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  • High Foreclosure Rates Hurt Broad Economy: Bernanke Monday, 5 May 2008 | 9:10 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday said conditions in mortgage markets remain strained, posing a threat to the economy, and urged steps be taken to prevent home foreclosure where possible

  • Bush Says Rebate Checks Will Boost Ailing Economy Saturday, 3 May 2008 | 6:40 PM ET

    President Bush sought to assure Americans Saturday that federal checks en route to them as part of a stimulus plan will help spur the ailing economy and pay for soaring gas and food prices.

  • Fed Takes More Steps to Loosen Credit Markets Friday, 2 May 2008 | 11:01 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve announced steps to help ease persistent strains in credit markets, stepping up the size of some cash auctions for financial institutions and raising the amount of U.S. dollars it provides to the European Central Bank and Swiss National Bank.

  • Investment Banks Cut Back on Fed Borrowing Thursday, 1 May 2008 | 5:05 PM ET

    Big Wall Street investment companies are pulling back on their borrowing from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program.

  • Pimco's Gross: Fed Could Learn from European Banks Thursday, 1 May 2008 | 2:30 PM ET
    Bill Gross

    Europe's central banks should serve as an example to the Federal Reserve of how to manage an economy suffering through stagnation and liquidity issues, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC/Europe.

  • Analysis: The Fed's Baby Punch Bowl Steps Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 3:46 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    There are a lot of ways to describe what the Fed did today: it took the rate-cut punch bowl off the dining room table, but didn't pour out the punch. It took a baby-step towards neutral, not a grown-up step. That means it preserved the ability to cut if it needs to.

  • Rate Cuts May Not End As Soon As Wall Street Thinks Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 2:36 PM ET
    NYSE traders

    “The news on the economy is going to be pretty much unrelentingly bad in the next few months,” says one economist, who thinks the Fed may keep cutting after today.

  • TEXT: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The full statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its meetings held from April 29-30 on interest rate policy.

  • Fed Leaves Markets Divided Over Further Rate Cuts Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 2:17 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve trimmed interest rates to 2% but  left markets guessing about whether further cuts would be needed.

  • Are We In a Recession Yet? Technically No, But... Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 12:07 PM ET

    Even though the economy continued to grow in the first quarter, many economists believe we're already in a recession.

  • Rate Cuts May Not End As Soon as Wall Street Thinks Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 10:16 AM ET
    Traders at the NY Stock Exchange

    “The news on the economy is going to be pretty much unrelentingly bad in the next few months,” says one economist, who adds there’s good chance the Fed will keep cutting rates after Wednesday's meeting.

  • Economy Still Grew During 1st Quarter, But Just Barely Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 10:01 AM ET

    The bruised economy limped through the first quarter of this year at only 0.6 percent as housing and credit problems forced people and businesses alike to hunker down.

  • Playing a Fed Cut: Past Winners Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 7:26 AM ET

    With Fed Fund Futures indicating an ~80% probability that the Fed will cut rates 25 basis points today, here are the stocks that faired best on each of the last three rate cut days.

  • Biggest Day for the Economy Ever Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 6:13 PM ET

    Wednesday holds the first-quarter GDP report as well as the Fed's interest rate decision. Find out what to expect from both.

  • Wednesday Look Ahead: Fed Moves & More Earnings Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 5:14 PM ET

    Even as the Fed meets, the street can't make up its mind about what the Fed should do. From discussions I've had, it's clear that the sentiment among some traders has shifted and continues to shift.

  • Higher Gas Prices Eat Up Much of Stimulus Check Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 10:49 AM ET
    Gas station in San Francisco.

    As the U.S. Treasury races to get rebate checks to households, higher gasoline prices are  blunting the economic impact of the $152 billion stimulus package.

  • Fed Expected to Make Small Rate Cut, Then Pause Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 10:21 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve looks set to deliver a small interest rate cut on Wednesday, though the central bank could signal that this is the last in a cycle.

  • Forget Fed Watch Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 6:15 PM ET

    Wall Street’s on the edge of its seat ahead of Wednesday’s interest-rate announcement. You should be on the phone with your broker.

  • The Fed Needs To Stop Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 3:36 PM ET

    The Fed needs to stop cutting interest rates and halt the run on the dollar. They can do this by announcing a lengthy pause in their interest rate statement due out this Wednesday at 2:15 pm.

  • Buffett: Recession Is Here For People on Main Street Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 10:34 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    The US economy indeed has entered into a recession, even if the traditional indicators aren't showing it yet, billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett said.

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