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  • 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?

  • Fed Just Creating Asset Bubbles, Not Stimulus: Ross Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 2:40 PM ET

    Federal Reserve policies are creating an asset bubble that isn't helping unemployment or acting as a real stimulus to the economy, investor Wilbur Ross told CNBC.

  • Who Needs Jobs When Wall Street Has the Fed? Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 1:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Pay no attention to those 15.1 million unemployed people—Wall Street instead is more focused on the man behind the Fed curtain and what he'll be doing to fire up the equity markets.

  • Unemployed, and Likely to Stay That Way Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 10:36 AM ET

    The longer people stay out of work, the more trouble they have finding new work. That is a fact of life that much of Europe, with its underclass of permanently idle workers, knows all too well. But it is a lesson that the United States seems to be just learning. The New York Times reports.

  • The Business Strike Shows Up in The Jobs Numbers Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 10:34 AM ET

    The shockingly weak jobs numbers released this morning are evidence of something I've talked about in this space: American businesses are on strike.

  • Luxury Goods, Emerging Markets Seen Fueling Recovery Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 10:18 AM ET

    NYU's Stern School of Business Dean Peter Henry believes the recovery will be slower in the US and other advanced economies, where discretionary spending has cooled, while emerging markets—and their newly discovered taste for fine goods—will bounce back more quickly.

  • Out of Work

    As bad as Friday's anemic jobs report turned out, it's just the beginning of a further rise in unemployment that will reach double digits, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's told CNBC.

  • US Has 'Lost Its Leverage' in the World: Friedman Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 8:59 AM ET

    America has "lost its leverage" in the world because of its dependence on the Middle East and China, said Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist at The New York Times.

  • Alan Greenspan

    Rising stock values not only have benefited investors but also have played a critical role in the economic recovery, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC.

  • How Muni Bond 'Molotov Cocktail' Could Do Big Damage Thursday, 2 Dec 2010 | 6:39 PM ET

    It's the other U.S. debt problem. States are scrambling to close $114 billion in budget shortfalls over the next year and a half. For now, they can borrow at curiously low rates in the bond market — but they better hurry.

  • Transports Signal Economic Recovery Thursday, 2 Dec 2010 | 2:54 PM ET

    America may not make as many goods as it used to, but it's moving goods around at a pace not seen since before the recession.

  • Economically, We're All Living in Allentown, PA: Gross Thursday, 2 Dec 2010 | 2:52 PM ET
    William H. Gross

    For a vivid display of the current economic conditions, Pimco's Bill Gross harkens back to a 1981 Billy Joel song to assert that we're all living in "Allentown" now.