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  • Mortgages and Other Loans Becoming Harder to Get Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    Banks and other lenders-- from the nation's largest to those with only a few branches-- say they are tightening lending standards,  and not just for home loans.

  • Treasurys Gain as Economic Signs Point to Recession Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 2:58 PM ET

    Treasury debt prices rose as a series of bleak reports suggested the economy may have tipped toward recession, boosting the allure of safe-haven government bonds.

  • Investors Shun Muni Bonds As Credit Crisis Worsens Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 11:01 AM ET

    Investors are shying away from municipal bonds, forcing states and cities around the nation to pay sharply higher interest rates.

  • Inflation Worries Send Prices of Long Bonds Lower Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 1:03 PM ET

    Long-dated government bond prices slid Thursday after a report showing growing exports exacerbated worries that inflation could get out of hand if the Federal Reserve keeps cutting interest rates, as signaled by the central bank's chief.

  • Bonds Close Lower After Late Stock Surge Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 5:17 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury bond prices turned mixed Wednesday as credit worries offset pressure from an unexpected  increase in January retail sales.

  • Buffett's Offer Rejected by Bond Insurer Ambac Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 6:42 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Troubled bond insurer Ambac Financial Group said it has rejected extra guarantees on municipal bonds offered by billionaire investor Warren Buffett -- and it may not be the first to have done so.

  • Bond Slip as Buffett Plan Eases Flight to Safety Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 1:35 PM ET

    Treasury bond prices slid after billionaire investor Warren Buffett offered to take over some liabilities of bond insurers, easing a critical concern that has inspired flight-to-safety bond purchases.

  • Treasurys Gain on Increased Fears of Recession Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 2:51 PM ET

    Treasury debt prices rose Monday as investors sought a safe haven for their assets in continued worries that a housing-led slowdown could be dragging the U.S. economy into recession.

  • Bonds Capitalize on Fear in Stock Market Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 1:05 PM ET

    Treasury debt prices rallied, recovering from their worst rout in four years as recession fears and worries about credit markets restored the allure of safe-haven government bonds.

  • Bonds Tumble as Treasury Auction Disappoints Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 2:47 PM ET

    Long bonds tumbled more than three full points on Thursday as selling accelerated following a poorly received auction of 30-year U.S. Treasurys.

  • Bonds Slip as Profit-Takers Step In Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 1:59 PM ET

    Treasury debt prices fell Wednesday as investors took profits from a rally that has pushed yields to four-year lows amid fears of a possible U.S. recession.

  • Treasury debt prices climbed Tuesday after data showed the all-important service sector contracted sharply last month, sending recession-wary investors into safe-harbor government bonds.

  • Bond Prices Fall in Profit Taking Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 5:32 PM ET

    Long-dated U.S. Treasury debt prices fell Monday as traders took profits ahead of new supply of government bonds this week, cashing in on a recent rally driven by fears of a U.S. recession.

  • More Than Just Banks Now Feeling Subprime Pain Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    Financials have taken a big hit related to subprime problems, but now it's looking like no firm is safe — the mortgage mess is having an impact on a number of other sectors.

  • Bonds Move Higher as Recession Fears Resurface Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 2:51 PM ET

    U.S. government bond prices rose as recession fears mounted after news of the first labor market contraction in four and a half years.

  • Bonds Steady as Stocks Stage Turnaround Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

    Treasury debt prices were little changed Thursday, paring earlier gains as stocks climbed amid assurances from a bond insurer that it has enough cash to cover its near-term needs.

  • Rating Agencies Hold Off Downgrading MBIA, Ambac Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 11:13 AM ET
    MBIA

    Major rating agencies are holding off downgrading bond insurers MBIA and Ambac Financial Group while they attempt to work out a bailout plan, bankers working on the bailout told CNBC.

  • Troubled Bond Insurers Facing More Downgrades Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 11:11 AM ET
    MBIA

    Bond insurers, whose foray into the subprime debt market has led to billions of dollars in losses, are facing more downgrades of their prized Triple A rating.

  • Bond Insurers Face Downgrade Despite Call for Delay Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 3:40 PM ET

    Wall Street bond rating agencies are poised to downgrade two big bond insurers, Ambac Financial Group and MBIA, even though New York state insurance regulars would like to get a postponement until the state can develop a bailout package, CNBC has learned.

  • MBIA, Ambac Understate Losses: Short Seller Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    Hedge Fund manager William Ackman, of Pershing Square Capital, is submitting data to the SEC and insurance regulators in New York State alleging that bond insurers MBIA and Ambac are understating their losses.