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  • Obama Pledges Relentless Fight on Economy Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 11:50 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama is pledging a relentless fight to rebuild the economy as millions of families struggle.

  • The public is beginning to understand that the economic recovery remains very tenuous. Therefore, we do not believe that any new taxes, including an increase in rates on the "rich", would receive much popular support at this stage.

  • More Government Workers Face Pay Cuts, Not Furloughs Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 7:29 AM ET
    State hearing room

    Local and state governments, as well as some companies, are trimming salaries  in cost-saving measures that are often described as a last-ditch effort to avoid layoffs., reports the New York Times.

  • No Double Dip, No Deflation: RBS Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 6:08 AM ET

    Following a number of strong earnings reports that includes encouraging outlook, the economy is not "headed for either a double dip recession or a deflationary malaise," according to Royal Bank of Scotland.

  • Are 401 (k) Matches Really Coming Back? Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | 3:56 PM ET

    Some of the largest corporations—American Express, FedEx and JP Morgan —are reinstating the company match for their 401 (k) plans, but whether that represents an trend of any sort is a matter of debate.

  • Chadwick: Are We Facing Inflation or Deflation? Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | 12:25 PM ET

    Some of the smartest and most successful investment brains are on opposite sides of that question. The right answer matters a whole lot.

  • Fed Printing May Create 'Final Crisis': Marc Faber Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | 5:50 AM ET
    Sheet of US one hundred dollar bills

    The Federal Reserve will create a "final crisis" by continuing to print money because it is underestimating the strength of the economy, Marc Faber, the author of "The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report," told CNBC Tuesday.

  • American employees may have trouble getting a raise these days, but deflation may work in their favor, Jim Rickards, senior managing director for market intelligence at Omnis, a consulting firm, told CNBC Monday.

  • "One reason why the equity market is struggling of late is because you can only drive and gaze through the rear-view mirror for so long," one market pro says of weak GDP growth.

  • Will Internet Sales Tax Become Law? Friday, 30 Jul 2010 | 12:26 PM ET

    Dueling pieces of legislation, both of which were introduced in Congress in July, address the issue of whether to close the loophole that allows online shoppers in most states to avoid paying  sales tax.

  • James Bullard

    Allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire would be a mistake with the economy trying to grow, James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, told CNBC Friday.

  • Economists Expect Slower Growth in Second Half Friday, 30 Jul 2010 | 3:26 AM ET
    Wall Street

    Amid slow job creation, reduced housing activity and a dip in retail sales, many economists have downgraded expectations for the rest of the year. The NYT reports.

  • Fed Official Bullard Sees Revival of Crisis-Era Program Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 | 12:18 PM ET
    James Bullard

    A Federal Reserve official says the central bank should revive a crisis-era program to buy government debt if the country seems headed toward a bout with deflation.

  • Letting Bush Tax Cuts Die Would Kill Recovery: Analysts Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 | 10:54 AM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    The nascent US economic recovery would be halted in 2011 if Congress fails to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, analysts at Deutsche Bank said.

  • Will a Tax Break for Multinationals Create Jobs? Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 3:52 PM ET

    As the nation struggles with how to jump-start hiring in the US, one former CEO told CNBC Wednesday that a tax holiday for US-based multinationals could lead to job growth. However, experts on repatriation of profits say such breaks only rarely create jobs and the substantial amount saved by corporations on taxes usually lands in the hands of investors.

  • Investors Drawn to Rallying European Banks Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 3:51 PM ET

    Does the price action on major banks in Europe tell investors that the continent is now not a threat to risk appetite and that Wall Street can mount a sustained rally without a repeat of May’s negative blow-up?

  • 'Tremendous' Distress in Commercial Real Estate: CEO Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 2:19 PM ET

    When you look at the commercial real estate market right now, there is a tremendous amount of distress that is not really visible yet," according to Scott Rechler.

  • Roubini: EU Stress Tests Criteria Not Realistic Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | 8:03 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    The pan-European stress tests on the banking sector were not tough enough to reflect future worsening conditions for the continent's economy, Nouriel Roubini told CNBC.com.

  • 10 Ways to Reduce Wasteful Gov't Spending Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | 7:30 AM ET
    Every year, government agencies put forth ideas on how their particular department can save money. This year, the Obama administration is proposing 126 cost saving measures totaling $23 billion for the 2011 federal budget. Some of these measures are big-ticket items involving the reduction or deletion of specific programs that can save hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars on their own.Other measures are small, common cost-saving measures that often equate to turning out the lights wh

    Take a look at 10 cost-saving measures the administration is considering that do not involve staffing reductions or elimination of programs — measures that could be implemented today.

  • Mortgage Securities Pose Sticky Problem for Fed Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 2:45 PM ET

    While officials and economists generally regard the program as successful in supporting the housing market, it has left the Fed holding a vast pile of mortgage securities—basically i.o.u.’s from homeowners—that it does not want and cannot sell.