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  • Strong Yen Helps to Fuel Germany’s Export Boom Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 4:33 AM ET

    A stronger yen is good news for German machinery and auto companies whose main competitors often are based in Japan. The New York Times reports.

  • Farr: Data-filled Week Provides Little Clarity Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 3:58 PM ET

    The economic data released this week has been decidedly ambiguous, leading to sharp volatility in the stock and bond markets.

  • Yoshikami: Time to Kill the Word ‘Surprise’ Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:27 AM ET

    Why is anyone surprised about anything nowadays? With the current uncertainty in the world, the last thing that is reasonable is being surprised about any outcome.

  • Factory Orders Up Slightly on Transportation Demand Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:24 AM ET

    Orders to U.S. factories managed a slight gain in July as a surge in demand for commercial aircraft helped offset widespread weakness in other areas.

  • Time for a Little Optimism Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:03 AM ET
    Unemployment

    Make no mistake about this: Businesses, at least the publically owned ones, are in very good shape. U.S. firms scored a record $1.2 trillion in profits during the second quarter and are sitting on roughly $2 trillion in cash. Our private-sector companies are resilient, and they have recovered significantly from the economic plunge.

  • Kaminsky's Call: Why Record-Low Volumes May Continue Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 8:46 AM ET

    It's a vicious cycle. Light volume equals more than apathy. It spells lack of trader confidence.

  • Is Double-Dip Noise Obscuring Global Opportunities? Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 6:31 AM ET

    Fears over a double-dip recession in the US and globally are dominating investor sentiment, but the strategy team at HSBC Global Asset Management said people could be missing an opportunity in emerging markets as a result.

  • Donald L. Kohn

    The Fed's efforts to stabilize credit markets during the financial crisis didn't create a "moral hazard" where Wall Street can count on being bailed out, retiring Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn told CNBC.

  • Busch: An End to the Housing Crisis Wednesday, 1 Sep 2010 | 9:52 AM ET

    What we need are incentive based changes to encourage banks to speed up their writedowns of loans and encourage homeowners to not walk away from upside down mortgages.

  • New Job Means Lower Wages for Many Wednesday, 1 Sep 2010 | 9:52 AM ET

    Job growth is increasingly polarized between high-paid occupations and low-wage, service-type jobs, while middle-income positions are losing out. The NYT reports.

  • Forget 'Lame Duck' Obama, Watch Bernanke: Strategist Wednesday, 1 Sep 2010 | 6:19 AM ET

    President Obama is "now a lame duck and paralyzed" in his ability to use fiscal policy to influence the economy, Hans Redeker, the global head of foreign exchange strategy at BNP Paribas, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • What to Do With Your 'Old' 401(k) Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 | 8:06 PM ET

    It probably makes sense to convert your old 401 (k) to a Roth IRA  if you think you're going to be in a higher tax bracket later and you have the money to pay the taxes you'll incur with the conversion.

  • Excerpt of Fed Minutes Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 | 2:18 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    Read here an excerpt covering the Federal Open Market Committee's discussion of monetary policy, taken from the minutes of the FOMC's Aug. 10 meeting.

  • With the economy this uncertain and corporate M&A activity on the rise, "this is not the time for investors to just think about IG (investment grade) or high yield as sectors. You want to look at name specific," Fisher said.

  • Economy Needs Another Big Stimulus Push: Krugman Monday, 30 Aug 2010 | 5:20 PM ET
    Paul Krugman

    The US economy needs another government stimulus program as big as the one President Obama pushed through Congress in February 2009, economist Paul Krugman said on CNBC Monday.

  • Why Even Central Bankers Are Unsure What to Do Now Monday, 30 Aug 2010 | 1:16 PM ET
    Jackson Hole Wyoming

    What was obvious at last week's annual meeting of central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wy., was that they aren't certain how to conduct policy now that interest rates are near zero. There also are big differences about what to do when things return to “normal.”

  • Haines: In Tax Cut Debate, It's Bad Versus Worse Monday, 30 Aug 2010 | 7:59 AM ET

    It seems to me that the debate about the pending expiration of the Bush tax cuts boils down to a very difficult choice between two bad outcomes. Despite what some politicians would have us believe, extending the cuts will adversely affect a very bad deficit situation.

  • Bernanke Tries to Manage Expectations of Fed Role Monday, 30 Aug 2010 | 3:12 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, has made it clear that the Fed cannot simply conjure up a recovery. The New York Times reports.

  • A rally in stocks (today's gains were the biggest in nearly four weeks) has caused havoc in the bond market with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note doing something we don't see often—backing up considerably (yield rising, price falling.)

  • Forget the Weak Economy, Market Finds Faith in Fed Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 2:00 PM ET
    New York Stock Exchange Traders

    Even as the economy languishes and likely has several quarters of slow growth ahead, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was able to convince investors Friday that the central bank will do all it can to promote growth.