U.S. Treasurys were steady on Tuesday, as investors awaited this week's testimony from the Federal Reserve chief to discern the direction of U.S. monetary policy.» Read More
The week's top business and investment news, including Hurricane Irene and banking plays.
John Lipsky, IMF first deputy managing director, evaluates the chances of a recession, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.
"We did see gold hit all time highs this week and the sell off wasn¿t as sharp as the sell off that we saw in silver back in April and that¿s because there have been a number of structural changes that have taken place in the gold market. We have seen gold being embraced by the portfolio manager but also there have been a number of changes that have meant the gold price is much better supported than silver is. The macro uncertainty has seen investors turning back to gold and that was something that was absent in the first part of the year." Suki Cooper commodities analyst at Barclays Capital told CNBC
A look at how Bernanke's speech has impacted the markets, with Mark Olson, Treliant Risk Advisors co-chairman.
Insight on how banks like PNC handle hurricane prep and a look ahead of today's Fed speech on the economy, with James Rohr, PNC Financial Services Group, who says the economy is getting a little bit better every month.
CNBC's Ross Westgate takes a look at European markets ahead of Fed chief Bernanke's speech today.
Bernanke is unlikely to announce a third round of quantitative easing in his Jackson Hole speech this afternoon, Tony Fratto, the director of Hamilton Place Strategies, a public policy research firm, told CNBC. "If investors are betting on a Bernanke put, they are setting themselves up for a disappointment. Bernanke hinted at QE3 last year, but I don't think we are going to see that kind of activity today," Fratto said.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see some selling today based on no news [about QE3 from Jackson Hole], but I don't think it will be a big sell-off," Charlie Parker, investment editor at Citywire, told CNBC.
Toby Lawson, Head of FF&O and Cash Equities at Newedge says markets are expecting Ben Bernanke to make a definitive statement to build some confidence.
Mickey Levy, Bank of America, and Diane Swonk, Mesirow Financial, discuss what the Fed could do to thwart another recession, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.
Jeffrey Miron, Department of Economics at Harvard University says that U.S. growth is so slow relative to normal rates that it will experience all the negative effects of a recession even if it doesn't fall into another technical recession.
Anticipating Ben Bernanke's speech Friday, with the Fast Money team.
Nouriel Roubini, Roubini Global Economics, explains why Fed chief Ben Bernanke will announce QE3 tomorrow. He also says it doesn't matter what Obama proposes, because it will never get through the Republican Congress.
Mohamed El-Erian, PIMCO CEO and Co-CIO, discusses the odds that Ben Bernanke will announce another round of quantitative easing on Friday.
Insight on the tools at the Fed's disposal now, with Martin Feldstein, Harvard University, and CNBC's Steve Liesman.
A look at the slowness in the economy and whether it is signaling a recession, and a look ahead of the Fed speech tomorrow, with Drew Matus, UBS Investment Research and Alan Gayle, RidgeWorth Capital Management.
Discussing the jump in BAC shares after Raymond James reiterated its strong buy on the stock, and investment strategies ahead of Bernanke's big speech on Friday, with Keith McCullough, Hedgeye Risk Management CEO.
Michael Block, Phoenix Partners Group provides insight on Bernanke's Friday speech, and Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, weighs in on the drop in gold prices and how to play it.
Discussing how investors can stay one step ahead of the Fed chief and get returns above the inflation rate, with Wayne Lin, Legg Mason Global Asset Allocation.
Should Bernanke should come to the market's rescue with another round of monetary stimulus? Glenn Hubbard, Columbia University Graduate School of Business weighs in.