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  • Dollar Flat vs Euro as FOMC Minutes Seen Dovish Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 3:46 PM ET

    The dollar erased gains against the euro to trade flat Wednesday after minutes of the Federal Reserve's January monetary policy meeting warned of more risks to the U.S. economic growth outlook.

  • Fed Sees Credit, Housing Cutting Into Growth Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 3:01 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Federal Reserve lowered its projection for economic growth this year, citing damage from the housing slump and credit crunch.

  • Fed's Poole: Recession Unlikely but Inflation a Risk Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 2:47 PM ET

    The U.S. economy will probably avoid a recession but inflation is also a risk and the Federal Reserve must not ignore this threat as it battles weak growth, one of the Fed's top policy-makers said.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 2:21 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The text of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting on January 29-30, released on February 20, 2008.

  • Inflation Is Back As An Issue Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 9:32 AM ET

    Futures were already down on the poor mortgage news (both purchases and refinancings were below expectations, and 30-year mortgage rates are now over 6 percent). They dropped again at 8:30 AM when core CPI came in at 0.3 percent in January, the biggest increase since June 2006.

  • Aussie Dollar Rises as Stocks, Commodities Gain Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    The high-yielding Australian and New Zealand dollars climbed Tuesday, as gains in global equities and commodities bolstered investor appetite for risky trades, outweighing worries about the health of the financial sector.

  • Fed's Stern Says Rate Cuts Should Protect Economy Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 9:43 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve's interest rate cuts are appropriate to restore stability in financial markets and prevent damage to the broader economy, Minneapolis Fed President Gary Stern said on Tuesday.

  • Australia's Central Bank Considered Aggressive Hike Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 10:19 PM ET

    Australia's central bank considered raising interest rates by a more aggressive 50 basis points at its Feb. 5 policy meeting, minutes of the meeting showed on Tuesday, pointing strongly to further hikes ahead.

  • Dollar Edges Up in Holiday-Thinned Trading Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 12:56 PM ET
    Dollars and Euro

    The dollar recovered in trade thinned by a U.S. market holiday on Monday, as investors locked in profits following the currency's worst weekly performance of the year so far.

  • Dollar Falls as US Data Reflects Broad Weakness Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 11:38 AM ET
    Dollars and Euro

    The dollar fell against most major currencies Friday after data showing sharp declines in consumer sentiment and New York area manufacturing rekindled fear that the economy continues to slouch toward recession.

  • Weak Economy News, Inflation Weigh On Stocks Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 11:30 AM ET

    A slew of weak economic news and stronger than expected inflation news is weighing on stocks ahead of the Presidents’ Day weekend. Consider: .

  • Greenspan Says U.S. 'On The Edge' of Recession Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 10:56 AM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Thursday said the U.S. economy is "clearly on the edge" of a recession.

  • BOJ Keeps Rate Steady as Expected, Fukui Awaited Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 12:37 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan left its policy rate target unchanged at 0.5 percent on Friday as uncertainty persists over the nation's economic outlook despite resilient growth figures for the last quarter of 2007.

  • Bernanke's Gloomy Outlook Sparks Valentine's Selloff Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 2:09 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    On Tuesday, we had the Warren Buffett rally. On Valentine's Day, it was the Ben Bernanke selloff.

  • Dollar Dips as Bernanke Cites Growth Risks Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 12:28 PM ET
    Dollars and Euro

    The dollar dipped against the euro and yen Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economic outlook had worsened and that the central bank would act as needed to support growth.

  • Bernanke Says Fed Ready To Cut Interest Rates Again Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 11:06 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed  Chairman Bernanke told Congress the country's economic outlook has deteriorated and signaled that the central bank is ready to keep lowering rates.

  • Read Ben Bernanke's Testimony Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 10:46 AM ET

    The full text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony on the state of the U.S. economy and financial markets delivered before the Senate Banking Committee.

  • Singapore's Economy Shrinks, First Time Since 2003 Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 12:06 AM ET

    Singapore cut its economic growth forecast for 2008 on Thursday after the first quarterly contraction since 2003, citing worries about a U.S. recession, and said inflation would be higher than it thought earlier.

  • Australia Unemployment at New Low, Rings Rate Alarm Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 9:46 PM ET

    Australia's jobless rate surprised by falling to a 33-year low of 4.1 percent in January, adding to concerns the drum-tight labor market was stoking inflation and cementing the case for an urgent rise in interest rates.

  • Japan's Economy Grows Faster-Than-Expected Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 8:32 PM ET

    Japan's economy grew 0.9% in the last quarter of 2007, double the expected rate, but a likely slowdown this year meant analysts still saw the Bank of Japan keeping interest rates on hold in 2008, or possibly cutting them.