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  • Bernanke Is Under Pressure To Signal Rate Cut Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 6:28 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is under intense pressure to signal a rate cut when he takes center stage Friday at a gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Economy Surged 4% Before Credit Crunch Hit Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 1:23 PM ET

    Strong business investment and higher exports drove the U.S. economy ahead at a robust 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter before turmoil in credit markets struck that is expected to brake growth ahead.

  • Fed Not Rushing to Rescue Investors with Rate Cut: WSJ Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 4:21 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve is not rushing to cut benchmark interest rates because it wants to break investors of the view that the central bank is there to bail them out, an article in the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday.

  • As Recession Fears Mount, So Do Calls for Rate Cut Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 5:12 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    CEOs, politicians and economists are bringing up the "R" word these days. And nearly all of them have a simple solution: the Fed should cut interest rates--and soon.

  • U.S. Household Incomes Rose Last Year Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 1:28 PM ET

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  • Fed Reluctant to Cut Rates, Latest Minutes Show Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 4:57 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Fed policymakers in early August acknowledged they might have to  ease a growing credit crunch but hoped for "more normal market conditions" without intervention.

  • Drop In Home Prices Shows Signs of Worsening Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 3:30 PM ET

    If you think the decline in home prices is bad now, just wait.  Two reports out his week show the once high-flying housing market is quicky losing altitude and that prices are likely to head still lower.

  • Consumer Confidence Falls To Lowest Level in a Year Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 10:30 AM ET

    U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in August to its lowest in a year on concerns about a softening labor market and market turmoil stemming from the subprime mortgage crisis, a business research group said on Tuesday.

  • German Business Sentiment Slips Less than Forecast Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 7:29 AM ET

    German business confidence slipped again in August for the third month in a row amid volatility on global financial markets, a closely watched survey showed Tuesday, but the decline was smaller than expected.

  • Small Businesses Less Upbeat on Economy: Poll Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 9:05 AM ET

    Economic confidence among U.S. small business owners fell in August as a slowing housing market soured sentiment, and 41 percent said they had recent cash flow troubles, according to a survey released Monday.

  • The risk of massive defaults on subprime mortgages and heavy debts now poses a bigger threat to U.S. economic prosperity than terrorism, a panel of U.S. business economists said on Monday.

  • Construction Jobs Likely to Decline Further Sunday, 26 Aug 2007 | 3:29 PM ET

    Job losses in the U.S. construction sector could top one million if a housing downturntips the economy into recession and tighter access to credit dampens business investment.Strength in nonresidential construction may continue to offset a downturn in housing for now, but recent turmoil in credit markets suggests job losses may accelerate in the sectorin the next few months.

  • Recessions: A History Lesson on How Few We've Had Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 11:09 AM ET

    Talk about a recession from a very small group of people need to be balanced against the fact that no major strategist is predicting a recession. Many are trimming their forecasts slightly, but that is a long way from a recession. Even Ben Bernanke maintains a forecast of "moderate" growth of 2.5% in the GDP this year, and a slight expansion in 2008.

  • France Says September ECB Rate Rise Not Done Deal Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 8:43 AM ET

    France on Friday kept up the pressure on the European Central Bank to take account of global financial market turmoil and economic growth when setting interest rates, and said a September rate rise was not a done deal.

  • Fed Rate Cut Seen for Sept. 18: Economist Poll Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 12:45 PM ET

    A global credit squeeze has most economists convinced the Federal Reserve will come to the rescue and cut interest rates next month, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.

  • Exxon Mobil Delays Work on Louisiana Gasoline Unit Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 2:49 PM ET

    Exxon Mobil has delayed work on the 71,600 barrel per day gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 188,160 barrel per day refinery in Chalmette, La., trade sources said on Tuesday.

  • Recent market turmoil only warrants a change in interest rates by the U.S. central bank if it hits the outlook for inflation or growth, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker said on Tuesday, noting that price pressures remain a worry.

  • Rising Food Prices Fuel Chinese Inflation Worries Sunday, 19 Aug 2007 | 6:01 PM ET

    After a run that has seen sizzling growth top 10 percent for four years, analysts say China's supercharged economy is facing strains that could break out into an upsurge of inflation.

  • Oil Jumps on Fed Discount Rate Cut, Hurricane Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 3:36 PM ET

    Oil prices jumped Friday after the U.S. Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate to calm financial markets and on concerns Hurricane Dean could hit Gulf of Mexico installations.

  • Peanut butter and jelly maker J.M. Smucker said Friday quarterly profit rose a better-than-expected 42 percent, helped by the acquisition of dairy company Eagle Family Foods, lower restructuring costs and gross margin improvement.