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  • Fed Easing Alone Can't Fix What Ails Economy: El-Erian Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 10:41 AM ET
    mohamed el-erian

    The Federal Reserve's easing programs are only one part of a three-pronged approach needed to rebuild the economy, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • Regulators 'Starving' Energy: Industry Advocate Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 4:17 PM ET

    Former Shell Oil company executive John Hofmeister told CNBC Monday that the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium is an example of the “starvation,” imposed on the hydrocarbon industry by the Obama administration.

  • Greenberg: Mining the Muni Bond Mess Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 1:35 PM ET
    US $100 banknote and a compass

    Muni-bond funds of all types have been taking a drubbing, and the weakness continues.

  • Buffett Praises 'Dear Uncle Sam' Despite Slow Recovery Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 8:26 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    The US economy is in for an extended period of slow growth, but it would be worse if policy makers had not acted aggressively in September 2008, investor Warren Buffett told CNBC.

  • U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

    Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) wants the Federal Reserve to drop its dual mandate of ensuring price stability and full employment and focus only on containing inflation.

  • Homebuilder Sentiment Index Edges Up in November Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | 10:31 AM ET
    Home Construction

    The National Association of Home Builders says its housing market index edged up in November, with many respondents feeling somewhat more optimistic about the prospect for home sales in the near future.

  • Fed Stimulus Policy Is Counterproductive: Economist Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 11:34 AM ET

    The Fed’s stimulus-oriented policy is counterproductive to its mission: boosting jobs and small business confidence, David Malpass, president of Encima Global, an economic research and consulting firm, told CNBC on Monday.

  • Dubai Still Good for Business: UAE Executive Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 11:25 AM ET

    In spite of Dubai's financial troubles, including the missed payments recently by the financial services company, the Dubai Group, managing director of EFG-Hermes, Matt Wakeman, told CNBC Monday that Dubai is a good place to do business, because of its infrastructure and low taxes.

  • Liesman: G20 Showed America's Global Weakness Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 10:39 AM ET
    A man walks in front of a screen showing flags of the participating nations for the upcoming G20 Summit at its venue in Seoul on November 4, 2010.

    When the G-20 summit ended, attention focused on American global weakness rather than American global power, with no free trade agreement and intense criticism of recent action by the Federal Reserve,

  • Whether it's home heating oil or a loaf of bread, inflation is already here. So even if traditional measures don't show major increases, consumers know what they see.

  • Have Cash, Wait for Stocks to Fall: Jeremy Grantham Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 1:25 PM ET

    Investors should be overweight in cash, which gives them security as well as the option to take advantage of other investments if prices fall, fund manager Jeremy Grantham told CNBC Thursday.

  • SBA Helps Veteran-Owned Businesses Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 12:17 PM ET
    Justin and Gen. Patraeus

    According to the SBA, one in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners and about one quarter of veterans say they are interested in starting and buying their own businesses. The percentage is even higher among women veterans, noted the SBA.

  • Brazil Bank Gets $1.5 Billion Loan in Possible Fraud Case Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | 4:56 AM ET

    A Brazilian bank is getting a $1.5 billion emergency loan from the government to cover what local newspapers say is fraud.

  • The Fed's recent announcement that it will inject $600 billion more in an effort to help boost the economy, known as quantitative easing or QE2, have left many on Wall Street concerned.

  • CEOs More Optimistic About Economy: Survey Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | 1:21 PM ET

    Confidence about the economy over the next six months is rising among CEOs worldwide, with nearly half of the US-based executives expressing optimism, according to quarterly survey by the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).

  • The Federal Reserve policy of beefing up its balance sheet—including $600 billion in additional quantitative easing (QE)—could lead to recession by 2013 or 2014, Guggenheim Partners CIO Scott Minerd told CNBC Tuesday

  • Job Openings Drop for Second Straight Month Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | 10:53 AM ET

    Job openings dropped sharply in September, a sign that hiring is likely to remain weak over the next several months.

  • Dr. Marc Faber

    Foreign leaders ought to be thanking the Fed for its weak-dollar policies instead harshly criticizing the US central bank, "Dr. Doom" Marc Faber told CNBC.

  • Longtime central bank critic Rep. Ron Paul, (R-Texas), told  CNBC Monday that the Federal Reserve's attempt to stimulate the economy with more liquidity will hurt the dollar and  spark inflation.

  • Consumer Borrowing Posts Rare Gain in September Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 4:24 PM ET

    Consumer borrowing increased in September for the first time since January even though the category that includes credit cards dropped for a record 25th straight month.