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  • Paulson: Housing Is Still Biggest Threat to Economy Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 9:49 AM ET
    Henry M. Paulson, US Treasury Secretary

    The U.S. economy has "turned down sharply" and is at risk of weakening further because of the slump in housing, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said.

  • European Central Bank Rate Decision Timeline Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 9:12 AM ET

    This is a timeline of the European Central Bank's rate decisions from 2007 to date.

  • Trade Deficit Up; Jobless Claims Less Than Expected Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 8:40 AM ET

    The US trade deficit widened unexpectedly in February as imports of consumer and other goods set a record and grew faster than exports, which hit a record for the 12th consecutive month, a government report showed on Thursday.

  • Pimco's El-Erian: Rate-Cutting May Be Near End Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 7:41 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve will stop cutting interest rates once it is assured that the economic contraction is limited to the financial sector, PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Arian told CNBC.

  • Dollar Dips vs. Euro, Yen on Gloomy US Outlook Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 12:02 PM ET

    The dollar extended its fall against the yen Wednesday, dropping to session lows as U.S. stocks deepened losses after a surge in oil prices.

  • Fed Considering Additional Liquidity Measures Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 8:30 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve is mulling further steps to address liquidity problems in financial markets should measures taken to date fail to gain traction, a Fed official confirmed Wednesday.

  • BOJ Keeps Rates Steady, Shirakawa Confirmed as Chief Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 10:03 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan left its interest rate target unchanged at 0.5 percent on Wednesday, as expected, in a unanimous vote.

  • Greenspan Says Fed Didn't Cause Housing Bubble Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 5:17 PM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Former Federal Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC  he had little to do with the  housing bubble or credit crisis despite criticism the Fed kept interest rates too low under his watch.

  • Fed Didn't Inflate the Housing Bubble: Greenspan Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 4:55 PM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has defended himself from charges that easy U.S. monetary policy created the current credit crisis by inflating a housing bubble, and instead blamed professional investors.

  • Dollar Slips vs. Euro as Traders Digest Fed Minutes Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 4:38 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The U.S. dollar edged lower versus the euro on Tuesday as minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting showed policy makers felt that a prolonged and severe economic downturn can't be ruled out.

  • Fed Minutes Show Worries About a Deep Recession Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 3:36 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Worries about a deep recession--not a shallow one--drove Fed policymakers to slash interest rates again last month, according to minutes of their  meeting.

  • Full Text: FOMC Minutes Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 2:28 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The following is the text of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting of March 18, issued on Tuesday:

  • Small Business Optimism Index Hits All-Time Low Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 7:43 AM ET

    A gauge of small business optimism in the United States sunk in March to a 22-year low, as small business owners clamped down on plans to create new jobs and expand business operations, a survey released Tuesday showed.

  • Rice Crisis or Reality Check? Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 7:03 PM ET

    Spiraling food costs. Everyone is talking about it in Asia – over morning coffee, on the trains, over family dinners, even during the elevator ride up to work.  In particular, the surging price of rice.

  • Dollar Steady vs Euro ahead of ECB Rate Decision Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 11:52 AM ET

    The U.S. dollar held steady against the euro Monday in European trading at the start of a week that will see the latest interest rate decision from the European Central Bank.

  • The Therapeutic Power of Recessions Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 10:33 AM ET

    Recessions are part of capitalism. They happen every so often. We’ve had two in the last super-prosperous 25 years. And it looks like we’re entering a third one after Friday’s jobs-loss report.

  • U.S. Sliding into Recession: Head of Economic Bureau Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 10:15 AM ET
    Martin Feldstein

    Martin Feldstein, who heads the group that is considered the arbiter of U.S. recessions, told CNBC that he believes the U.S. has been sliding into a recession.

  • Japan Picks Shirakawa to Head Bank of Japan Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 1:22 AM ET

    Japan's government put forward acting central bank governor Masaaki Shirakawa on Monday to head the Bank of Japan permanently, finally finding a candidate the veto-wielding opposition is likely to back after weeks of deadlock.

  • Australia February Trade Deficit Blows Out to Record Sunday, 6 Apr 2008 | 11:18 PM ET

    Australia's trade deficit blew out to a record in February as bad weather and supply bottlenecks dented exports of coal and iron ore, while solid business spending at home kept imports near all-time highs.

  • Greenspan Sees More Than 50% Chance of Recession Sunday, 6 Apr 2008 | 9:59 AM ET
    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

    There is more than a 50 percent chance the United States could go into recession, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan told Spain's El Pais newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.