Economic Measures


  • 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.

  • Why US Stocks Don't Like Good Economic News Now Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 1:55 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading.

    Friday's better-than-expected jobs report provided a fairly stark example of what happens when good economic news can be bad for the stock market, and investors probably have the Fed to blame.

  • Hedge fund legend and investor Julian Robertson told CNBC Thursday that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg could be following in the footsteps of Microsoft  chairman Bill Gates, who Robertson considers the “greatest American of the century.”

  • 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.