Economic Measures


  • Legendary hedge-fund manager Julian Robertson told CNBC Thursday that no US politician, whether Republican or Democrat, has the courage to make tough decisions that will boost the economy and get the country on the right track.

  • As Markets Soar, 'They're Already Talking About QE3' Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 1:48 PM ET
    NYSE traders

    "It is easy to envisage QE2 giving way to QE3, QE4 and beyond because now that the Fed has started down this road again, it will be very hard to stop," says one economist.

  • The US Congress should focus on a medium-term plan to cut government debt to dispel fears about the world's biggest economy, Olivier Blanchard, IMF chief economist, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Welch on Tea Party, GOP: Where's 'Vision'? Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 8:03 AM ET
    Jack Welch

    The tea party was about "60 percent positive" in Tuesday's elections, but Republicans will need to sharpen their message if the success is to carry through, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch said.

  • Fed to Spend $600 Billion More To Help Boost US Economy Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 3:32 PM ET
    Sheet of US one hundred dollar bills

    The Federal Reserve launched a controversial new policy on Wednesday, committing to buy $600 billion more in government bonds by the middle of next year in an attempt to breathe new life into a struggling U.S. economy.

  • Read Full Fed Statement Here Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 2:24 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Read the full text of the statement from the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee issued on Wednesday following a two-day meeting on monetary policy.

  • Treasury to Keep Borrowing at Current Pace Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 12:39 PM ET
    Treasury Building

    The US Treasury Department will keep borrowing at about its current pace for the rest of this year, because of uncertainty about the economy and tax policy, the department said Wednesday.

  • Private Sector Creates 43,000 Jobs; Recovery Still Weak Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 8:29 AM ET
    Unemployment line

    U.S. private employers added 43,000 jobs in October compared to a revised loss of 2,000 jobs in September, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.

  • The Fed's Big Gamble: Here's What Could Go Wrong Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 7:29 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Federal Reserve is about to take a huge risk in hopes of getting the economy steaming along again. Nobody is sure it will work, and it may actually do damage.

  • Unemployment

    Before the new-look Congress takes over in January, lame-duck legislators will have a big issue on their plate: What to do with those whose emergency unemployment benefits run out at the end of the November.

  • Liesman: Two Possible Results from Fed Meeting Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 11:55 AM ET
    Federal Reserve

    The size and timing of the Federal Reserves purchases of assets to boost the economy is uncertain. One  reason could be because of an effort by the central bank to craft a policy that will account for two disparate forecasts that surround its base case of moderate growth.

  • End Regulations Not Approved by Congress: Rand Paul Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 7:05 PM ET
    Rand Paul

    Rand Paul, Republican candidate for Senate from Kentucky and Tea Party leader, called for the automatic sunsetting of federal regulations, unless they are approved by Congress.

  • How Much Will the Fed Decide to Ease on Wednesday? Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 11:15 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    Market participants are virtually certain that the Federal Reserve will announce a substantial amount of asset purchases at the conclusion of its November meeting on Wednesday, according to the latest CNBC Fed Survey.

  • Economists Expect Fed's QE2 Move Wednesday Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 9:55 AM ET
    Federal Reserve

    Nearly 100 percent of economists and fixed-income and equity-fund managers expect the Federal Reserve to announce on Wednesday a large amount in quantitative easing (QE) to boost the economy, according to a CNBC survey.

  • Debt Collectors Face a Hazard: Writer’s Cramp Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 7:31 AM ET

    When Michael Gazzarato took a job that required him to sign hundreds of affidavits in a single day, he had one demand for his employer: a much better pen, reports the New York Times.

  • Thinking of Buying Winter Tires? Prices May Jump Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 5:46 AM ET
    Car on road

    The cost of tires, gloves and condoms is set to rise following a 65 per cent jump in the price of natural rubber in the past year, reports the Financial Times.

  • Bernanke’s Reluctance to Speak Out Rankles Some Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 4:56 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve is all but certain next week to begin a multibillion-dollar effort to coax the recovery along, but privately, Ben S. Bernanke, the chairman, worries that more is needed to turn the sluggish economy around and revive employment, reports the New York Times.

  • Lookahead to US Q3 GDP Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 9:45 PM ET
    Vacant Home

    The U.S. dollar has been gaining ground against other majors on mounting speculation the Fed's bond buying program may not be as aggressive as markets had initially priced in.

  • Job Relocations Plunge Due to Housing Slump: Study Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 1:00 PM ET

    Falling home prices has made it harder for unemployed executives to relocate for a new a job, according to a report released Thursday.

  • Housing Needs Major Reform: Collingwood Chairman Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 12:12 PM ET
    Foreclosure Sign

    Confusion over the ownership of foreclosed properties isn’t “about fraud, but process inadequacy,” Joseph Murin, a former president of Ginnie Mae, told CNBC Thursday.