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  • Tax Cuts That Come With the New Year Friday, 31 Dec 2010 | 4:05 PM ET

    Individual Americans will realize the most benefits from new rules and tax changes that take effect starting at midnight.

  • The Rose Parade As Economic Indicator? Friday, 31 Dec 2010 | 2:31 PM ET

    Job numbers, equipment orders and capital expenditures, even sales of recreational vehicles, are seen as  economic indicators. Here’s another: the Tournament of Roses parade on Saturday, New Year’s Day, in Pasadena, Calif.

  • Robert Shiller Analysis Yields 2020 Target for S&P Friday, 31 Dec 2010 | 2:30 PM ET

    Using long term analysis, Professor Robert Shiller, macromarkets chief economist at Yale University and the co-creator of The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, told CNBC on Friday that the S&P 500 will reach 1430 by the year 2020.

  • Crescenzi: Top-10, Top-Down Themes for 2011 Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 10:53 AM ET

    It is what will lead the U.S. economy to a self-reinforcing virtuous cycle of increases in production, income, and spending, and it is what will enable risk assets to continue to outperform less risky assets. This condition will prevail for a while. The path to successful investing is to ride these trends and get off before they are discredited, says bond expert Tony Crescenzi.

  • Chinese Could Become Richer Than Americans: Economist Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 10:13 AM ET

    If the US and Chinese economies move at their present rates, the average Chinese citizen will be wealthier than the average American in less than three decades, Ed Lazear, a Stanford University economic professor, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Chadwick: A Look at 2011 Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 10:08 AM ET

    The fallout from the global crisis of 2008 will continue to impact economies around the world, but the amplitude will be lower, allowing for a return to a more normalized environment for growth and profits. As health returns to economies, so will investment returns.

  • Chilly Tests Loom for Euro Zone Bonds Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 4:06 AM ET
    lisbon portugal

    January in the northern hemisphere is usually the coldest month of the year and it might prove to be a bitter one for euro zone governments trying to raise money in the capital markets, reports the Financial Times.

  • Bill Gross

    Despite the shabby state of government finances in the US, Pimco's Bill Gross says now is the time to be buying municipal bonds.

  • 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.