Prices paid by businesses for goods and services fell unexpectedly in February, a potential sign of a weak recovery.» Read More
Why is anyone surprised about anything nowadays? With the current uncertainty in the world, the last thing that is reasonable is being surprised about any outcome.
Orders to U.S. factories managed a slight gain in July as a surge in demand for commercial aircraft helped offset widespread weakness in other areas.
Make no mistake about this: Businesses, at least the publically owned ones, are in very good shape. U.S. firms scored a record $1.2 trillion in profits during the second quarter and are sitting on roughly $2 trillion in cash. Our private-sector companies are resilient, and they have recovered significantly from the economic plunge.
It's a vicious cycle. Light volume equals more than apathy. It spells lack of trader confidence.
Fears over a double-dip recession in the US and globally are dominating investor sentiment, but the strategy team at HSBC Global Asset Management said people could be missing an opportunity in emerging markets as a result.
The Fed's efforts to stabilize credit markets during the financial crisis didn't create a "moral hazard" where Wall Street can count on being bailed out, retiring Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn told CNBC.
What we need are incentive based changes to encourage banks to speed up their writedowns of loans and encourage homeowners to not walk away from upside down mortgages.
Job growth is increasingly polarized between high-paid occupations and low-wage, service-type jobs, while middle-income positions are losing out. The NYT reports.
President Obama is "now a lame duck and paralyzed" in his ability to use fiscal policy to influence the economy, Hans Redeker, the global head of foreign exchange strategy at BNP Paribas, told CNBC Wednesday.
It probably makes sense to convert your old 401 (k) to a Roth IRA if you think you're going to be in a higher tax bracket later and you have the money to pay the taxes you'll incur with the conversion.
Read here an excerpt covering the Federal Open Market Committee's discussion of monetary policy, taken from the minutes of the FOMC's Aug. 10 meeting.
With the economy this uncertain and corporate M&A activity on the rise, "this is not the time for investors to just think about IG (investment grade) or high yield as sectors. You want to look at name specific," Fisher said.
The US economy needs another government stimulus program as big as the one President Obama pushed through Congress in February 2009, economist Paul Krugman said on CNBC Monday.
What was obvious at last week's annual meeting of central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wy., was that they aren't certain how to conduct policy now that interest rates are near zero. There also are big differences about what to do when things return to “normal.”
It seems to me that the debate about the pending expiration of the Bush tax cuts boils down to a very difficult choice between two bad outcomes. Despite what some politicians would have us believe, extending the cuts will adversely affect a very bad deficit situation.
The Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, has made it clear that the Fed cannot simply conjure up a recovery. The New York Times reports.
A rally in stocks (today's gains were the biggest in nearly four weeks) has caused havoc in the bond market with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note doing something we don't see often—backing up considerably (yield rising, price falling.)
Even as the economy languishes and likely has several quarters of slow growth ahead, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was able to convince investors Friday that the central bank will do all it can to promote growth.
Read the full text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming here.
While immediate market tensions have mostly passed, the sovereign debt crisis continues to be a challenge in Europe and fiscal consolidation is an important “long-term project,” said Axel Weber, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank.