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  • Three Reasons Why Stocks Have Become So Volatile Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | 4:16 PM ET
    Traders at SIG Specialists trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange talk among themselves shortly after the opening bell Monday, April 18, 2005, in New York.  Stocks regained some stability Monday following a three-day selloff as strong first-quarter earnings and a pair of merger announcements lent some support to a market battered by worries about economic growth.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    When volume is light—as it typically is in bear markets—the actions of a relatively small number of investors can have a profound impact on stock prices.

  • Fed Taking Measures 'the Smart Way': Ackman Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | 9:46 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve's steps to help out the banking system have begun to take hold and will help resuscitate the economy, said William Ackman, managing principal at Pershing Square Capital Management.

  • What the Pros Say: This Rally Won't Last Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | 9:27 AM ET

    Asian markets traded higher Thursday, with the Nikkei 225 Average closing almost 10 percent higher. CNBC's experts believe the index can keep climbing, while the rally in Western markets may be shortlived.

  • Pimco's Gross: Rates To Hold Steady Or Decline More Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 5:02 PM ET

    As the Federal Reserve slashed a key interest rate by 50 basis points on Wednesday, Pimco's Bill Gross said he expects rates to hold or decline to 1 percent.

  • Rate Cut Doesn't Give Stock Market Much of a Boost Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 4:05 PM ET
    Traders at the NY Stock Exchange

    The stock market collected on its rate-cut IOU today from the Fed, but it didn't end up changing the mood on Wall Street.

  • Fed Rate Cut Fails to Deliver Much Impact on Stocks Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 2:25 PM ET
    Traders at the NY Stock Exchange

    Wall Street is waiting to collect on a rate-cut IOU today from the Federal Reserve, but the central bank's move is unlikely to cause a major shift in the markets.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 2:19 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Oct. 28-29 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Do We Need a Rate Cut? Former Fed Officials Weigh In Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 11:33 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve will unveil its decision on interest rates Wednesday afternoon, and a cut is widely expected by investors. CNBC asked former Federal Reserve officials to weigh in on the upcoming decision.

  • Crescenzi: Three Reasons Fed Rate Still Matters Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
    Tony Crescenzi

    The real story regarding the Federal Reserve is its various liquidity operations; the federal funds rate is second fiddle. The federal funds rate nonetheless remains a powerful tool and it would be a mistake to dismiss its importance for two reasons.

  • What the Pros Say: Handle Rally with Care Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 9:04 AM ET

    Stock markets have been boosted by rallies but investors should trade with care, experts recommend.

  • The Nikkei Slides Towards Uncharted Territory Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 2:40 AM ET

    October hasn't been a very good month for Japan's Nikkei 225 Average. And for those invested in the Nikkei, October has been nothing short of apocalyptic. A quick run through of the statistics is enough to send investors screaming for cover. But what do the charts say?

  • The Truth Behind Falling Gas Prices Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 9:13 PM ET

    The extraordinary plunge in oil comes down to simple Economics 101.

  • Pros Say: Deflation, Global Weakness Until 2010 Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 8:12 AM ET

    Markets may be up Tuesday, but the economic outlook remains grim. CNBC's experts share their views on where the economy is headed and how long it will take to recover.

  • Banks' mark-to-market losses on financial products like asset-backed debt doubled to $2.8 trillion since forecasts in April, because of deteriorating market conditions, the Bank of England estimated in a report.

  • A strategist claims that crude oil could trade as low as $20 a barrel, while another economist expects a "vicious and a violent upside" stock market rally. Following are today's top videos:

  • Ukraine PM Risks Losing IMF Credit: PM's Aide Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | 1:40 PM ET

    An aide to Ukraine's president said on Monday that Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko risked losing an IMF credit by attaching conditions to the adoption by parliament of financial measures required for the loan.

  • Poll: Are You Worried About Losing Your Job? Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | 9:51 AM ET

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  • What the Pros Say: Yen is King Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | 9:09 AM ET

    The yen continued to gain Monday even after the Group of Seven warned the Japanese currency posed a threat to financial and economic stability. CNBC's experts weigh in on whether now is the time to buy the currency.

  • This week is not only the last one of the month. It's also the week that could determine if GM holds on to the top spot in monthly auto sales in the U.S.

  • Governments May Have Caused Stocks Selloff: Dr. Doom Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | 5:25 AM ET

    The wave of stock selloffs sweeping world markets may be partially caused by the fact that many governments increased guarantees for bank deposits, making them a much safer investment, Marc Faber, author of the "Gloom, Doom and Boom Report," told CNBC Monday.

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