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  • Editor's Introduction: Credit Is Money, Debt Is Not Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:52 PM ET

    Many incomes are flat or down. The same goes for Investment portfolios. In many parts of the country, your house isn't worth what it used to be. People are losing their jobs, homes or both. Living with debt and credit has become a high-stakes, high anxiety balancing act. This special report will help you.

  • Debt Consolidation Has Its Pitfalls Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:49 PM ET

    With more Americans taking on more debt, debt consolidation may seem like a good way out. If so, do it sooner, rather than later and beware of these common mistakes.

  • Companies Want To Make Your Problem Their Business Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    If you’re one of the many American’s with bad credit, a credit repair service probably sound pretty appealing. But can they really fix your credit? The short answer is no. Here's why.

  • You Can Live Debt Free (Kind Of) Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:34 PM ET

    Is it practical or even possible in modern day America to eliminate debt entirely? It just takes discipline, sacrifice and a more liberal definition of what constitutes personal debt. Here's what we mean.

  • Six Steps To Restoring Your Credit Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:31 PM ET

    Luckily, if your credit rating is less than worthy, there are steps you can take to redeem yourself. First and foremost, start making payments on time.

  • Confidence in UK Housing Recovers Slightly: RICS Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 8:03 AM ET

    Confidence in the UK real-estate sector showed tentative signs of recovery in July, but the lack of mortgage liquidity is likely to cause further price declines as banks continue to protect their balance sheets, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said Tuesday. 

  • UK Inflation Is an Illusion Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 6:40 AM ET

    Inflation in the UK rose 4.4 percent in July according to the latest consumer price index (CPI) data and the Bank of England's own inflation outlook released Wednesday is sure to paint a similar picture.

  • Australia Business Conditions Toughest in 7 Years Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:09 AM ET
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    A key measure of Australian business conditions hit its lowest level in seven years in July as firms reported falling sales and profitability, adding to the case for an urgent cut in official interest rates.

  • China's July Consumer Inflation Falls to 10-Month Low Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 11:38 PM ET
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    China's consumer price inflation fell to a 10-month low of 6.3 percent in July from 7.1 percent in June as last year's surge in the cost of food continued to unwind, the government said on Tuesday.

  • Japan Wholesale Inflation Jumps to 7.1% Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 10:29 PM ET
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    Japanese annual wholesale price inflation jumped to 7.1 percent in July, a 27-year high and well above expectations, adding to fears that high energy and commodity costs are squeezing firms and pushing the economy into recession.

  • Market Insider: Tuesday Look Ahead Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 9:00 PM ET

    Stocks are likely to follow the dollar, commodities trade again Tuesday, with little economic news to drive direction early.

  • Drop in Oil Prices May Not Boost US Economy Much Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 2:54 PM ET

    Oil inflicts heavy economic pain on the way up, but a slower and smaller benefit on the way down.

  • Credit Crunch Hits Credit Cards Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 2:26 PM ET

    We all know credit is tight, but now we’re seeing it seize in some very uncomfortable places, namely, literally, your wallets. The July 2008 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practice, out today, says "About 65 percent of domestic banks indicated that they had tightened their lending standards on credit card loans."

  • Economists Even Gloomier on Outlook for US Recovery Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 1:46 PM ET

    Economists have soured on the U.S. economy's prospects for the second half of 2008 and have cut growth forecasts for next year as well, a closely watched survey released Monday showed.

  • Beyond Stocks: Four Plays That Offer Safe Returns Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 11:15 AM ET

    With the Fed likely to keep interest rates steady and the economy showing no signs of rebounding soon, investors are looking beyond stocks to find safer returns.

  • Just the potential for a U.S. recovery will bring "enormous" amounts of under-invested cash back into the stock market, the head of an investment group said.

  • China's Factory Gate Inflation at 12-Year High Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | 11:34 PM ET
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    China's producer prices jumped by 10.0% in the year to July, the first time factory-gate inflation has been in double digits since the mid-1990s.

  • Australia's RBA Sees Scope for Lower Interest Rates Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | 9:52 PM ET
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    Australia's central bank on Monday said the economy looked to be slowing enough  to significantly reduce inflation over time, providing growing scope to ease interest rates from 12-year highs.

  • Fannie (And Freddie's) More Costly Future? Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 2:18 PM ET

    I guess I didn’t need the CEO of Fannie Mae to tell me that his company’s dismal second quarter results, “reflect challenging conditions in the housing and mortgage markets that began in 2006 and have deepened through 2007 and 2008.” No kidding.

  • U.S. productivity grew at a weaker-than-expected 2.2 percent during the second quarter despite a rise in output and lower unit labor costs than during the first quarter, a Labor Department report on Friday showed

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