Economic Measures


  • ECB Increases Intervention in Bond Markets Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 | 4:26 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank increased its intervention in government bond markets last week, indicating that the euro’s monetary guardian remained wary of an escalation of the eurozone debt crisis, reports the Financial Times.

  • We Need to Act or Get Thrown Out: Sen.-Elect Portman Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 10:43 AM ET

    The newly elected Congress needs to “get to work” to solve some of the country’s biggest problems or the American people will throw them out in two years, GOP Sen.-Elect Rob Portman of Ohio told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Exports, Jobs to Drive US Growth: Goldman's O'Neill Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 8:05 AM ET

    Rising exports and falling unemployment will drive US growth in 2011 and allow the country to avoid comparisons to Japan's lost decade, Goldman Sachs Asset Management economist Jim O'Neill told CNBC.

  • Fed Has Aided Stocks, Not Rates or Jobs: CNBC Survey Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 8:02 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve’s $600 billion stimulus program has done little to lower interest rates and or improve unemployment, though it has boosted stock and commodity prices, a CNBC survey says.

  • Unemployed Get Another Jobless Benefit—Free Yoga Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010 | 10:04 AM ET

    With national unemployment just below 10 percent, $20 yoga classes don't qualify as necessities for many out-of-work people who've pruned luxuries from their budgets. So in a gesture that's part send-good-vibes-to-the-universe and part community outreach, a handful of yoga studios have decided to cut the unemployed a break.

  • Next year will be  “quite good” for the private equity world, David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the private equity firm the Carlyle Group, told CNBC Monday.

  • James Bullard

    US economic growth will be stronger than previously expected in 2011 and monetary easing has been "at least modestly successful so far," James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said on Monday.

  • Nassim Taleb

    Both big business and big government should be viewed as evils and threatening the real engine of economic growth, which is small business, author Nassim Taleb told CNBC Friday.

  • Fed Unlikely to Ease Stimulus Despite Tax Cut Deal Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | 12:08 PM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    Despite the tax-cut deal in Washington and better growth forecasts from economists, the bar is likely very high for the Federal Reserve to back off its plans to purchase $600 billion in bonds.

  • The unemployment rate rose in 21 states and Washington D.C. in November, up from the 14 states that showed increases the month before, according to government data released Friday.

  • Tax Plan Will Boost Economy: Blackstone's Schwarzman Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 10:45 AM ET
    Year-End Investing Tax Tips  -  A CNBC Special Report

    The tax compromise brokered by President Obama with Republican congressional leaders will boost economic activity, adding ½ to 1 percent to the GDP, Steven Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of private equity firm Blackstone Group told CNBC Thursday.

  • Obama to CEOs: 'I'm a Collaborative Guy, Help Me Do It.' Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 3:57 PM ET

    In topics that ranged from taxes to jobs to American competitiveness to education to the deficit, President Obama came across to CEOs as willing to listen and work with business.

  • US Growth Dependant on Solid Education Plan: Milken Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 5:11 PM ET

    Legendary investor Michael Milken told CNBC Tuesday to expect inflation next year.

  • M. Stanley Hikes 4th Quarter Growth Forecast: Report Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 2:51 PM ET

    Morgan Stanley hiked its forecast for fourth-quarter U.S. economic growth Tuesday following a string of better-than-expected economic assessments, according to a report from Dow Jones.

  • The fact that the private sector is “transacting” in toxic assets now shows a return of confidence to the market, Neel Kashkari, Pimco managing director and head of new investment initiatives, told CNBC Monday.

  • For Now, Big Jump in Yields Being Seen as Good Thing Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 2:09 PM ET

    Rising interest rates for now are generating views that the economic glass is half-full, even though the trend would seem to counteract aggressive monetary policy from the Federal Reserve.

  • Christmas 2010 could turn out to be the merriest since the recession began, with the exclusive CNBC All-America Economic Survey finding Americans somewhat more optimistic but real optimism remains elusive.

  • Credit card offers are surging again after a three-year slowdown, as banks seek to revive a business that brought them huge profits before the financial crisis wrecked the credit scores of so many Americans, the New York Times reports.

  • Why German Economy Is Recovering Fast Than US Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 5:05 PM ET

    Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned from the Germans whose economy has bounced back from the recession quicker that the US’s and who have a workforce that is, largely, working.

  • GOP Congress May Block Health-Care Funding: Orszag Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 4:33 PM ET
    Peter Orszag

    Obama’s former director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag, told CNBC Friday that he’s concerned that the new Congress could stymie the health-care bill by blocking funding.