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  • Outlook '08: Fixed Income May Make Investors Defensive Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:40 AM ET

    Investors in US fixed income markets face a laundry list of uncertainties in 2008, which are likely to keep them on the defensive, analysts say. The best course of action may be to diversify.

  • Dollar Rises vs. Yen on Global Central Bank Action Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:31 AM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The yen tumbled and high-yielding currencies posted sharp gains as carry trades regained popularity Wednesday after Federal Reserve and other major central banks announced coordinated measures to ease the money market's liquidity crunch.

  • Fed's Recent Moves to Add Liquidity Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:00 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced with other major central banks measures to alleviate upward pressure in interbank markets as financial sector troubles have made it more difficult for banks to raise funds. Following are some major steps the Fed has taken to provide funding to the banking system.

  • Federal Reserve's Statement On Boosting Liquidity Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 9:29 AM ET

    The text of the Federal Reserve's statement on adding additional liquidity into money markets released Dec. 12.

  • Fed Trims Rates 1/4 Point, Disappointing Investors Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 2:45 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut  interest rates a modest quarter point, disappointing Wall Street, which had hoped for more-aggressive action.

  • Australian Consumer Sentiment Improves in December Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 6:45 PM ET

    Australian consumer sentiment improved in December as relief over the central bank's decision not to raise interest rates enhanced confidence in the economy, a survey showed on Wednesday.

  • Dollar Rises Against Euro After Modest Fed Cut Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:48 PM ET

    The dollar rose slightly against the euro but fell against the yen on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point, less than what some had expected.

  • The FOMC's Statement Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

    The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 25 basis points to 4-1/4 percent.

  • Markets Hope Fed Will Cut Rates by Half a Point Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 12:43 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Financial markets expect the Fed to trim interest rates a quarter point this afternoon, but many investors are hoping for a half-point cut.

  • Global Economy May Have Tough Year in 2008 Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 11:14 AM ET

    The U.S. economy is in the danger zone and one good shock could send it into recession next year, according to Global Insights, which released its top 10 predictions for 2008 Tuesday.The Boston-based forecasting company said GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2007 and first half of 2008 is expected to be very weak, and will make the United States extremely vulnerable.

  • Small Business Optimism Falls to 1993 Low Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 9:51 AM ET

    Small business confidence in the U.S. economy tumbled for the second straight month in November because of worries that economic growth will slow, a survey released on Tuesday showed.

  • What the Fed Is Facing at Tuesday's Policy Meeting Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 9:33 AM 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)

    Wall Street widely expects the Fed to cut interest rates Tuesday. Here are some of the factors policymakers will be considering

  • World Jobs Outlook Good Despite US Dip: Poll Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 4:24 AM ET

    The global hiring outlook for the first quarter of 2008 remains healthy despite a slightly softer jobs forecast for the United States, a quarterly survey by Manpower Inc, one of the world's largest employment services companies, showed Tuesday.

  • China's Consumer Inflation Blazes to 11-Year High Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 12:51 AM ET
    China's National Flag

    China's factory gate prices jumped 4.6 percent in the year to November, overshooting forecasts by a wide margin and fueling concern that inflation could pose a stiffer challenge than many anticipated.

  • Dollar Slips Ahead of Fed Rate Decision Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 2:46 PM ET

    The dollar retreated against most major currencies Monday, reversing some recent strong gains ahead of an expected Federal Reserve interest rate cut this week.

  • Why Fed Is Expected To Cut Interest Rates Again Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 7:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    A lot has changed since the Federal Reserve hinted two months ago that it might be finished cutting interest rates for a while.

  • Japan's Machinery Orders Jump More Than Expected Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | 8:50 PM ET

    Japanese core machinery orders rose more than expected in October, suggesting Japanese corporate activity remained resilient in the face of concerns over turmoil in global financial markets.

  • Dollar Climbs vs. Yen on U.S. Jobs Data Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 4:32 PM ET

    The dollar rose against the yen Friday, as a slightly-above-forecast jobs report eased was seen reducing the chance of an aggressive interest rate cut.

  • Paulson Asserts Subprime Plan Isn't Federal Bailout Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 3:25 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson defended the Bush administration's subprime mortgage plan, telling CNBC that it is not a federal bailout.

  • Protecting Your Portfolio Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 12:03 PM ET

    If cars and homes need insurance, investors should have it, too. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.