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  • Look Ahead: Wall Street Faces the Witching Hour Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 8:36 PM ET
    The New York Stock Exchange, downtown Manhattan.

    The path of the dollar and fallout from the quadruple expiration of futures and options could be big drivers for stocks on Friday.

  • Should Helicopter Ben Withdraw His Name? Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 5:22 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Helicopter Ben Bernanke passed the Senate Banking Committee vote on his reconfirmation.

  • Housing's Top Cities of 2009 Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 1:46 PM ET

    Thank goodness for holiday cheer, and the need to find holiday cheer in all the misery of today's housing market.  Today Zillow released a list of the best performing cities of 2009.

  • Busch: 'BENigans' Part II Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 10:45 AM ET

    Today, the US Senate Banking committee will likely vote to recommend current Federal Reserve chairman for another four year term. This is not interesting. What is interesting is the increasing number of senators that are saying they will vote against him.

  • Bernanke to be Cleared for Second Term Despite Critics Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 11:52 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Bernanke is expected to renominated into office on Thursday, but he has his critics; some who have blasted Time's magazine's choice of the Fed Chief as "Person of the Year."

  • Cramer’s Person of the Year: Ben Bernanke Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 6:34 PM ET

    Sure, he’s jumping on Time’s bandwagon. But, hey, the magazine was right.

  • Financials Will Create 'Greatest Return': Market Pro Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 6:03 PM ET

    The Dow erased all of gains on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve offered no surprises in its latest statement. Anton Schutz, president of Mendon Capital told investors what to expect from the markets going forward.

  • Treasury Seeks More Lending Data From TARP Firms Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 5:53 PM ET
    Treasury Building

    With the Obama administration putting new pressure on big financial firms to help power what's been an erratic economic recovery, the Treasury Department is preparing to send out a survey asking recipients of government aid to state how they used the funds.

  • Markets Will Gain for 'Several Years': Stock Picker Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 4:52 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve, as expected, decided to hold interest rates at a record low for an "extended period" to keep the economic recovery going and drive down double-digit unemployment. What does this mean for stocks going forward? Kenneth Heebner, portfolio manager at Capital Growth Management, shared his view.

  • Home Equity Lost: A Cab Driver's Las Vegas Story Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 4:38 PM ET

    After a long day of live shots in Las Vegas, reporting various incredible stories of builders, buyers and investors, I got into a cab to the airport... only to hear yet another story from housing's front lines.

  • Cramer: Want to Play Housing? Buy This Bank Stock Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 3:50 PM ET

    Plus, get calls on Wednesday's Federal Reserve statement, the global economy, semiconductors and more.

  • Markets Due for 10-15% 'Normal Correction': Strategist Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 3:27 PM ET

    Markets rose on Wednesday after a relatively tame report on consumer prices. Brett D’arcy, CIO of CBIZ Wealth Management, and Deborah Danielson, founder of Danielson Financial Group, shared their market outlooks.

  • Read the Fed's Full Statement Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 2:26 PM ET

    The following is an official statement from the Federal Reserve following its two-day meeting from Dec. 15-16:

  • Halftime Report: Trading In The Wake Of The Fed Statement Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 1:16 PM ET

    With new economic data sparking inflation jitters, how should you trade Wednesday's Fed decision?

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    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may no longer be worried about losing his job, but he’s still concerned about the job prospects of millions of other Americans.

  • US Economy to Slow Next Year: Abby Joseph Cohen Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 11:32 AM ET

    Although the economy is growing by as much as 4.5 percent in the current quarter, it’s expected to slow in 2010, well-known market analyst Abby Joseph Cohen told CNBC.

  • Dollar Will Strengthen Further Next Year: Economist Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 | 7:36 PM ET

    The dollar rose on Tuesday, touching a 2-1/2-month peak against the euro, suggesting the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than anticipated. What will tomorrow’s Fed decision mean for the markets? Larry Rosenthal, president of Financial Planning Services shared his view on the dollar.

  • My Own Lunacy in Las Vegas Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 | 3:32 PM ET

    I'm in Las Vegas today doing a bunch of stories on the housing "recovery" here. Many of you may be wondering what ever happened to Katie, the subject of my "Lunacy in Las Vegas" blogs of a few months ago. 

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    The Federal Reserve is expected to leave interest rates at a record low this week. The big question is whether Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues will hint about when they will reverse course and start boosting rates.

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    Investors are keeping a close eye on the 2-day Fed meeting, which begins on Tuesday. Are higher rates on the horizon?