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  • If Oil Is Causing Inflation, What Can Fed Really Do? Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 7:04 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    The Federal Reserve finds itself in an uncomfortable situation: Staring down the barrel of inflation with limited options on what it can do.

  • Japan May Exports Rise But US Demand Is Weak Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 9:18 PM ET
    Japanese Flag

    Japan's exports in May rose more than expected from a year earlier, in a sign that growth in Asia and other developing countries is continuing to offset falling U.S. demand -- at least for now.

  • Inflation Nation Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 6:09 PM ET

    With food and oil prices surging it seems almost certain the Fed will fight inflation with a rate hike, But when?

  • Stock Rally Fizzles but Financials Still Shine Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 5:06 PM ET

    Stocks ended lower as a midday rally fizzled by the closing bell. Financials held onto modest gains.

  • Is The Inner Bernanke Up To The Task? Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 4:01 PM ET

    All eyes are on the Fed meeting to see if the inner Ben Bernanke will lean toward inflation hawk Paul Volcker and follow through to stop inflation and defend—indeed recreate—King Dollar. Volcker told us a few months ago that we were in a dollar crisis. Since then, Bernanke has been talking tough.

  • Stocks Recover, Led by Battered Financials Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 2:27 PM ET

    Stocks moved higher as a fallback in oil prices and a recovery in financial shares helped reverse an earlier decline.

  • See What People Are Saying About... Bernanke's Fed Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 12:54 PM ET

    The federal government’s policy of the last several years," writes Fast Money fan Mark C., "has given us the dot com bubble...

  • Fed Preview: No Rate Hike, But Inflation a Big Worry Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 11:25 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Borrowing costs are likely to hold steady as the Federal Reserve tries to avoid both stirring inflation and stifling a fragile economy.

  • Stock Prices Recover From Morning Selloff Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 9:52 AM ET

    Stocks moved higher as a fallback in oil prices and a recovery in financial shares helped reverse an earlier decline.

  • Futures Off Lows on Housing Report Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 9:07 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Tuesday -- the first day of the two-day Federal Reserve interest-rate meeting -- after package-delivery company UPS said after the bell Monday its profit would miss market expectations.

  • Confronting Inflation on Separate Continents Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 4:55 AM ET

    In the view of a central banker, the worst thing about skyrocketing food and energy prices is not their rise, but that most people think higher prices are here to stay, the New York Times reported.

  • Bernanke On Balance Beam Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 6:09 PM ET

    What's the trade ahead of Wednesday's Fed Decision? Find out from one of the most outspoken strategists on the Street!

  • Job Losses Likely to Grow, Fueling Economic Gloom Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 3:30 PM ET

    Unemployment, which has been relatively benign during the economic downturn, is expected to become a bigger problem.

  • Surging Oil Prices Put Fed In a Bind on Interest Rates Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 11:56 AM ET

    The unrelenting rise in oil prices has put  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in the precarious position of trying to talk down inflation without raising interest rates.

  • No More Fed Rate Cuts, Says Moody's: Report Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 2:29 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve cannot lower interest rates at the moment, given high oil prices and the spectre of inflation, John Lonski, chief economist at Moody's rating agency, told La Repubblica newspaper.

  • Fed Talks Up Interest Rates—And Housing Gets Hit Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 3:16 PM ET
    Home Construction

    The Fed's recent tough talk on inflation has pushed up some longer-term interest rates, hitting the economy in one of its tenderest spots— housing.

  • Fed Unlikely to Hike Rates Before Autumn: WSJ Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 2:55 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve does not appear to see a compelling case for raising interest rates before autumn unless the inflation outlook deteriorates considerably, the Wall Street Journal said on Tuesday.

  • A Tale of Two Bands: Euro & Dollar Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 1:13 AM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The euro has been steadily gaining ground against the U.S. dollar over the past two years, up 22%. This week's Charting Asia takes a look at where the Euro/Dollar is heading.

  • The Dollar And Bernanke’s Reputation Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 2:16 PM ET

    Robert Novak’s column today argues that Wall Street speculation over Fed rate hikes “appears to be dead wrong.” Novak says Fed head Ben Bernanke is more worried about spiking oil prices causing recession than he is about inflation.

  • Bernanke: Households to Pay More For Health Care Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 11:02 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    U.S. health care costs are likely to claim a bigger share of household spending in years to come, pressuring the government to absorb more health care costs, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said.