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    Analysts have been feverishly revising down their growth projections. Much depends on the effectiveness of policies and, critically, whether there will finally be a more coherent and sustained policy response in systemically important countries, especially the US and Europe.

  • Unemployment claims are the big hurdle for markets Thursday, as investors watch to see if economic headwinds will keep the weekly number elevated.

  • Mad Money, June 8, 2011     Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 6:00 PM ET

    Mad Money host and former hedge fund manager, Jim Cramer, provides stock traders with all manner of investing advice.

  • Athletes' Second Careers Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 5:25 PM ET
    On June 1, 2011, the Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement from professional basketball. Both time and an Achilles injury had caught up with him, and now he would leave the court and fade into the sunset. Fortunately, he already has a record of off-court accomplishments under his belt, such as a movie career, a music career and even time served as a law enforcement official. For O’Neal, the question now is not what he will do for a second career, but which one he will pursue

    Click to see the second careers that athletes have pursued after they left the playing field once and for all.

  • Johnson: How to Create Jobs in America Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 12:20 PM ET

    Our beloved two party political system is currently negotiating an increase to the debt ceiling, all in the name of fiscal responsibility.

  • The German Example Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 11:07 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Germany has been a frequent cudgel in recent fights over the American economy. When Germany has grown faster than the United States, stimulus skeptics like to point across the Atlantic Ocean and say that austerity works. When it has grown more slowly, people who think the American stimulus made a big difference — including me — return the favor the Mew York Times reports.

  • A recovery in the US housing market and growth for the US economy are key to the global economic recovery, along with growth in China and further funding for Greece, Gary Baker, head of European equity strategy at BofA Merrill Lynch told CNBC.

  • The Other Jobs Indicator     Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 8:30 AM ET

    The net jobs data is a small fraction of a total number of hires, which are the numbers people should look at more closely, says Edward Lazear, former chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers/Stanford University Economics professor; with Meredith Whitney, Meredith Whitney Advisory Group.

  • Fed Chief Ben Bernanke Testifies to House Budget Committee

    There was no guidance on the end of the second round of quantitative easing or QE2 and no guidance on the chance of QE3, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday confirmed market expectations that the United States' borrowing costs will remain low for the foreseeable future.

  • Race for Leadership of IMF Heats Up Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 12:31 AM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    Agustin Carstens, the underdog candidate to head the International Monetary Fund, has accused European governments of trying to pre-empt the fund’s succession process and failing to tackle their own debt problems, reported the FT.

  • Mad Money, June 7, 2011     Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 6:00 PM ET

    Mad Money host and former hedge fund manager, Jim Cramer, provides stock traders with all manner of investing advice.

  • Double-Dip Unlikely so Buy Stocks: Economist Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 3:53 AM ET
    Fed Chief Ben Bernanke Testifies to House Budget Committee

    Despite weak economic data a double dip recession is unlikely and investors should favor stocks over bonds, according to Chris Watling, the CEO of Longview Economics in London.

  • US Can Grow Without More Easing: Analyst Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 1:00 AM ET

    The US economy can still grow by as much as 2.5 percent this year without a third round of quantitative easing, despite a raft of bad economic data, Rajiv Biswas, chief economist at IHS Global Insight told CNBC on Monday.

  • ECB Firefight Leaves It Exposed to Greek Shock Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 12:15 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    As euro zone politicians scramble to bring Greek public finances back under control, the question of how much the European Central Bank will lose if they fail to avert a default has taken on greater importance, reported the FT.

  • Mad Money, June 6, 2011     Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 6:00 PM ET

    Mad Money host and former hedge fund manager, Jim Cramer, provides stock traders with all manner of investing advice.

  • The Economic Forecast     Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 9:02 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman has the economic growth forecasts from top economists.

  • Gauging the Economic Recovery     Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 8:14 AM ET

    Insight on why he is urging the Obama administration to revisit policies to help business flourish, with Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY).

  • May Jobs Indicate Economic Slowdown?     Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 8:00 AM ET

    The new reality of the economy is that we are actually adding more jobs per month and May's numbers shouldn't weigh too heavily on optimism, according to John Silvia, Wells Fargo, but Jack De Gan, Harbor Advisor, disagrees. Insight with Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • Economists Adjust GDP Forecasts     Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 7:34 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman takes a look at a the economists that are optimistic about the future of the economy and why.

  • Economists: Are 50 Worth More Than 1? Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 6:39 AM ET

    At the world economic forum in 2009 one leading economist told me he was perplexed. Why would an economist be perplexed as the world economy teetered on the brink you ask? Well it had nothing to do with the state of the global economy and everything to do with supply and demand.