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  • It's Simple to Balance The Budget Without Higher Taxes Tuesday, 5 Oct 2010 | 11:28 AM ET

    Various politicians and interest groups insist higher taxes are necessary because it would be impossible to cut spending by enough to get rid of red ink. This Center for Freedom and Prosperity video shows that these assertions are nonsense.

  • Two New Fed Members Sworn In; New Aid Considered Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 10:33 AM ET
    Janet L. Yellen

    Two new members have been installed on the Federal Reserve, which has enormous power over Americans' pocketbooks.

  • Busch: What Jobs and Currencies Have in Common Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 10:30 AM ET

    The outcome of these themes will likely be a narrative of expanding global growth with a weak US perspective that leads to further "Risk-On" trading with a twist.

  • Cheap Debt for Corporations Fails to Spur Economy Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 4:49 AM ET
    Cash

    As many households and small businesses are being turned away by bank loan officers, large corporations are borrowing vast sums of money for next to nothing — simply because they can, the New York Times reports.

  • Fed Officials Beginning to Make Intentions Clearer Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 5:49 PM ET
    William C. Dudley, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

    In the clearest calls yet by Federal Reserve officials to pump more cash into the economy, two Fed policymakers said Friday that more action would likely be needed unless the outlook improves.

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  • US Innovation 'Dead in the Water': Columbia's Phelps Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 10:23 AM ET

    Innovation in the U.S. has been stagnant for ten years and the government isn't doing enough to boost the sector, which is risking the economic recovery, Edmund S. Phelps, professor of political economy at Columbia University, told CNBC Friday.

  • Weekly Claims Ease; GDP Growth Gets a Bit Better Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 9:54 AM ET

    Applications for jobless benefits dropped last week for the third time in four weeks, a sign that employers are cutting fewer jobs, while second-quarter economic growth was better than earlier estimates.

  • If a global double dip happens, the downside on corporate junk is much more daunting than it is for sovereign debt.

  • Gold Could Hit $2000 Amid Inflation: BlackRock Exec Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 4:43 PM ET

    Investors will continue to see strong demand for gold and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are the best way for regular investors to benefit from the commodity's rise, said Robert Kapito, president of BlackRock.

  • Foreign Stocks Offer Better Investment Than US: Gross Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 2:45 PM ET
    Stock shares

    The weak dollar will mean meager returns on US stocks and bonds for years, so US investors need to look at overseas markets for better yield, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Fed Still Has Lots of Arrows: Former Gov. Kroszner Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 8:33 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    The Federal Reserve has not run out of options to boost the economy and must focus on managing people's expectations to avoid a prolonged slump like Japan experienced, former Fed Governor Randall Kroszner told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Census Finds Record Gap Between US Rich and Poor Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 8:06 AM ET
    US $100 banknote and a compass

    The income gap between the richest and poorest Americans grew last year to its widest amount on record as young adults and children in particular struggled to stay afloat in the recession

  • Still Few Women in Management, Report Says Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 6:51 AM ET

    Women made little progress in climbing into management positions in this country even in the boom years before the financial crisis, according to a report to be released on Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office, writes the New York Times.

  • The Best Credit Score for Saving on Your Mortgage Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 5:14 AM ET

    Have you been working to boost your credit score before trying to get a mortgage? It may not yield the payback you expect.

  • Fed Will Boost Balance Sheet by $500 Billion: Survey Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 7:00 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    The Federal Reserve will boost its balance sheet by about half a trillion dollars over a six-month period beginning in November and keep it inflated for up to a year, according to a survey of leading markets participants by CNBC.

  • Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit will be paid a dollar again this year for 12 months of work, while other top executives at the bank are set to earn millions.

  • Lawmakers Take Steps to Protect Gold Investors Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 1:12 PM ET
    Gold

    As gold tops $1,300 an ounce, lawmakers in Washington are aiming to ensure that consumers don't get trounced by bad gold deals.

  • Give States Funds to Spur Job Growth: Bill Clinton Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 4:09 PM ET
    Bill Clinton

    To chip away at unemployment, former President Clinton proposed Thursday on CNBC that employers with open jobs hire a newly trained employee whose education is funded by the government.

  • Forget Finance, New York is Trash Capital of the World Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 3:49 PM ET
    City of New York Department of Sanitation

    New York City’s quasi-military $1.2 billion Department of Sanitation is the largest such municipal operation in the world.