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  • Will the BoE Keep Writing Letters? Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 12:36 PM ET

    The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee will find itself in no easier position on Thursday, as it meets again to decide on UK interest rates. With rising inflation and falling growth, there seems no alternative but to wait, see and keep writing letters. 

  • Mortgage

    We all know the mortgage market has tightened up like a 1950s girdle lately, but all the experts keep saying, if you have good credit and money to put down, you’ll do just fine. Well that’s not entirely what I’m hearing.

  • Pieces in Place to Reduce Oil Price: Schork Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 9:37 AM ET

    Fundamental pieces are in place for the lowering of oil's price, but until the dollar appreciates and speculators stop betting up the commodity it will remain at high levels, Stephen Schork, editor of The Schork Report, said on CNBC.

  • Malaysian June Inflation May Exceed 6% Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 12:42 AM ET

    Malaysian annual inflation in June probably exceeded 6.0 percent, the central bank chief said on Wednesday, breaching a mark not seen in 26 years and reinforcing expectations of an interest rate hike.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Stronger than Expected Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 10:03 PM ET
    Japanese Flag

    Japan's core machinery orders rose a faster-than-expected 10.4% in May, suggesting capital spending was holding up, but economists were cautious about the outlook as soaring costs hurt corporate bottom lines.

  • Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is making news for saying he may extend emergency lending to primary dealers, that came in the wake of Bear's downfall, past September and into next year.  And JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon is making news for trashing our lack of energy policy.

  • EIA: Gas Prices to Stay Above $4 For Rest of 2008 Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 12:57 PM ET

    Gasoline prices will remain above $4 a gallon for the rest of the year, while oil prices will continued to be pressured by the tight market for crude, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday.

  • Wholesale Inventories Post Slight Rise in May Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 10:04 AM ET

    U.S. wholesale inventories rose 0.8 percent in May, just slightly more than expected, but a measure of how long it would take to sell current stocks fell to a record low on strong sales of apparel and petroleum, a Commerce Department report showed on Tuesday.

  • Bernanke: Fed May Extend Wall Street Lending Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 8:20 AM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday the U.S. central bank may keep an emergency lending facility for big Wall Street firms open past year-end while it seeks to restore financial market stability.

  • Fed's Yellen Says Rate Policy at Crossroads Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | 12:00 PM ET
    Janet Yellen

    U.S. interest rate policy is "nearing a crossroads" now that worst-case scenarios for growth have been skirted by the Federal Reserve's aggressive string of rate cuts, San Francisco Fed President Janet Yellen said Monday.

  • Banks "Sweating" Under Construction Loans Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | 10:30 AM ET

    We started to hear rumblings last week about how residential construction loans are weighing heavily on local banks because, big surprise, some of the builders are having trouble keeping up with the payments.

  • Japanese Flag

    Japanese corporate profits are falling while consumer prices are expected to keep rising due to high oil and food costs, Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said, underlining the central bank's policy dilemma as it juggles the risks of slowing growth and rising global inflationarypressure.

  • Bush Backs Strong Dollar Policy Sunday, 6 Jul 2008 | 7:57 AM ET

    U.S. President George W. Bush said on Sunday the American economy was not growing as quickly as he would like and that his administration supported a strong U.S. dollar policy.

  • Meet the Newest Face on The Board of Governors Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 4:07 PM ET
    Elizabeth Duke

    The Democratic-led Senate approved the newest member of the Federal Reserve’s System Board of Governors last Friday, making Elizabeth A. Duke the seventh woman to become a member of the board since the board was formed in 1913.

  • And Here We Go Again ... Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 12:56 PM ET
    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    There is an adamant little Frenchman, Jean-Claude Trichet, and his merry band of monetary lawmakers drawing the line on inflation ... how'd THEY become the bad guys? Hmmm...

  • Foreclosure

    So Hope Now is doing well. But in all the data and arguing over the data, let’s look at the data for a second. Of the 170,000 mortgages saved in May, 100,000 were repayment plans and 70,000 were modifications.

  • White House: Jobs Report A Sign of Slow Growth Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 11:58 AM ET

    The White House said Thursday a report showing a sixth straight month of job losses in June was another sign of slower U.S. economic growth.

  • European Central Bank Boosts Rates Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 9:49 AM ET

    Euro-zone rates rose to 4.25% as the central bank fights inflation, but ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet's message was slightly dovish.

  • Don't Blame the Dollar for Oil Prices: Paulson Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 7:12 AM ET
    Henry Paulson

    A weaker dollar cannot be blamed for soaring oil prices as policymakers around the world tussle with the twin spectres of rising inflation and slowing growth, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Thursday.

  • Economy Expected to Shed Jobs for 6th Straight Month Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 4:45 AM ET

    Payrolls likely dropped by 60,000 in June, while the jobless rate is expected to have fallen to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in May.