Economic Measures


  • TARP Makes Future Bailouts More Likely: Top Official Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 4:21 PM ET

    One of the most significant legacies of TARP is that it has increased the chance  of more bailouts,  Neil Barofsky, the government program’s special inspector general, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • 'Best House in Bad Neighborhood'? US Stocks Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 10:34 AM ET

    Optimism about the US economy is based on three factors—that the US is not another "Japan," that the European Central Bank is helping Europe’s financial institutions the same way the Federal Reserve is aiding those in the US and that President Obama is moving toward the center, Leon Cooperman, chairman CEO of Omega Advisors, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Egypt Sends Message to Leaders, and Markets: El-Erian Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 12:08 PM ET
    Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian

    Turmoil in Egypt has sent a message to rulers through the region that they need to get "ahead of the curve" or face similar destabilizing problems, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • Six Years Before US Jobs Will Come Back: Clinton Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 | 5:45 PM ET

    It will take six years to bring US employment back from pre-recession levels, former President Bill Clinton told CNBC Thursday.

  • Plans to Keep Prices Affordable: General Mills CEO Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 | 4:50 PM ET

    As consumers shift back to buying brand-name products, Kendall Powell, the CEO of food company General Mills spacer, told CNBC Thursday that the company doesn’t want to pass the higher costs of commodities on to their customers.

  • GOP Minority Takes Issue with Financial Crisis Report Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 4:21 PM ET
    The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Hearing held on January 13, 2010. Pictured are the Financial Institution Representatives: Lloyd C. Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, James Dimon, of JPMorgan Chase & Company, John J. Mack of Morgan Stanley, and Brian T. Moynihan of Bank of America.

    Concluding that financial crisis was caused by a lack of regulation is too simplistic and ignores the global nature of the crisis, according to Republican members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

  • Fed Often Gets It Wrong In Its Forecasts on US Economy Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 3:32 PM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    The US central bank has had an abysmal track record over the preceding three years when alerting investors about the direction of unemployment and gross domestic product.

  • Oil Could Reach $130 a Barrel: Duke Energy CEO Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 12:40 PM ET

    The price of oil per barrel, now above $86, could top $100, then head up to $130 over time, due to the growing world population, James Rogers, president, chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Fed Will Give a Nod to Economic Growth Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 | 5:09 PM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    The Fed Wednesday is likely to give a nod to an accelerating U.S. economy but also make clear that the improvement is not strong enough to end its easing policies.

  • Inflation Is Unlikely: BlackRock's Fisher Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 | 4:07 PM ET

    A period of inflation won't happen, given the high level of unemployment, Peter Fisher, global head of fixed income of BlackRock, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Dairy, Meat and Produce Push Grocery Prices Higher Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 3:29 PM ET

    The government, and many analysts, believe food inflation will rise as much as three percent this year, with the highest jumps in dairy products, meats, produce, and eggs. In other words, just about everything.

  • Rising Commodity Prices Won't Cause Inflation Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 1:33 PM ET
    Woman bagging groceries

    The surge in commodity prices has many worried about skyrocketing food prices at home. But a look at how much the increase in raw commodities actually makes it to the plate, at least in the United States, shows that it is unlikely by itself to cause widespread inflation.

  • A Citibank ATM user.

    Citigroup is embarking on a multi-year multi-billion dollar IT investment to integrate its consumer branches and products all over the world, Manuel Medina-Mora, the bank's executive in charge of consumer banking operations, told CNBC.

  • Hiring Plans Reach Highest Level in 12 Years: Poll Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 7:22 AM ET

    Industry economists say the U.S. economic recovery is gaining strength, with more firms expressing positive hiring plans than in over a decade.

  • Path Is Sought for States to Escape Debt Burdens Friday, 21 Jan 2011 | 5:45 AM ET

    Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers, the New York Times reports.

  • 2011 Revenues May Surprise Investors: Analysts Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 | 11:21 AM ET

    This may turn out to be a much better year for corporate revenues than expected, although weak consumer demand and depressed jobs market will continue to pose a challenge, some analysts say.

  • US, Europe Better Bets as Inflation Hits: Marc Faber Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 | 8:50 AM ET
    Dr. Marc Faber

    Rising inflation pressures in emerging market nations will make Europe and the US better investment opportunities in 2011, according to "Dr. Doom" Marc Faber.

  • The Link Between Financial Trouble and Mental Illness Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 | 1:40 PM ET
    Jared Lee Loughner

    Going through one of the worst economic sagas in US history has thrown the country into two types of depressed states: a financial one and a psychological one. It is time to discuss a major systemic overhaul that might require another costly, but equally merited, “bailout” from Washington—one we can’t afford and can’t afford to live without.

  • Economy Has Improved in Last 6 Months: Fed's Tarullo Friday, 14 Jan 2011 | 2:51 PM ET

    The economy has improved in the last six months, signaled by greater consumer spending, durables purchases and some signs of increased investment, Daniel K. Tarullo, Federal Reserve governor, told CNBC Friday, echoing what his boss, Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Thursday.

  • Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian

    Buyers of European sovereign debt are going to have to accept some losses if the problems there are ever going to be rectified, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.