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  • 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.

  • US Growth Will Slow: Pimco's Kashkari Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | 3:42 AM ET

    The U.S. economy faces a period of slower growth as unemployment remains high and the housing market remains weak, Pimco executive Neel Kashkari said at an investor conference in Singapore overnight.

  • Twenty Six States Add Construction Jobs in March Friday, 16 Apr 2010 | 4:39 PM ET
    Construction - Bulldozer

    Construction hiring rose in more than half of the country in March, according to the latest state employment figures from the Bureau of Labor statistics.

  • Twenty Six States Add Construction Jobs in March Friday, 16 Apr 2010 | 4:31 PM ET
    Construction - Bulldozer

    Construction hiring rose in more than half of the country in March, according to the latest state employment figures from the Bureau of Labor statistics.

  • The Return of Optimism in Credit Markets Friday, 16 Apr 2010 | 11:33 AM ET
    Recovery sign

    The mood was decidedly upbeat at the economic symposium in Charlotte this week—a stark contrast to what happened in 2007.

  • Worst of Credit Crisis Is Over: Fed's Lacker Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 4:11 PM ET

    The worst of the credit crisis is over, though there are still areas—such as commercial real estate—that are struggling, Jeff Lacker, president of the Richmond Federal Reserve, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Homebuilder Sentiment Index Jumps in April Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 1:46 PM ET
    Construction work

    The National Association of Home Builders says its housing market index climbed in April, buoyed by improved sales as homebuyers raced to qualify for tax incentives due to expire this month.

  • Banks Are Much Better Off Now: Regulator Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 12:29 PM ET

    A key banking regulator said that banks have performed well, relative to the stress test, after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and that losses are significantly less than expected.

  • Are Toxic Assets Out of The Banking System? Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 4:21 AM ET

    US financial companies still have more than a $1 trillion on their balance sheets, but analysts say they are unlike to stem the recent rally in financials.

  • Reluctance by small businesses to hire more workers won't derail the economic recovery, though growth will remain slow, Goldman Sachs chief US economist Jan Hatzius told CNBC. 

  • Cutting the Deficit: Easy Math, Dicey Politics Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | 10:53 AM ET
    US Debt Clock

    The government’s surging deficit can be cut, easy. Getting it done? Almost impossible. Economic recovery and the end to stimulus spending will do the heavy lifting in Treasury's plan to slash the deficit.

  • Homeowners Making Sacrifices in Tough Economy Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | 5:30 AM ET
    Cutting Spending

    More than two thirds of Americans who've been unable to sell their home and buy one that better fits their needs have cut back on household expenses such as food, entertainment and clothing in order to pay their mortgage, a survey released Tuesday shows.

  • Recovery to Remain Sluggish Into 2011: Economists Monday, 12 Apr 2010 | 1:49 PM ET
    Downsizing

    The pillars of Americans' financial security—jobs and home values—will stay shaky well into 2011, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists.

  • Phrases like “green shoots,” “animal spirits” and “real consumer spending” are dominating analysts’ weekend reports as they track economic recovery. Yet, the economists with National Bureau of Economic Research are reluctant to declare the recession over.

  • Which Fed Members Move Markets Most? Friday, 9 Apr 2010 | 3:35 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Who do you listen to? When do they move markets? And do they move them up or down?  The award goes to Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.