Economic Measures


  • All Markets Growing Except Housing: CSX CEO Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 1:31 PM ET

    As the economy improves, railroad company CSX sees volume growing in most markets except housing, Michael Ward, the company's chairman & CEO told CNBC ahead of a post-earnings conference call on Wednesday.

  • Cutting Taxes Won't Help Recovery: Joseph Stiglitz Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 8:21 AM ET
    Joseph Stiglitz

    The US government should stimulate investment in order to ensure solid and sustainable economic growth, not cut taxes, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Fed Appears Ready to Launch More Monetary Easing Soon Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 2:47 PM ET

    Most Federal Reserve members appear ready to launch a new round of monetary easing soon because of worries that the US economy is not recovering fast enough, according to minutes of the cental bank's September meeting.

  • Read Full Text Here Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 2:08 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    Read the full text of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's Sept. 21 meeting here.

  • Scrutiny Continues in the Municipal Market: CEO Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 1:52 PM ET

    Concerns linger over large state debt as a new report released today, by the Kellogg School of Management, estimates an additional $574 billion is unfunded liabilities from pension plans at the city and county levels.

  • The Best Wall Street Analysts Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 12:12 PM ET

    Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team, now in its 39th year, celebrates the nation’s top sell-side equity research analysts, as determined by the world’s leading money managers.

  • Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian

    The financial crisis has left behind a "slow disease" that is eating into financial markets, and this is obvious in stock prices and currencies, but less so in bonds for the moment, Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-chief investment officer of Pimco, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • FDIC's Bad Bank Plan Criticized Before Being Unveiled Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 5:55 AM ET
    FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair on CNBC'c Power Lunch

    Regulators are struggling to create a global mechanism that could wind down a big financial institution without the disruption caused by Lehman Brothers’ collapse in 2008, reports the Financial Times.

  • Senior Citizens Brace for Social Security Freeze Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 4:40 AM ET

    Seniors prepared to cut back on everything from food to charitable donations to whiskey as word spread Monday that they will have to wait until at least 2012 to see their Social Security checks increase.

  • Fed Certain to Act in November In a Big Way: Survey Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 11:08 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    Market participants are now virtually certain that the Federal Reserve will announce that it will resume buying assets, and do so in a sizeable way, according to an exclusive CNBC survey.

  • Jobs Tepid, Dems Out, Stocks Up? Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 10:59 AM ET

    Precisely because of the obvious failure of the Obama stimulus-spending program to adequately create jobs, the Federal Reserve is moving toward re-priming the pump. It’s the addition of yet another bad policy of dollar destruction to the first mistake of massive spending.

  • Currency War to Get Worse, Not Better: CIO Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 9:02 AM ET

    Policy action like the bill against undervalued currencies that passed through the US House of Representatives will make the currency war even worse, Richard Cookson, CIO of Citigroup Private Banking told CNBC Monday.

  • College Dropouts Cost Taxpayers Billions: Report Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 6:45 AM ET
    degree and cash

    Dropping out of college after a year can mean lost time, burdensome debt and an uncertain future for students. Now there's an estimate of what it costs taxpayers. And it runs in the billions.

  • Unemployed Find Old Jobs Now Require More Skills Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 4:39 AM ET
    Job Search

    The jobs crisis has brought an unwelcome discovery for many unemployed Americans: job openings in their old fields exist. Yet they no longer qualify for them.

  • Global Economic Recovery in Danger: El-Erian Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 | 6:01 PM ET

    After averting a severe depression two years ago, industrial nations risk losing the recovery, the chief executive of the world's largest bond investor says.

  • Shortage of Truckers Will Raise Shipping Costs Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 12:40 PM ET
    Trucks on roadway.

    According to several trade groups in the trucking industry, there could be a shortage of drivers next year, and the estimates range from 200,000 to as many as 500,000.

  • Farr: Are You an Investor or a Trader? Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 11:37 AM ET

    We remain cautious in this environment. High quality blue chip stocks remain reasonably priced, but investors aren't buying these stocks. We have not seen the type of rotation into high-quality, defensive companies that we usually see when the economic backdrop becomes clouded.

  • Today, the US employment data beat the whisper number of zero to +20, but wasn't strong enough to return US GDP to trend growth of 3.0%. It means the markets should continue to anticipate QE2 with stocks rallying, bonds rallying and the US dollar dropping.

  • James Bullard on Closing Bell

    A decision on the next round of buying assets at the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting will be difficult to take as the risk of a double-dip recession has receded, St. Louis Fed president James Bullard told CNBC Friday.

  • Flawed Foreclosure Documents Thwart Home Sales Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 8:04 AM ET

    As a scandal unfolds over shoddy preparation of foreclosure documents, the fallout is beginning to hammer the housing market, especially in states like Florida, the NY Times reports.