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As a long-time bond bull, my gratitude to the know-nothings in the Tea Party is profound. So what if they played a major role in taking a thousand points off the stock market in the wake of the U.S. debt downgrade?
The Federal Reserve’s announcement that it intended to keep credit cheap for at least two more years was a clear invitation to Americans: Go out and borrow. But many economists say it will take more than low interest rates to persuade consumers, a crucial driver of the nation’s economy, to take on more debt, the New York Times reports.
In a week like the one just ended, it's worth giving up some pleasure to avoid more pain, these strategists say.
President Obama plans to leave next week for vacation on Martha's Vineyard. With all that is going on in the country and around the world, should he cancel his trip? Vote now.
There are several things that can be done to help turn the market around, including leaders from Washington and around the world canceling their vacations to go back to work, Jim Cramer said Thursday.
Here’s the first super-committee interview with newly appointed member Sen. Pat Toomey.
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.
We had a flash crash. Then we had a flash rally. Now we're flashing again to the downside. I think we should all go away for a few days and give it a rest.
The Bank of England is gloomy and the Swiss franc can't stop rising - it's your daily FX Fix.
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.
Big moves are not being anticipated today and, truth is, the Fed has no big moves left in its deck of cards. The Benjamin might not say anything. But there are some policy steps that could be taken, even though the benefits are modest.
Market expectations for future growth shifting rapidly towards uncertainty over global debt servicing.
"There is a long road from double-A to double dip. I think the market is certainly running too far into negative territory," Didier Duret, global chief investment officer at ABN Amro Private Banking, told CNBC.
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.
"I think US investors got a little more confident about the future, or perhaps a little less pessimistic about where we are going ,and perhaps there is some expectation that the Fed is going to come in and provide the markets with a bit of a lift," Peter Dixon, senior economist at Commerzbank Securities told CNBC.
Investors are hungry for good news from today's FOMC meeting. Here's what Ben Bernanke can — and can't — deliver.
"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.
"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
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.
"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.