Economic Measures


  • 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.

  • US Headed in Right Direction: Ace Greenberg Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 11:21 AM ET

    The country is headed in the right direction, Alan “Ace" Greenberg, former Bear Stearns chairman and CEO, told CNBC Friday.

  • Pimco Raises US Growth Forecast After Tax Deal Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 3:13 AM ET
    Mohammed el Erian

    Pacific Investment Management Co, manager of the world's largest bond fund, raised its growth forecast for the U.S. economy to between 3 percent and 3.5 percent for 2011 from its earlier estimate of 2 percent to 2.5 percent, Chief Executive Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC late Thursday.

  • To garner stronger returns, institutional investors need to skew more toward emerging markets and other areas, Byron Wien, a vice chairman at the Blackstone Group, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Citigroup 'Too Interwoven' to Fail, Chairman Says Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 8:20 AM ET
    Citibank logo on a sign

    Citigroup remains too "interwoven" to fail even after the government has plowed billions into rescuing the banking titan and Congress has passed laws taking aim at financial behemoths, Citi Chairman Richard Parsons told CNBC.

  • Bond Vigilantes Could Target US: Roubini Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 7:16 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    Economist Nouriel Roubini on Wednesday voiced concern over  a compromise on extending tax cuts struck by US President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, saying the agreement could expose the US to bond vigilantes who will drive up the price of yields

  • Job Openings Rise Sharply to a Two Year High Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 11:48 AM ET

    Employers posted a sharp increase in job openings in October, raising hopes that hiring could pick up in the coming months.

  • Economy Is Making Steady Gains Despite Weak Hiring Sunday, 5 Dec 2010 | 6:16 PM ET
    Job seekers

    Factories are busier. Incomes are rising. Autos are selling. The holiday shopping season is shaping up as the best in four years. Stock prices are surging. Why aren't employers hiring?