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  • Busch: Five Questions for Ben Bernanke Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 9:46 AM ET

    Over the next two days,Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will present his semiannual review of monetary policy to Congress. All of these are central for understanding the central problem of the US economy: lack of job creation.

  • Weaker Economy May Help Stocks: Jim O'Neill Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 6:17 AM ET

    Weaker economic growth might help stocks because it would force the Federal Reserve to maintain its easy-money stance for longer, Jim O'Neill, head of global economics research at Goldman Sachs, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Goldman: US Stimulus Set to End, to Drag on Growth Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 4:40 AM ET

    The raft of U.S. government stimulus measures, designed to backstop the tentative economic recovery and avert a double-dip recession, appears to be drawing to an end and that would place a serious drag on economic growth, according to a report from Goldman Sachs.

  • Investor Confidence Critical: Exchange CEO Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 3:22 PM ET
    William O'Brien, DirectEdge's Chief Executive Officer

    Confidence in a stable, expanding economy and a stock market that is fair are key investor issues, William O’Brien, CEO of DirectEdge, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Unemployment

    Now is not the time to cut off unemployment benefits in this country. Admittedly, extending the benefits will add to the Federal budget deficit, but not doing so will add to mortgage delinquencies and homelessness and will only serve to impede the still fragile recovery currently under way.

  • Jobless Rates Improve but Many Have Given Up Looking Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 11:16 AM ET
    Unemployment line

    Most states across the country saw an improvement in employment in June as jobless rates dropped from the previous month.  But the decline comes from fewer people looking for work.

  • Need a Mortgage? Don’t Get Pregnant Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 11:14 AM ET
    Home for sale - Coldwell

    Expectant parents shopping for a home are not the only ones concerned about the date of the baby’s arrival.  Mortgage lenders are taking a harder look at prospective borrowers whose income has temporarily fallen while they are on leave, including new parents at home taking care of a baby.

  • Weak Revenue Growth Feeds Economic Fears: El-Erian Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 9:59 AM ET
    Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian

    Investors are dissatisfied with earnings because companies are showing strong bottom lines but not strong enough growth in revenue, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • Should Loan Modifications Hit Homeowner Credit Scores? Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 7:13 AM ET

    Share your opinion in our poll.

  • Mort Zuckerman

    Unemployment benefits should be extended for humanitarian reasons, billionaire businessman Mort Zuckerman told CNBC Monday.

  • Drilling Ban Will Have Long-Term Effects Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 1:51 PM ET
    Crisis in the Gulf

    The US ban on offshore drilling could have long-term consequences on oil prices, Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the International Energy Agency, told CNBC Monday, on the eve of the three-month anniversary of the BP  Gulf of Mexico oil spill that led to the moratorium.

  • Chadwick: What’s With This Bipolar Stock Market? Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 11:22 AM ET

    It seems that some days all news is good news to the stock market and the next day all news is bad news. And other times it seems as though the stock market extrapolates one single economic indicator as though it alone matters.

  • Hiring Improves in US Economy: NABE Survey Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 8:41 AM ET

    The number of companies reporting layoffs and job cuts through attrition is down by half from a year ago and about steady with the first quarter of this year, NABE found. Meanwhile, the number of businesses hiring jumped to 31 percent from 6 percent.

  • Will Dow See 9,000 or 11,000 Next? Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 7:15 AM ET

    Where do you think the markets are headed? Share your opinion.

  • Out of Work

    Hundreds of thousands of Americans have enrolled in federally financed training programs in recent years, only to remain out of work, says the NYT.

  • Meet America's New Financial Regulators Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 2:03 PM ET

    Now that  the Senate has passed President Obama’s Wall Street reform legislation, the financial industry’s representatives are combing through the legislation and trying to figure out exactly who their new regulators in Washington will be.

  • Consumer Prices Fall for Third Straight Month Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 9:01 AM ET

    The government says consumer prices dipped 0.1 percent in June. Less expensive energy bills were a big factor behind the drop. Prices for some food items and airlines fares also fell.

  • Dunkelberg: Let's Talk About Job Destruction Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 11:44 AM ET
    Unemployment

    Council of Economic Advisors Chair Christina Romer reported that the “stimulus” had “created or saved 3 million jobs since its inception (and only half the money has been spent to date! Guess it is a delayed stimulus).

  • Obama Lacks Leadership to Create Jobs: Sen. Corker Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 10:57 AM ET
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

    With the final financial regulation vote just hours away, Sen. Bob Corker, (R-Tennessee), told CNBC Thursday that President Obama lacked the leadership skills needed to create jobs and to drive the country out of the recession.

  • Obama To Promote Electric Vehicles in Michigan Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 9:35 AM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a speech on financial regulation at Cooper Union college April 22, 2010 in New York City.

    Facing fresh criticism of his handling of the economy, President Barack Obama travels to Michigan on Thursday to promote investments in the electric vehicle battery industry, a sector the administration sees as a bright spot in the sagging recovery.