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  • What a Deal: Trash for Treasuries Sunday, 18 May 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    Saving the nation’s financial system from reckless banks and brokerage firms is an enormous job, heaven knows. But somebody’s got to do it, so the Federal Reserve Board, with its taxpayer-funded balance sheet, stepped in.

  • Paulson: Economy Is Better But Housing Still a Threat Friday, 16 May 2008 | 12:11 PM ET
    Henry Paulson

    The US economy and financial markets will improve by year-end but housing still poses the biggest threat to the economy, Treasury Secretary Paulson predicted.

  • Credit Problems Spreading Beyond Mortgages: FDIC Friday, 16 May 2008 | 11:09 AM ET

    The head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp said on Friday that another wave of U.S. credit stress was coming, involving non-mortgage loans.

  • US Economy Is Still Weak But Not As Bad As Feared Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 11:29 AM ET

    Investors struggled to figure out where the economy is headed after reports showing a modest increase in jobless claims and weakness in the manufacturing sector.

  • Bernanke Stresses Need For Capital Cushion at Banks Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 9:27 AM ET

    Financial market turmoil underscores the need for "generous" capital cushions, and banks need to actively raise money as needed, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday.

  • US Economy Shows More Weakness in Manufacturing Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 8:47 AM ET

    The economy is continuing to slow, particularly in manufacturing,  though some areas are not quite as bad as expected, according to the latest reports out Thursday.

  • Tame Inflation? Tell That To People Buying Gasoline Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 1:23 PM ET
    New York Gas Prices at $4 per gallon

    In the real world, gasoline prices surged 5.6% in April, but the government smooths out seasonal oddities so prices appeared lower in Wednesday's inflation report.

  • Ex-Fed Chief Volcker Sees 70's-Style Stagflation Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 11:03 AM ET
    Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker Wednesday said the central bank's role in overseeing financial markets needs to be more clearly defined and the that of rating agencies, sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds in the financial crisis should be weighed.

  • Consumer Inflation Tamer Than Expected in April Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 8:34 AM ET

    Consumer prices rose a smaller-than-expected 0.2 percent in April as energy prices held steady, a Labor Department report on Wednesday showed.

  • Fed May Start Fighting Asset Bubbles: FT Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 3:55 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve may start using regulation or even interest rates to fight asset-price bubbles, instead of trying to limit the damage once they burst, as it has done until now, the Financial Times reported on its Web site.

  • Yahoo Leads Nasdaq Higher Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 5:44 PM ET

    Carl Icahn and a possible proxy fight with Yahoo, the CEO of Liz Claiborne on the status of their turnaround and after hours action from Whole Foods, Applied Materials and more.

  • Bernanke Says Crisis Not Over; Prices Worry Others Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 4:04 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the credit crisis is not over, even as his colleagues revealed growing concerns about inflation that could signal a pause in interest rate cuts.

  • Stocks Are Facing Key Test As Investors Seek Stability Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 1:04 PM ET
    New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

    A week packed with economic data, retail earnings and plenty of Fedspeak could finally give the stock market something it desperately needs: Stability.

  • Economy Sluggish, Inflation Higher: Fed Survey Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 10:34 AM ET

    The U.S. economy will barely expand in the second quarter and the chances of it shrinking have risen, following sluggish growth early in the year, said a Philadelphia Federal Reserve survey released Tuesday.

  • Fed's Pianalto Says Inflation 'A Key Risk' Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 7:10 AM ET

    Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Sandra Pianalto said on Tuesday that although core U.S. price measures were climbing faster than she wanted, Fed monetary policy was compatible with low inflation.

  • Inflation, Housing Data Lead Busy Economic Week Monday, 12 May 2008 | 6:28 AM ET

    It's a busy week on the economic calendar, with the consumer price index, data on housing starts and the Philly Fed index all expected.

  • Looking for Answers on Oil's Sudden Spike Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 3:13 PM ET

    Oil prices have soared nearly 10 percent in the past four sessions alone, and CNBC asked the experts for insights and answers.

  • US Credit Crisis Is Easing, Merrill CEO Thain Says Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 9:55 AM ET

    The U.S. credit crisis is easing and the risk in housing is dramatically lower now, but economic growth will remain under pressure , the CEO of Merrill Lynch said.

  • Productivity Gains More Than Expected Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 8:35 AM ET
    Manufacturing Cars

    US businesses cut back sharply on worker hours during the first three months of this year as the economy slowed, driving up productivity to a higher-than-expected 2.2 percent annual pace.

  • Paulson Says Markets Emerging From Crunch: WSJ Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 10:10 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said U.S. financial markets are emerging from the credit crunch that many economists believe has pushed the country to the brink of recession, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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