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  • The combined punch of subprime mortgage defaults and heavy debt remains the biggest risk to the health of the U.S. economy, a panel of business economists said Monday.

  • US Dollar Halts Slide In Late Trading Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 12:03 PM ET

    The dollar halted a sharp sell-off against the euro and a basket of major currencies on relief that U.S. manufacturing had not deteriorated as much as expected.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Steady, but Still High Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 5:56 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation remained at a record high in February, the European Union's statistics office estimated on Monday, ahead of the European Central Bank's rate meeting and new growth and inflation forecasts on Thursday.

  • Japan's government may be forced by opposition lawmakers to change its candidate to head the central bank, with former Deputy Governor Yutaka Yamaguchi a possible alternative, local media reported on Sunday.

  • Dollar Spirals, Hits Another Low Against Euro Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 1:48 PM ET

    The dollar spiraled lower as worries about the US economy depressed the currency and raised thorny issues in Europe about how to cope with the growing gap.

  • Inflation is in the air and everyone--including our own Jim Cramer--is talking about whether ethanol is causing higher food prices. But let's talk about a food price that's very important--one that touches my life every week when I go. No, not to the grocery store but to the movie theater!

  • Paulson Slams Mortgage Relief Plans Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 1:45 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    Plans for sweeping federal programs that would aid troubled mortgage borrowers would bring unfair relief to speculators and reward investors who made bad bets, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Thursday.

  • Chances of Aggressive Fed Cut in March Jump Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 8:23 AM ET

    The chance of an aggressive 75 basis points cut in the Federal Reserve's benchmark interest rate shot up to 62 percent on Friday, as U.S. equity futures pointed to a lower open and Treasury prices surged.

  • Euro Zone Sentiment Falls, Jan. Inflation Confirmed Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 7:49 AM ET

    Euro zone economic sentiment fell more than expected in February to its lowest in over two years, highlighting risks to growth and boosting the chances of an ECB rate cut, despite a confirmed surge in January inflation.

  • Inflation in Japan at Decade High, Eyes on Europe, US Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 10:11 PM ET
    Shopper with bags

    Japan's industrial production fell twice as much as expected in January, sending stock prices lower on heightening concern that the country's economy may slow down or even contract in the first quarter of 2008.

  • Dollar Falls to Record Low vs Euro for Third Day Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 2:14 PM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The dollar dropped to record lows against the Swiss franc Thursday as U.S. stocks fell following comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggesting the possibility of more U.S. bank failures.

  • California Suburb Vallejo Faces Bankruptcy Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 11:37 AM ET

    A Bay Area suburb grappling with declining revenue and ballooning employee expenses may become the first city in the state to declare bankruptcy.

  • Fed Chairman: Some Small US Banks May Go Under Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 11:26 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Bernanke said some small U.S. banks might go under during the current housing market problems, but the U.S. bank system overall remained solid.

  • US Distressed Debt Level Highest Since 2003: S&P Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 10:58 AM ET

    The portion of U.S. junk bonds trading at distressed levels rose to 16.9 percent in February, up from 11.1 percent in January in a sign that defaults are headed higher, Standard & Poor's said on Wednesday.

  • French Consumer Morale Lowest in More than 20 Years Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 4:41 AM ET

    French consumer confidence fell to its lowest in more than two decades in February as accelerating inflation made households less inclined to make big-ticket purchases, national statistics office INSEE said on Thursday.

  • Japan Industrial Output Slides, Slowdown Feared Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 8:43 PM ET

    Japan's industrial production fell twice as much as expected in January, sending stock prices lower on heightening concern that the country's economy may slow down or even contract in the first quarter of 2008.

  • Bernanke Signals Rate Cut, Gives Sluggish Outlook Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 12:40 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Bernanke warned Congress that the nation is in for a period of sluggish business growth and sent a fresh signal that interest rates will again be lowered.

  • Mortgage Applications Fall to Lowest Level This Year Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:25 AM ET

    Applications for U.S. home mortgages plunged to their lowest level this year, as rising long-term interest rates curbed incentives to refinance, an industry group's data showed on Wednesday.

  • Durable Goods Suffer Deeper Drop Than Expected Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:18 AM ET

    New orders for long-lasting US-made manufactured goods fell by 5.3 percent in January, the biggest drop in five months and more than analysts expected.

  • Dollar Sinks to Record Low vs Euro Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:02 AM ET

    The dollar sank to a new low against the euro after the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank said Wednesday that the U.S. would encounter more sluggish economic activity in the coming weeks and months.