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  • Rating Agencies Are Not Useful Anymore: Gross Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 10:11 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    The big rating agencies are no longer very useful to investment companies such as the world's biggest bond fund manager PIMCO, which can be quicker to anticipate shifts in credit quality of debt, the company said on Wednesday.

  • London Won't Cash in on Wall Street's Missing Options Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 10:02 AM ET

    Bankers in London hoping for a boom in business if strict financial reform legislation is passed on Wall Street will be disappointed as a migration of funds across the pond will likely fail to materialize.

  • Private Sector Jobs Up 32,000; Hiring Likely to be Slow Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 8:21 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    The private sector added 32,000 jobs from March to April while the number of jobs US employees plan to cut fell dramatically, according to separate reports Wednesday.

  • Don't Blame Fannie Mae for Housing Crisis: Raines Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 2:46 PM ET

    Fannie Mae was not to blame for the U.S. housing crisis, former CEO Franklin Raines told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Spill May Cause Seafood Shortage Monday, 3 May 2010 | 6:04 PM ET

    A fourth-generation oyster producer in Louisiana told CNBC Monday that the oil spill and its potential impact on his business is “scary.”

  • Spill Could Raise Shipping Rates Monday, 3 May 2010 | 5:35 PM ET
    Trade

    Shipping in and around the Gulf of Mexico is business  as usual, in spite of the oil spill, in this heavily trafficked area. But should the oil spill spread, higher shipping rates could result, an analyst told CNBC Monday.

  • Housing Market to Bloom Next Spring: Zandi Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | 5:42 PM ET

    It will be another year before the U.S. housing market fully rebounds, a top economist told CNBC Friday.

  • The Fed Giveth and Taketh Away in Its Own Sweet Time Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:15 PM ET

    The market’s impatience with the Fed policy and language is somewhat mystifying.  It’s as if investors want a change in language and/or policy so they can feel better about the future; it’s the equivalent of the Fed saying; “It’s over. No need to worry any more.”

  • Greece 'Nearly Insolvent,' Bailout Won't Work: Roubini Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 5:44 PM ET
    Debtor Nations

    Europe's current bailout plan for Greece "is not going to work" because "Greece is nearly insolvent," well-known economist Nouriel Roubini told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Read the Fed Statement Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 2:19 PM ET

    Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March suggests that economic activity has continued to strengthen and that the labor market is beginning to improve. 

  • Goldman Didn’t Commit Fraud: Ackman Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 8:03 AM ET
    gavel and money

    Goldman Sachs did not commit fraud and the insurance company that bought the product that is the subject of a government investigation should have known the risks, Bill Ackman told CNBC Tuesday

  • Goldman CEO, 'Fabulous Fab' Facing Congress Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 5:04 AM ET

    The CEO of Goldman Sachs and other executives from the Wall Street powerhouse are coming before Congress 10 days after the government accused the firm of fraud.

  • Jobless Rate Would Be 25% Without TARP: Kashkari Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 9:22 AM ET
    Financial Crisis Bailout

    If the United States had not created the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the country would have experienced Great Depression conditions, one of the architects of the program told CNBC Monday.

  • Forecasters Upbeat about US Economy, Hiring: NABE Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 12:58 AM ET
    Wall Street

    Economists are more optimistic about prospects for growth this year as industries increasingly report better profits and add new jobs, a latest NABE survey showed.

  • Several Fed Members Favor Selling Mortgage Assets Soon Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 11:07 AM ET

    Several Fed members favor moving soon to sell some of the Fed's $1.25 trillion in mortgages and other assets bought during the financial crisis, Fed sources told CNBC.

  • mohamed el-erian

    The Greek debt bailout is similar to the subprime crisis in the US and likely will send global investors looking for safety, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • Do Tepid Rules Invite Banks to Push Envelope? Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 7:39 AM ET
    Goldman Sachs

    The Goldman Sachs deal that is the target of a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit may have been legal, but the case has triggered a debate about ethics on Wall Street.

  • Economic Growth Has Market in 'Sweet Spot': Kantor Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 5:33 PM ET

    The combination of low short-term interest rates and continued economic growth is a great reason to be bullish on the US markets, a top analyst told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Goldman Needs to Fix Its Battered Image: Experts Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | 6:18 PM ET

    No matter what happens with the securities-fraud case against Goldman Sachs , the firm needs to concentrate on shoring up its tarnished image, two experts told CNBC.

  • The Era of Light Touch Is Over: Rep. Frank Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | 11:19 AM ET

    The societal benefits of obscure financial products are negligible, and regulation of the financial industry won’t hamper US competitiveness, according House Banking Committee Chairman Barney Frank told CNBC Monday.