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  • Farrell: Looking Beyond Symbol Of Rate Cut Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:40 AM ET

    The practical effect is that borrowing costs go down and can be lent at higher rates so the "yield curve" is steeper and that could improve bank profitability. This is another in the string of actions taken by the Fed to improve liquidity.

  • Federal Reserve, Other Central Banks Cut Interest Rates Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:36 AM ET

    Central banks around the world Wednesday cut interest rates amid mounting losses in financial markets, as the credit crunch continued to seize up lending.

  • Bowyer: Bernanke’s Pretend Rate Cut Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 8:52 AM ET
    Jerry Bowyer

    The Fed has not been particularly agile. Today’s rate cut was late and small. Really, the cut was not actually a cut at all. Bernanke had already been pumping enough money into the system to lower the rate at least to 1.5%.

  • Forget Logic; Fear Appears to Have Edge Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 7:12 AM ET

    How else to explain yet another plunge in the stock market Tuesday that sent the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index to its lowest level in five years — particularly in the absence of another nasty surprise? If anything, the markets should have been buoyed by the Federal Reserve saying it would shore up another troubled corner of finance by lending money directly to companies, the New York Times reported.

  • Today's Top Videos: Bernanke, Hedge Funds & More... Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 8:45 PM ET

    The first deputy managing director of the IMF says that several advanced economies are close to a mild recession, while an economist predicts that over a 1000 hedge funds will close this year. Following are today's top videos:

  • The Depression Of 2009? Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 6:35 PM ET

    Unfortunately, it might not be as far-fetched as is sounds.

  • Question Asked: Why Own Stocks Right Now? (Update) Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 4:08 PM ET

    Stocks fell apart going into the close. For those watching technicals, we took out yesterday's lows. So what's the issue?

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 2:11 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below are the minutes released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Sept. 16 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Farrell: Market In A Bottoming Process Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 2:02 PM ET

    The market was freezing and needed to be defrosted. Additionally, the government is allowing US based multinationals to borrow without tax consequences some of the several hundred billion they hold offshore.

  • Pros Ands Cons For A Rate Cut Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 1:25 PM ET

    Cries for a rate cuts from central banks across the world are growing, but the arguments against such a move aren't going away.

  • How Many Bullets Does Bernanke Have Left? Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | 6:15 PM ET

    What are the next steps the Fed and Treasury will take to deal with credit crunch? Is an emergency rate cut coming?

  • Midwestern Town Feels Wall Street's Pain: Mayor Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | 1:59 PM ET

    Franklin, Ind., an industrial-based town south of Indianapolis is starting to feel the effects of Wall Street’s pain, said Fred Paris, the town’s mayor on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”

  • The Federal Reserve said Monday it will begin paying interest on commercial banks' reserves and will expand its loan program to squeezed banks by billions of dollars, fresh steps to help ease a painful credit crisis. But should the Fed do more? Some suggest an emergency rate cut is needed.

  • Jobs Outlook Darkens As Financial Crisis Grows Sunday, 5 Oct 2008 | 11:19 AM ET

    The worsening credit crisis is creating even more worry about the labor market outlook and there was little consolation in the jobs report Friday.  All signs are pointing to further deterioration in the months ahead. The big question is how bad it will get and how quickly.

  • Market Insider: The Week Ahead Friday, 3 Oct 2008 | 7:51 PM ET
    Hundred Dollar

    The stumbling economy and the specter of a rough earnings season will pressure stocks in the week ahead.

  • Jobs Outlook Murky As Financial Crisis Grows Friday, 3 Oct 2008 | 8:35 AM ET

    The worsening credit crisis is creating even more worry about the labor market outlook and there was little consolation in the jobs report Friday.  All signs are pointing to further deterioration in the months ahead. The big question is how bad it will get and how quickly.

  • Credit Crisis Hitting Home: 'Everybody Cries Together' Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 2:51 PM ET

    As the credit crisis spreads around the globe, it is reverberating back to Main Street in ways never seen before.  As such, stories similar to the Hendrick's Turf farm are being played out across America.

  • Bailout Would Only Prolong Crisis: Jim Rogers Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | 6:08 AM ET

    The $700 billion bailout package that Congress is scrambling to pass will only prolong economic woes, legendary investor Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers Holdings, told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Busch: The 4 Act Financial Bailout TV Show Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 10:04 AM ET

    As we watch the TARP support unravel in an ugly way on Capitol Hill, the situation is closely resembling the core structure of every successful television show from "House" to "Baywatch." Let's run through this 4 act comedy/drama.

  • Mad Money Reverse Psychology Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | 1:27 PM ET

    When Cramer called for rate cuts in August 2007, Washington ignored him. Now he's backing the Paulson plan, but no one else wants it. Might be time for a mind game to get this thing passed.