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  • Housing's Future: Regulation or Monetary Policy? Monday, 4 Jan 2010 | 11:59 AM ET
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    Nothing better than jumping into work after vacation and settling right into an argument over what works better to prevent housing bubbles: Regulation or monetary policy? It all started with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and his conclusion in a speech made at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in Atlanta yesterday.

  • Farrell: What to Worry About Monday, 4 Jan 2010 | 7:31 AM ET

    Admittedly, many trouble points are already known and probably priced into the market to some extent. What might give us real trouble would be the unknown that rises up to surprise us.

  • Higher Rates? Here's How To Invest Monday, 4 Jan 2010 | 3:01 AM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Sunday cracked the door open a bit more to the idea of raising interest rates to pop potential bubbles, reinforcing the view that rates are set to go up before 2010 bows out.

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    Even those who started with a low six-figure balance could have doubled their total savings in the last 10 years, the New York Times reports.

  • Week's Bond Auctions Show Lingering Need for Safety Thursday, 31 Dec 2009 | 2:41 PM ET
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    A belief that economic tumult has not completely passed and that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to make any dramatic rate moves has unexpectedly driven investors into Treasury auctions this week.

  • Don't Fear Inflation — Fear This: Strategists Thursday, 31 Dec 2009 | 1:46 PM ET

    Markets edged lower on the final trading day of a wild 2009. John Merrill, founder and CIO of Tanglewood Wealth Management, and Andrew Kanaly, chairman of Kanaly Trust Company, shared their market strategies.

  • Midwest Business Growth Less Than Earlier Thought Thursday, 31 Dec 2009 | 1:04 PM ET

    Business activity in the U.S. Midwest expanded less robustly than originally thought this month, an industry association reported Thursday, and the sector's employment recovery failed to reach expansionary territory.

  • Stocks On Track For Best Year Since 2003 Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | 5:21 PM ET

    By the close of trade on Thursday December 31st, stocks will likely record their best year of gains since 2003. After a move like that, how should you trade going forward?

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    Markets are likely to be more volatile and US markets are likely to outperform emerging markets in 2010, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Doom and Boom Report, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Charts: Sterling is the New Carry-Trade Currency Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | 7:19 AM ET

    The British pound should be the new carry-trade currency of choice because UK interest rates will be held at record lows for longer than their European and US counterparts, Chris Zwermann from global strategist at Zwermann Financial, told CNBC Wednesday. 

  • Chance of a Double Dip Is 50%: Analyst Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | 6:08 AM ET

    The odds of the U.S. economy slipping back into recession next year are 50/50 if the government doesn't introduce any fresh stimulus measures, Len Blum, managing director at Westwood Capital, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Dow Snaps 6-Day Streak—With a Point Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 4:31 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks struggled to hold gains Tuesday as the recent rally appeared to lose steam on day seven but investors continued to raise their bets on consumer-discretionary stocks. The VIX held below 20.

  • Stocks Struggle After 6-Day Winning Streak Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 1:53 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks struggled to hold gains Tuesday as the recent rally appeared to lose steam on day seven but investors continued to raise their bets on consumer-discretionary stocks. The VIX held below 20.

  • Stocks Hold Gains as Confidence Builds Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 10:03 AM ET

    Stocks advanced Tuesday after reports showed consumer confidence improved and home prices stabilized.

  • US Economy Could Grow 3% in 2010: Economist Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 8:04 AM ET

    US gross domestic product could grow at an annual rate of as much as 3 percent next year as consumers and businesses start to regain confidence, Peter Cardillo, chief market economist from Avalon Partners, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • 'Meltdown' is Coming for Bond Market, Strategist Says Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 7:37 AM ET
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    As interest rates are set to rise, investors should position themselves away from bonds to avoid being caught in a severe fall in prices, Dan Deighan, founder of Deighan Financial Advisors, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Futures Point to More Gains for Wall Street Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 5:55 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    US stock index futures indicated a higher opening for Wall Street Tuesday, as the market is riding a six-day winning streak. But the gains, though consistent, have been relatively modest.

  • Higher Rate Fears Killed Market Rally? Monday, 28 Dec 2009 | 5:27 PM ET

    On Monday airline shares dragged down investor sentiment amid new concerns of terrorism. However airlines may not be the only drag on stocks this week.

  • Dollar 2010: Rate, Not Great, Expectations Thursday, 24 Dec 2009 | 2:06 PM ET

    Analysts predict the U.S. currency will build on its end-of-the-year gains, but it will only be a modest rally on the back of the improving economy and higher interest rates.

  • Check Your Mail—Credit Card Changes Are Coming Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 3:37 PM ET
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    Credit card companies are making major changes to  customer agreements that could mean new fees and lower credit limits. Not being aware of the changes could prove costly or even embarrassing.