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  • Fed To Cut Interest Rates: Take Our Poll Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | 10:20 AM ET

    Financial markets are widely expecting the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates today, but they may not get their wish. Take our Poll:

  • Paulson’s Courageous Action Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | 8:55 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is the man of the hour. This weekend he drew a clear line in the sand: no more federal bailouts. Not for Lehman Brother. Not for global insurer AIG. Not for Merrill Lynch. Not for anyone, at least as of this writing.

  • Fed's Strategy Has Moved Beyond Rate Cuts Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | 8:19 AM ET
    Federal Reserve

    Don't expect the central bank to cut interest rates on Tuesday at its regularly scheduled FMOC meeting following the Lehman Brothers-Merrill Lynch-AIG developments, even though that's the action it took in March when Bear Stearns was on the ropes.

  • More Fed Relief Monday, 15 Sep 2008 | 6:17 PM ET

    Could wreckage from the massive crisis on Wall Street prompt the Federal Reserve to do an about face and once again cut interest rates?

  • Dow Plunges 500 Points as AIG Rattles Market Monday, 15 Sep 2008 | 5:22 PM ET

    Stocks had their worst selloff since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, with the Dow plummeting more than 500 points amid escalating fear about a collapse of AIG.

  • Bargain Hunting Helps Keep Losses in Check Monday, 15 Sep 2008 | 12:37 PM ET

    Stocks fell sharply at the opening bell Monday after a trifecta of Wall Street pain: Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch was bought by Bank of America and AIG asked the Fed for short-term financing.

  • POLL: What Should the Fed Do? Monday, 15 Sep 2008 | 11:51 AM ET

    More and more voices call on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates in the aftermath of Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy. What do you think the Fed should do? Vote in the poll below:

  • Stocks Plunge as Wall Street Writhes Monday, 15 Sep 2008 | 10:43 AM ET

    Stocks fell sharply at the opening bell Monday after a trifecta of Wall Street pain: Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch was bought by Bank of America and AIG asked the Fed for short-term financing.

  • Stocks Set to Plunge on Wall Street Pain Monday, 15 Sep 2008 | 9:27 AM ET

    Stocks looked set to plummet Monday after a trifecta of Wall Street pain: Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch was bought by Bank of America and AIG asked the Fed for short-term financing.

  • Game Plan: Why We Absolutely Need a Rate Cut Friday, 12 Sep 2008 | 7:48 PM ET

    Investors should prepare for the worst just in case it turns out that Ben Bernanke knows nothing yet again.

  • Can Ben "Relax" A Bit? Friday, 12 Sep 2008 | 7:01 PM ET

    Is it possible? Might the Fed be thinking about cutting interest rates?

  • Attention Wall Street: Add the precipitous slowdown in consumer spending to the list of worries and reasons to think a recession is underway or imminent. 

  • Fed Rate Cut Could Be In The Cards Later This Year Friday, 12 Sep 2008 | 8:35 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Fed may start considering  another interest rate cut at the end of this year or early 2009, which was widely considered out of the question a week ago.

  • Former Finance Ministers Speak Their Minds at Summit Tuesday, 9 Sep 2008 | 2:29 PM ET

    Global financial leaders convened at an economic summit held at the University of Virginia to discuss the world's economic concerns. The conference tried to design a blueprint for how to solve some shared economic problems, such as the subprime mortgage crisis and rising fuel and food costs.

  • US May Be Running Out Of Options To Stop Recession Tuesday, 9 Sep 2008 | 7:41 AM ET

    Despite a Fannie-Freddie takeover, a $168-billion stimulus measure, a housing rescue package and Fed rate cuts, the economy is still struggling.  Now what?

  • Even with Friday's rebound, the market is down for the month and still well into bear territory. The reason: Investors don't see much reason to own stocks.

  • Surge in Joblessness May Deepen US Housing Slump Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | 12:16 PM ET

    The surprising jump in August unemployment couldn't have come at a worse time for the already struggling housing market.

  • Unemployment Hits 6.1%, Fueling Recession Fears Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    The unemployment rate zoomed to a five-year high of  6.1 percent in August, proof of the mounting damage the economy is inflicting on workers and businesses alike.

  • Fed Mandate Leads to Temptation: Ex-C.Banker Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 8:15 AM ET

    The dual mandate of the Federal Reserve is "too complicated a job for central banks to do, where the temptation to act opportunistically becomes almost irresistible," while inflation-targeting is the right objective for a central bank, former MPC member Professor Willem Buiter told CNBC Europe in a television interview.

  • Beige Book: Full Text Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 2:06 PM ET

    The following is the full text of the Beige Book released by the Federal Reserve on September 3, 2008 and based on information collected on or before August 25, 2008: