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  • 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.

  • Congressional Budget Office Doesn't Foresee Recession Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 10:41 AM ET
    Hundred Dollar

    The slowing economy will not sink into an election-year recession and an economic rebound is likely beginning next year, the CBO forecast Wednesday.

  • US Economy Casts A Long, Dark Shadow Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 10:17 AM 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)

    There was a time when many thought Europe and the rest of the global economy might finally be able to withstand a downturn in the US. So much for wishful thinking. The spectre of a recession on top of a malignant credit crunch is the talk of the town.

  • Fed Cut 'Well Measured Move' to Avert Recession: Snow Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 9:55 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve's decision to slash interest rates by 75  basis points on Tuesday was a bold, well measured move to avoid a sharp slowdown in the U.S. economy, John Snow, former U.S. Treasury Secretary & chairman of Cerberus Capital, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe."

  • Bush Says He's Optimistic About Stimulus Plan Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 4:23 PM 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 said he is confident that Congress and the administration will be able to approve a stimulus package to jump-start the economy and calm fears of recession that have shaken financial markets worldwide.

  • Recession Worries Persist Despite Surprise Rate Cut Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 4:18 PM ET
    A container ship from Korea sits at a loading dock at Seattle's Harbor Island near downtown, Thursday, May 11, 2006. The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly declined in March for a second consecutive month, something that hasn't happened in more than two years. The improvement reflected record U.S. exports and a big drop in the country's foreign oil bill. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    There is no quick cure for what ails the U.S. economy, but if the Fed's surprise rate cut instills confidence, it may speed a recovery.

  • On Recession Watching And Fed Watchers Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 4:02 PM ET

    How avoiding a US recession may be a slippery slope, what a PricewatershouseCoopers survey says about CEO confidence and why one economist expects to be in big demand at Davos this year.

  • Fed's Rate Cut May Speed Recovery by U.S. Economy Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 3:55 PM ET
    Manufacturing Cars

    There is no quick cure for what ails the U.S. economy, but if the Fed's surprise rate cut instills confidence, it may speed a recovery.

  • Vote: Global Recession? Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 1:58 PM ET

    Fears of a U.S. recession are nothing new, but is the slowdown spreading overseas? Tell us what you think.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.