Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:40 AM ET
    Credit Crunch

    A fire sale of Bear Stearns stunned Wall Street and pummeled global financial stocks on Monday on fears that few banks are safe from deepening market turmoil.

  • 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.

  • How Low Will Ben Go? Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 10:51 PM ET

    With the FOMC meeting scheduled for Tuesday can you get ahead of the Fed?

  • 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.

  • Bush Optimistic Economy Will Regain Strength Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 11:49 AM ET
    President Bush, right, makes remarks during the re-dedication ceremony of the Islamic Center of Washington in Washington, Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Center Director Dr. Abdullah Khouj is at left. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    President Bush, on a drive to bolster faith in the U.S. economy amid fears of a recession, said Friday the economy was resilient and would regain its strength despite the hard times.

  • Mortgage Bailout Plan Gains Traction in Congress Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 4:32 PM ET
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    A mortgage bailout plan hatched between Wall Street and Congress is gaining political traction even though it could be on a crash-course with the Bush administration.

  • S&P Sees End to Subprime Mortgage Writedowns Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 4:24 PM ET
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    Subprime mortgage write-downs could reach $285 billion, but an end to the write-downs is  in sight for big financial firms, S&P said.

  • Fed Moves to Ease Credit May Not Be Enough Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 3:27 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    This week's central bank efforts to unfreeze credit markets will offer only temporary relief and more pain can be expected before a market recovery, analysts said.

  • Dow Jumps 1%; Caterpillar, Bear Climb Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 11:36 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a broadly flat open for Wall Street Wednesday, following the previous session's huge rally, as investor enthusiasm at the prospect of more liquidity and looser collateral rules by the Federal Reserve started to dwindle.

  • 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.

  • Wall Street Cheers the Fed's Move But Hopes for More Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 4:43 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange gather around a Bank of America trading post just prior to the announcement by the Federal Reserve that it had raised a key interest rate for the twelfth consecutive time, Tuesday, November 1, 2005. The Federal Reserve, still concerned about inflation, raised the interest rate to the highest level in more than four years and signaled more increases are likely.  (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

    Stocks rebounded on news of the Fed's efforts to ease credit, staging  the biggest rally of the year.  But traders hoped the Fed had even more cards to play

  • Dollar May Get Only Temporary Lift From Fed Move Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 3:43 PM ET
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    Steps by the Federal Reserve and other central banks to pump liquidity into stressed creditmarkets will temporarily help the ailing dollar, but not provide a long-term cure as risks of a U.S. recession mount.