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  • Fed's Policy Statement Draws Mixed Reviews Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:18 PM ET

    The Fed cut interest rates another half point, but economists are divided about whether its policy statement will successfully manage market expectations.

  • Stocks Close Lower After Fed Rally Fizzles Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 3:28 PM ET

    A stock rally fueled by the Fed's latest interest rate cut lost momentum in the final hour after CNBC reported that two big bond insurers could be downgraded as early as today.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its January 29-30 meeting on interest rate policy.

  • Fed Cuts Rates Half Point; More Reductions Possible Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate another half point, as expected, and sparked a stock market rally by signaling that further rate cuts are possible.

  • Fed Rate Cut: Most Of You Expect Half Point Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    You can feel the tension in the market as it seesaws in a fairly tight band ahead of the Fed's 2:15 p.m. statement. It looks like Market Insider readers are siding with the majority Street view that the Fed will cut a half point. Forty-three percent of our readers see a half point rate cut

  • Fed Expected to Cut Rates Another Half Point, to 3% Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:18 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Fed is expected to lower U.S. interest rates another half-point Wednesday as part of an ongoing  effort to bolster the economy.

  • Fed's Outlook May Matter More Than Any Rate Cut Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:09 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Though there’s been much debate over how much the Fed should cut rates,  the central bank's  statement may be more important to the Fed’s credibility and market expectations.

  • U.S. Economic Growth Skids To Five-Year Low Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 10:50 AM ET

    U.S. economic growth skidded to a five-year low of  0.6% in the fourth quarter,  reflecting the toll a slumping housing sector has taken on the national economy.

  • Waiting On The Fed To Change Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 5:45 PM ET

    It seems likely the Fed will lower rates on Wednesday, but will it cut by a quarter-point or half-point?

  • Fed Chairman May Be Too Worried About Wall Street Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 3:31 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Critics of  many stripes think Bernanke is doing a poor job, whether it is lowering interest  rates for the wrong reasons or keeping them too high for too long.

  • Borrowing Costs Expected to Decline Further Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 11:56 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    U.S. individuals and businesses are likely to see their borrowing costs drop further as the Federal Reserve weighs another interest-rate reduction to bolster a sagging economy.

  • Markets Past Reactions to Fed Easing Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    Most investors are expecting another cut to the Fed Funds Target when the Federal Open Market Committee meets tomorrow.  The debate has been whether it will be a cut of 25 or 50 bps.  Here are some recent trends and facts on the Fed and the Fed Funds rate as well as a look at how the market performed the last time the Fed went into an extended phase of easing:

  • Dodging a Financial Crisis Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 6:57 PM ET

    That's why Cramer calls for rate cuts – no matter what critics say.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Stocks to Nibble At While Waiting for Market Bottom Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    Recession. Bear market. Credit crunch. Is it better to stay out of the stock market or use the recent selloff as a buying opportunity?

  • Is the US Just Talking Itself Into a Recession? Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 11:48 AM ET

    Talk may be cheap, but the endless chatter about a looming recession may wind up being very costly to the US economy.

  • Stimulus Package Debate: Not Over By A Long Shot Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 4:44 PM ET

    I woke up Wednesday morning in Washington DC, where economic crisis, which in turn means political crisis, was in the air. Fed Chairman Bernanke had cut rates the day before and helped calm financial markets. But the White House and Congress wanted to do more. Republican and Democratic leaders, who normally have guns drawn on each other, were huddling behind closed door.

  • Bush Calls for $145 Billion In Tax Relief for Economy Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 11:37 AM ET
    President Bush ocomments on the US Economy from the White House, with Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, right.

    President Bush on Friday called for about $145 billion worth of tax relief and other incentives to stimulate a sagging economy and fend off a possible recession.

  • Financials Seem To Be Above The Trading "Fray" Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 2:18 PM ET

    In the face of a wobbly market, financials for the second day have been moving higher on the Fed's big surprise rate cut and the hope for more. For several weeks now, we've heard pundits of all sorts debating whether the group is hitting bottom, as it airs its dirty laundry this earnings period. Clearly, the shorts fear that view is true because they have been covering positions in a big way.

  • Wall Street Now Betting On Another 3/4 Point Rate Cut Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Forget a half-point cut. Wall Street is now speculating that the Fed will lower rates another three-quarters of a point next week.

  • Decoupling, Doom & Gloom And Dialectics at Davos Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    While a panel discusses the interdependence of world economies and a lesser reliance on the U.S. consumer to drive growth, the financial and investing gurus in the hall watch stocks tumble on the prospect of a U.S. recession.