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  • The past week's market drops and swings are dizzying. Everyday people are commenting that it is scarier than 2008. Now, that probably isn't true because no one is anticipating the inability to take money out of ATMs or the commercial paper market shutting down. Yet, there is something unnerving about the market declines, the uncertainty surrounding the economy and the lack of confidence in political leaders.

  • Global Banking Crisis Fears Lurch to the Foreground Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 3:16 PM ET

    Analysts point out that U.S. banks have become much better capitalized than they were during the financial crisis of 2008. But shares of US major banks continue to move sharply lower.

  • Whitney: Ratings Agencies in Tough Situation     Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 8:13 AM ET

    The ratings agencies have lost credibility over the years, says Meredith Whitney, Meredith Whitney Advisory Group founder/CEO. She adds that the agencies have no choice but to look as though they are doing the right thing.

  • If Fed Is Out of Bullets, Are Tax Cuts Only Option? Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 3:55 AM ET
    Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    The US Federal Reserve managed to spark a stock rally on Tuesday, but some economists are now left wondering if it will take tax cuts to inject real life into the broader US economy.

  • Word on the Street     Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 5:00 PM ET

    Dissecting the day's major business news, with the Fast Money traders.

  • "Using actual inflation numbers in the economy, as it was calculated 30 years ago before they had all these gimmicks to so-called adjust inflation, then we are right now in a very important contraction already in the economy," Dohmen said.

  • You could get motion sickness watching the U.S. markets these days. But the real sick man is Europe.

  • Some college athletic departments are figuring out the answer to juicing revenue — beer.

  • Congress Needs to 'Cowboy Up' to Fix the Economy Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 11:13 AM ET
    John Wayne

    Investors woke up Monday to a world in which America is seen as a greater credit risk than anytime in recent history, and they didn't like what they saw. The conversation around why we were downgraded can get as wonky as we want, but let’s not get caught up in the weeds. We are where we are because the problem is simple: Our country spends far more than it takes in—trillions more.

  • Reform the Ratings Agencies?     Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 10:14 AM ET

    Is it time to change the way credit rating agencies work? Insight with Jerome Fons, Kroll Bond Ratings executive vice president.

  • What Investors Need to Hear From Bernanke Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 10:11 AM ET

    Investors are hungry for good news from today's FOMC meeting. Here's what Ben Bernanke can — and can't — deliver.

  • New York Maid Hits Strauss-Kahn With Civil Lawsuit Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 6:52 AM ET
    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 10: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves the Second Annual Conference of International Monetary Fund held at the Baur au Lac Hotel on May 10, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference hosted by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), brought together central bank governors and senior policymakers, to debat about the reform of the international monetary system with topics such as global liquidity p

    Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a housekeeper in a "violent and sadistic attack" in his hotel suite in Manhattan in May, a civil lawsuit filed on Monday alleges.

  • Equities Still Paying Dividends: Warren     Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 5:30 AM ET

    "We are invested pretty heavily in a lot of large dividend paying stocks from around the globe, things that pay in the 6, 7 and 8 percent range, which is a great place to be right now. I'm not sure that I would want to be jumping into treasuries at this point," Randy Warren, chief investment officer at Warren Financial Services, told CNBC.

  • US Government Inadequate on Deficit     Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 5:00 AM ET

    "The debacle in Congress in terms of coming to a deal really highlighted the US government's inadequacy in dealing with the deficit, perhaps a little bit earlier than the government wanted, certainly in terms of the election cycle," Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive at WPP told CNBC

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Following huge losses for the Dow on Monday and further selling in Asia overnight, the markets are watching what the Fed and Ben Bernanke will do at their July Meeting today. Speculation is mounting that the Fed will attempt to restore calm but one fund manager thinks that policy action is unnecessary.

  • S&P Downgrade Blamed for Market Fall-Off     Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 2:00 AM ET

    "When a market sees a forced seller or a forced buyer, the prices will just gap away from them, and that has been going on since the US downgrade." Mark Tinker, global portfolio manager at Axa Framlington, told CNBC.

  • Bob Diamond Queries Barclays’ Future in UK Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 12:30 AM ET
    Barclay's Bank

    The chief executive of Barclays has renewed speculation over the bank’s future in the UK if the British government pushes ahead with sweeping reforms of the industry, the FT reports.

  • Investing in Turmultuous Market     Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:35 PM ET

    Edward Perks, Senior Vice President and Director of Equity Portfolio Management at Franklin Templeton Investments, talks about investment strategy amid market turmoil.

  • Fast Money Web Extra     Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 6:00 PM ET

    The Fast Money crew offers special CNBC.com-only advice on your investments.

  • Markets Plunge on Recession Fears     Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 5:00 PM ET

    Markets saw their biggest three-day drop since late 2008, with the Fast Money traders.