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  • 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.

  • A gauge of manufacturing in New York state contracted in June for the fourth time in five months, the New York Federal Reserve said in a report on Monday that also painted a mixed picture on inflation.

  • Stocks End Wobbly Week With a Flourish Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 5:53 PM ET

    Stocks rallied to the finish Friday, led by financials and techs, as a tame core-inflation reading and lower oil helped the market end a chaotic week on a high note.

  • Greenspan: Fed Will Have to Raise Interest Rates Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 5:36 PM ET
    On his last day as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Alan Greenspan smiles as he presides over his final Federal Open Market Committee meeting at the the Fed's headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. He is speaking to Deborah J. Danker, at left, special assistant to the board, with Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr., at right. Greenspan has held the post for more than 18 years and is widely viewed as the most successful chairman in the Fed's 92-year h

    U.S. Federal Reserve Former Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday the Fed will have to tighten monetary policy to put a brake on inflation and said the worst of the U.S. credit crisis may have passed.

  • Stocks Hold Ground as Financials, Tech Soar Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 3:17 PM ET

    Stocks regained lost ground heading into the final hour of trade, with lower oil boosting financials and a host of other beaten-down sectors as Wall Street bid to finish a seesaw week slightly higher.

  • The Ambiguous Economics Of John McCain   Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    In recent days the Republican standard bearer gave a really strong supply-side taxpayer-friendly speech, hitting all the right notes. Undoubtedly his best economic statement of the campaign to date.

  • Stocks Higher as Oil Slides, Financials Gain Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 11:45 AM ET

    Stocks continued a solid rally Friday, boosted by falling oil prices and investors who swooped in to snatch up battered financial stocks.

  • Gas Prices Soar, But Core Inflation Is Still Tame Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 10:30 AM ET

    Soaring gasoline and energy prices helped drive up U.S. consumer prices during May by the fastest rate since November, a government report showed.

  • Consumer Prices Expected to Rise, with Fed Watching Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 5:49 AM ET

    With Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke sounding alarms about inflation, the consumer price index is expected to have risen by 0.5 percent in May.

  • Sell Block: ConAgra's Conundrum Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 6:51 PM ET

    Sky-high food and fuel prices will make it hard for this company to meet analyst expectations.

  • Inflation Is Real--Bernanke’s Right--Kohn’s All Wet Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 4:47 PM ET

    Driven up by the cheap dollar, U.S. import prices surged nearly 18 percent above year-ago levels, according to a new report out today. Even removing all energy-related fuels, the surge is still 6 percent.

  • Plosser is Right on the Money Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 11:26 AM ET

    Is there a July Fed action coming to take back a one-quarter rate cut? I think so. That would put up the target to 2.25%. It would be a shot heard round the world, strengthening the dollar and attracting new liquidity and capital flows into the US economy.

  • Inflation Forecasts Raised in US, Europe, UK Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 8:19 AM ET

    The inflation outlook for 2008 in the U.S., Japan, euro zone and the UK rose again in June, triggering big revisions to economists' interest rate forecasts, Reuters polls showed on Thursday.