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  • Volatile Stock Markets? Ask Investors' Clinic Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 9:32 AM ET

    With extreme market volatility putting even the most experienced traders' skills to the test, getting up to the minute investment advice could help you navigate the bears and ride the bulls.

  • Treasurys Stall After Initial Surge Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 4:09 PM ET

    Treasurys gave back much of a vigorous rally in late trading Wednesday when a sagging stock market suddenly regained strength and stopped the flow of money into bonds.

  • Bonds Rally Amid Stock Sell-Off Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 1:40 PM ET

    U.S. Treasurys surged on Tuesday after an emergency interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve met with limited success in staunching a sell-off in stocks and helped extend a safe-haven bid for government debt.

  • Bonds Rally in Asia, 10-Year Yield Hits Four-Year Low Monday, 21 Jan 2008 | 11:35 PM ET

    U.S. Treasuries shot up on Tuesday, pushing the benchmark 10-year yield to a 4-1/2-year low after a dramatic sell-off in stock markets around the world carried over into Asia on escalating fears that the U.S. economy is heading for a recession.

  • Short-term Bonds Gain as Stimulus Plan Panned Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 2:25 PM ET

    Short-dated U.S. government bonds rose Friday as stocks turned negative on investor fears a White House stimulus package might not keep the economy from sliding into recession.

  • Bonds Ease as Stock Market Recovers Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 3:00 PM ET

    Treasury debt prices eased on Wednesday as investors cashed in on a string of gains while stocks tried to find a footing after posting severe losses earlier in the week.

  • Ambac Cuts Dividend, Plans to Raise $1 Billion Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 8:24 AM ET

    Hard-hit bond insurer Ambac Financial Wednesday slashed its quarterly dividend, announced plans to raise $1 billion of new capital and named an interim chief executive as it scrambles to maintain a triple-A credit rating.

  • Treasurys rallied on Tuesday as a drop in Christmas sales and Citigroup's first ever quarterly loss sent stocks sharply lower, rekindling investors' penchant for safety.

  • Bonds Gain As Recession Fears Linger Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 1:15 PM ET

    Treasury debt prices rose slightly Monday as a rebound on Wall Street was offset by expectations of aggressive interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve and forecasts of a possible recession.

  • Treasurys Up on Recession Fears, Rate Cut Bets Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 2:21 PM ET

    Treasurys rose Friday with yields falling to their lowest levels since 2004, prompted by renewed fears of a recession and growing certainty of a hefty interest rate cut this month from the Federal Reserve.

  • After ending 2007 with a gain of almost 29%, their best year since 1998, shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway have been showing some weakness in the New Year. Today's "Ahead of the Tape" column in The Wall Street Journal has an idea about what's pulling down BRK.

  • Short-term Bonds Rise on Bernanke Remarks Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 2:50 PM ET

    Short-dated Treasury debt prices rose Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks solidified expectations the Fed would aggressively pare interest rates to forestall a recession.

  • On the Line: NY Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 11:06 AM ET

    The country's top insurance regulator tells Cramer his plan to get the business back on track - and why he reached out to Berkshire Hathaway.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Central Park and midtown Manhattan are shown in this aerial view Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Warren Buffett's brand-new municipal bond insurer, Berkshire Hathaway Assurance Corporation, has sold its first coverage, backing a $10 million bond issued by New York City yesterday.  Ajit Jain, who runs Berkshire's insurance businesses, tells the New York Times, "We're tip-toeing into the market, doing very small deals. We want to see if we can get the pricing that we find acceptable to us. Once we find this is real, we'll put in a lot more capital." He also describes how a call from a New York regulator played a key role.

  • The man who oversees the insurance operations for Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway tells CNBC that Berkshire is talking with troubled bond insurers like MBIA and Ambac about a possible partnership or purchase, although it doesn't sound like anything major is imminent.  Ajit Jain's comment came in response to a question from Erin Burnett in a live interview on CNBC's Street Signs about why Berkshire chose to "build" its own bond insurer rather than buy an existing company like Ambac or MBIA.

  • Treasurys Mixed as Stocks Falter Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers the board's Monetary Policy Report to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington Wednesday, July 19, 2006. "The recent rise in inflation is of concern," and possible increases in the prices of oil as well as other raw materials "remain a risk to the inflation outlook," Bernanke said. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Treasurys were mixed Wednesday but off earlier lows, buffeted by a stock market struggling to rebound from its worst new year start in history on persistent recession worries.

  • Bonds Come Off Lows as Stocks Weaken Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 1:30 PM ET
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    Treasurys were weaker Tuesday but off their lows as traders skipped back and forth between stocks and bonds on worries about a recession induced by the prolonged deterioration in the housing market.

  • Yields of Dreams Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 11:13 AM ET

    Four stocks with Fed-proof dividends at bargain basement prices.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Bonds Ease on Fed Speculation Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 8:22 AM ET

    U.S. Treasuries eased on Monday, giving back some recent gains in the wake of their strongest weekly rally in more than two months.

  • Bonds Rise on Weak Unemployment Report Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 4:36 PM ET

    Treasury prices rose after a report that employers created far fewer jobs than expected in December stoked recession worries.