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  • 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.

  • Read Full Text of Bernanke's Speech Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 12:51 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    Read the full text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech  in Jackson Hole, Wyoming here.

  • Sovereign Debt Crisis Still a Challenge: Axel Weber Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 12:31 PM ET

    While immediate market tensions have mostly passed, the sovereign debt crisis continues to be a challenge in Europe and fiscal consolidation is an important “long-term project,” said Axel Weber, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank.

  • Your Messy Desk Costs Billions Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 12:20 PM ET
    Jane's semi-messy desk.

    What does your desk look like? Everything in it's place? Do you straighten your stack of Post-it notes? Or does it look like a tornado just went through?

  • James Bullard

    Economic growth has turned slower than policy makers had expected but will steady into the end of the year and get back to normal in 2011, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told CNBC.

  • Life After Katrina: Bold Promises, Many Broken Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 9:44 AM ET

    A major disaster sets the perfect stage for grandstanding. And nothing was more “major” at the time than Hurricane Katrina. Business and government leaders  laid out their dramatic plans to come to the rescue. 

  • Is Fed Chairman Bernanke Doing a Good Job? Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 7:52 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Share your opinion in today's poll.