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  • 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:

  • Rising Unemployment May Deepen US Housing Slump Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 10:27 AM ET

    Little attention has been paid to what a recession and spike in unemployment would do to an already battered  housing market.

  • The Euro's Weakness Is Here to Stay: Analysts Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 9:50 AM ET

    Even if the European Central Bank holds rates on Thursday the euro's supremacy on the currency markets is close to an end, analysts said on Wednesday.

  • Poll: Which Currency Will Emerge a Winner? Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 9:28 AM ET

    The European Central Bank looks set to leave rates on hold on Thursday but the move is unlikely to contribute to a strengthening of the euro, as the signs of weakness in the euro zone economy intensify.  Vote on which currency will gain the most by the end of the year.

  • Two Fed Bank Chiefs Sought Discount Rate Hike Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | 2:12 PM ET

    Directors at the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and Dallas sought quarter percentage-point hikes in the discount rate in late June through July to keep inflation at bay, Fed documents released on Tuesday showed.

  • Fire Bernanke, Hire Trichet: Jim Rogers Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 6:01 AM ET

    The head of the European Central Bank should be running the Federal Reserve because he is doing a better job at protecting his economy, investor Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers Holdings, told "Squawk Box Europe" on Friday.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 2:13 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the minutes released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its July 24 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Fed Minutes: Next Move Is to Boost Interest Rates Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 2:12 PM ET

    Most Fed officials thought interest rates weren't too low at the August meeting, but they also expected their next move would be to boost rates, minutes show.

  • With the decline in oil prices, inflationary pressures are easing for the moment. The Federal Reserve’s policy makers all acknowledge as much. But that has not halted their debate over whether to raise interest rates now to avoid higher inflation in the future.

  • Stocks End Rough Week on a High Note Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 5:24 PM ET

    The financial sector's comeback and a more than $6 a barrel drop in oil prices gave stocks and end of the week pick-me up. Still, major indexes finished lower for the week and oil managed just mild gain.

  • Jackson Hole Roundup: Pimco, BlackRock & More Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 4:28 PM ET

    As U.S. Fed chiefs met in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to discuss ways of preventing another credit crisis, CNBC's Steve Liesman asked top economic minds for their insight on the government's actions.

  • Lehman Speculation Buoys Financial Stocks Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 1:27 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Friday after a double shot of soothing comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett. A $4 drop in oil prices also gave the market a boost. Financials blazed the trail amid speculation of a Lehman takeover.

  • Bernanke, Buffett Buoy Stocks; Lehman Jumps Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 11:33 AM ET

    Stocks advanced Friday after a double shot of soothing comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett. A $3 drop in oil prices also gave the market a boost.

  • Bernanke: Rates May Stay Low As Inflation Eases Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 10:14 AM ET
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    Federal  Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the Fed should be able to keep interest rates low for some time, as the recent drop in commodity prices should reduce the threat of inflation.

  • Futures Jump After Buffett Comments Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 9:22 AM ET

    Stock-index futures jumped after Warren Buffett weighed in on everything from the dollar to Fannie mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Your Opinion: How's Bernanke Doing? Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 9:16 AM ET

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