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  • Economic Outlook: The Week Ahead Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 4:17 PM ET

    Investors will look in the coming week for any signs of calm returning to distressed money and credit markets and await a signal from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on whether an interest rate cut is imminent.

  • Video Roundup: What the Experts Say Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 4:01 PM ET

    August non-farm payroll employment dropped by 4,000, the weakest monthly report in four years. Strategists, analysts and economists offer CNBC their insights.

  • U.S. Officials Says Job Fall Won't Stall Economy Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 2:04 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    Bush administration officials Friday sought to ease fears the U.S. was tipping into recession after a government report showed the economy shed jobs for the first time in four years last month.

  • Retailers Hit by Worries About Consumer Spending Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 1:08 PM ET
    Cash Register

    A surprise drop in U.S. jobs  could scare consumers into shutting their wallets during the key holiday shopping season.

  • IMF Expects World Growth Estimates to Be Cut Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 10:57 AM ET

    International Monetary Fund Managing Director Rodrigo Rato said on Friday he expected a downward revision of IMF world growth estimates for 2007 and 2008 because of global credit turmoil.

  • On his last day as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Alan Greenspan smiles as he presides over his final Federal Open Market Committee meeting at the the Fed's headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. He is speaking to Deborah J. Danker, at left, special assistant to the board, with Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr., at right. Greenspan has held the post for more than 18 years and is widely viewed as the most successful chairman in the Fed's 92-year h

    Alan Greenspan, once the world's top central banker, said ongoing credit  turmoil reminded him of the 1987 and 1998 market crises.

  • Fed's Fisher Says Inflation Moving in Right Direction Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 5:14 PM ET

    Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher said on Thursday that there is still a lot of analysis ahead before the next Fed decision on interest rates.

  • Market's New Worry: What If Fed Doesn't Cut Rates? Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 3:39 PM ET

    The markets are expecting a rate cut. The Federal Reserve is reluctant to give them one. Add to the mix some surprisingly good economic news. What've you got? A lot of confusion.

  • Mortgage Watch: Why Libor May Cost You Money Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 2:34 PM ET

    Most homeowners probably don't know what it is--or even how to pronounce it.  But the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, is having a noticeable impact on adjustable rate mortgages.

  • Fed's Kroszner Says Mortgage Crisis Could Hit Economy Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 2:11 PM ET

    Turmoil stemming from subprime mortgage delinquencies could dampen demand for homes and ultimately slow economic growth, Federal Reserve Governor Randall Kroszner said Thursday.

  • Fed's Poole: Avoid Overreacting to Queasy Markets Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 2:05 PM ET

    Turbulence buffeting global financial markets risks tipping economies into recession but policy makers must avoid overreacting to it for fear of making the situation worse, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President William Poole said on Thursday.

  • Service Sector Growth Steady in August Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 11:27 AM ET

    U.S. service sector growth held steady in August, although employment conditions deteriorated to their weakest level in nearly five years, according to a report released Thursday.

  • Monster U.S. Online Jobs Index Edges Up in August Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 4:45 AM ET

    A gauge of U.S. labor demand was higher in August but recruitment activity recovered lessthan it typically does in the month, in another sign of a cooling job market, a report said Thursday.

  • Fed: Tighter Credit Hurts Housing, Not Economy Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 4:42 PM ET

    Financial market turbulence leading to tighter mortgage lending standards noticeably hurt housing activity in most Federal Reserve districts in recent weeks, adding uncertainty about the recovery of the downtrodden housing sector, the Fed said on Wednesday.

  • Pending Home Sales Plunge; Private Job Gains Fade Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 1:46 PM ET

    Pending sales of existing U.S. homes plunged by a record 12.2 percent in July, and private employers hired the fewest workers in more than four years in August, according to reports released Wednesday that point to a weakening U.S. economy.

  • U.S. Mortgage Applications Climb, ARM Rates Higher Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 7:12 AM ET

    Applications for U.S. home loans rose last week, while the highest adjustable rate mortgages in over six years put another nail in the coffin of the once-torrid sector, an industry group's data showed on Wednesday.

  • Fed's Lacker Says Rate Cut Is Not Automatic Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 4:30 PM ET

    Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker said on Tuesday he would back an interest rate cut if the evidence pointed to slowing U.S. economic growth and diminished inflation, but he warned that this outcome was by no means automatic.

  • Bernanke: Fed Ready to Act If Needed Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 11:14 AM ET
  • A History of Recessions Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 11:09 AM ET

    Economics is known as an imprecise science and one might need look no further than the business of calling recessions to see that. Unlike the weather, recessions arrive before you know it and depart under the same circumstances.

  • Ben Bernanke's Speech to the Kansas City Fed Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 11:08 AM ET

    "It is not the responsibility of the Federal Reserve--nor would it be appropriate--to protect lenders and investors from the consequences of their financial decisions. But developments in financial markets can have broad economic effects felt by many outside the markets, and the Federal Reserve must take those effects into account when determining policy."