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  • Uh Oh--Are Consumers Starting to Rein In Spending? Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 12:00 PM ET
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    The mighty U.S. consumer may be starting to crack, just as the Federal Reserve signaled that it was through with interest rate cuts barring a sharper economic downturn.

  • Fed Cuts Rates But Hints Against Further Easing Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 4:28 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    The Federal Reserve, moving to head off the threat of a recession, cut two key interest rates by a quarter-point but signaled that it may be done easing rates for now.

  • Federal Open Market Committee Statement Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 2:16 PM ET

    The statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its October 30 & 31 meeting on interest rate policy.

  • Will the Fed Give Investors A Trick or a Treat? Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 1:17 PM ET
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    The Federal Reserve is still expected to lower benchmark borrowing costs later today despite unexpected signs of strength in the economy.

  • As Fed Meets, Markets Still Count On Interest-Rate Cut Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 4:46 PM ET
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    Fed policy-makers began meeting as financial markets continued to bet that the central bank will cut interest rates to shore up the faltering housing and credit markets.

  • U.S. Is Committed to Strong Dollar: Paulson Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 6:45 AM ET

    The United States is strongly committed to a strong U.S. dollar and financial markets there are recovering from the subprime loan crisis even if the housing market has yet to touch bottom, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday.

  • Fed Expected to Cut Rates To Head Off Recession Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 5:07 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve is expected to lower interest rates again this week as insurance against the threat that declining home prices and higher borrowing costs will push the economy into recession.

  • Fed Rate Cut Not Sure Thing: WSJ Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 5:01 AM ET

    A Federal Reserve interest rate cut this week is no sure thing and officials are not seriously considering a half-point reduction in overnight rates, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday without citing sources.

  • Now that I'm back at my computer I see you've been responding to all kinds of Funny Business posts...(though I'm still honoring the reader-requested moratorium on Ann Coulter feedback). Check out this link about Angelo Mozilo and Ben Bernanke which made me laugh. Thanks to Ed L. for forwarding it.

  • Winners and Losers: Tech Shares, Oil Prices Soar Friday, 26 Oct 2007 | 5:50 PM ET

    As investors wait with bated breath about whether the fed will cut rates, soaring oil prices were the week’s topic du jour.

  • Orders for Big-Ticket Goods Fall More than Expected Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | 11:32 AM ET

    Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods unexpectedly fell again in September, raising new worries about how much harm a severe housing slump and credit crunch are causing the overall economy.

  • Greenspan: Recession Chance 'Less than 50-50' Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 12:27 PM ET
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    The U.S. economy still faces pressure from a drawn-out housing-market slowdown but will "probably not" slip into recession as a result, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.

  • Lending Reform: Let The Battle Begin! Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 4:44 PM ET

    You may or may not have heard, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced his legislation for mortgage lending reform today. This is expected to be the bill that will or will not change the way the mortgage business does business.

  • Gloom & Doom Economist Says Worst Is Yet to Come Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 2:51 PM ET

    Marc Faber, editor and publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, thinks the worst is yet to come for the global economy. Appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box," the economist and managing director of Marc Faber Ltd., explained his bearish outlook -- and offered advice for how to play a glum market.

  • Tiger's Robertson Sees 'Doozy of a Recession' Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 4:22 PM ET

    Hedge fund legend Julian Robertson said he expects the U.S. economy is heading for a "doozy of a recession."

  • G7 Agenda: Cheap Dollar, Pricey Oil, Tight Credit Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 3:30 PM ET

    Some G7 meetings have come and gone entirely under the radar, but this weekend's meeting of the Group of Seven's (G7) finance ministers is getting lots of attention because of recent market turmoil and the weakening dollar.

  • Bernanke: Uncertainty 'Pervasive' for Fed Policymakers Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 10:43 AM ET

    Federal Reserve policymakers weigh a broad range of economic scenarios to determine the right moves on interest rates during times of uncertainty, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.

  • Fed's Hoenig Says 'Wait and See' on Interest Rates Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 12:27 PM ET

    Federal Reserve policy maker Thomas Hoenig said on Wednesday he was open minded about the future direction of U.S. interest rates but was on alert for fallout from financial market woes.

  • Dow Feeling Some Pain But There Is Good News Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 4:16 PM ET

    Here's what we have today: 1) Fed Beige Book a little more downbeat, talking about slower growth and softer consumer, but noting that global growth remains strong.