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  • Is The Fed, The Problem? Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 6:05 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it is prepared to buy long-term government debt if that would help improve credit conditions...

  • Stocks Rally to the Finish, Led by Banks Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 5:07 PM ET

    Stocks ended at session highs Wednesday, led by banks, amid enthusiasm for this so-called "bad bank" plan and as the $825 billion stimulus package neared approval.

  • Stocks Hold Gains After Fed Comments Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 4:01 PM ET

    Stocks held onto a nearly 200-point gain Wednesday after the Federal Reserve issued its statement on the economy.

  • Banks Sitting On An Inventory Time Bomb Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 4:01 PM ET
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    About 70 percent of foreclosures in RealtyTrac database have not yet been listed on the MLS. I'm wondering why? Why are the banks sitting on all these properties instead of listing them for sale?

  • The Fed Stays Fluid Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 3:16 PM ET

    The Fed issued a long statement that clearly indicated their policies would be fluid. There was a little bit for everyone in the statement who wanted an aggressive Fed, and some for those who wanted a more conservative Fed.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 2:16 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Jan. 27-28 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Stocks Take Off as Banks Surge Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 11:10 AM ET

    Stocks shot out of the gate Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to move ahead on an $825 billion economic stimulus plan and banks got a boost from this so-called "bad bank" plan.

  • Futures Surge as Banks Poised for Gains Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 8:18 AM ET

    US stocks were poised to continue their positive start to the week Wednesday, as investors looked to a key policy meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee for more action to stem the credit crisis.

  • Housing's Front Lines Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | 3:46 PM ET

    I know many of you think I'm the angel of housing doom, but we need to face some cold hard facts. One month-to-month increase in sales, percentage-wise, from a huge drop the previous month, means absolutely nothing.

  • Baccardax: Bonds Are Still a Screaming Buy Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | 9:03 AM ET
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    The recent lull in the government bond market's bullish tone only enhances the arguments for ramping-up a portfolio of the heretofore dullards of the financial markets.

  • What's Really Behind The Spike In Bank Repossessions Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 3:47 PM ET
    Realty Trac

    Sometimes when you look inside the numbers, you find something interesting. In a recent report I noticed the number of bank repossessions was rising faster than overall foreclosure filings.

  • Fixing Foreclosures: 'How Far Are We Going to Go?' Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 1:44 PM ET
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    Most agree home foreclosures are a major problem.  But the severity of the issue, mechanics of tackling it and amount of money needed are very much under debate.

  • Lowered limits. Higher rates. Harsh late fees. If you’ve been squeezed by the credit card crackdown, new rules should help make sure you’re not punished again.

  • Pros Say: Hedge Funds the Best Crisis Fighter Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 4:43 AM ET

    Global stocks ended the week lower Friday on heightened economic fears. The dollar and government bonds gained as investors parked their money in safe havens.

  • Toll Brothers: They’re Practically Giving It All Away Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 2:33 PM ET
    Toll Brothers

    As the home builders en masse continue to beg for a home buying stimulus from Congress that includes a government-subsidized mortgage rate buy-down, luxury home builder Toll Brothers is getting ahead of the game.

  • US Homebuilders' Confidence Keeps Declining Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 9:00 AM ET
    Home Construction

    Hope for a modest recovery in the housing sector spurred by a recent decline in mortgage rates, seems to be a far fetched pipe dream.

  • Pros Say: Yen Rules, Pound for Fools Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 5:00 AM ET

    The yen rose toward a 13-1/2 year high against the dollar and a seven-year peak versus the euro on Thursday. While the sterling fell again against the greenback, nearing $1.3618, its lowest since September 1985.

  • Loan Modification Companies: Saviors Or Scams? Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 1:43 PM ET
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    The companies claim they will, for a fee (which seems to be around $3000), get you through the red tape of lender/servicer modification programs and get you to a rate or payment that you can afford. Some are quite reputable, while others are total scams.

  • Pros Say: We're Only 2/3 Done Finding Bank Skeletons Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 8:26 AM ET

    Global stocks were down again Wednesday on continued signs of trouble in the financial sector. Experts tell CNBC that there is more bad news to come.

  • What Should President Obama Do First? Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | 12:41 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    I've been standing on Constitution Avenue since about 4AM, thinking about what our new President will do for America's battered housing market once he moves into HIS new house. As I waded into the crowd, my first question to each reveler I stopped was: "What should President Obama do first?"