Interest Rates


  • Experts Predict: Another Round of Rate Cuts Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 6:02 AM ET

    Ahead of the Bank of England's interest rate decision Thursday, where the central bank is widely expected to cut rates by 50 basis points, experts tell CNBC to expect another round of rate cuts worldwide.

  • Fannie And Freddie: The Old Ways Can't Go Forward Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 1:06 PM ET

    I’ve got to give it to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson; he’s not going out without fightin’ words over Fannie and Freddie. Today Paulson used his now very temporary podium to offer advice to the new Congress and the Administration on the future of the GSE’s.

  • Fed Feared Rate Cuts Wouldn't Be Enough For Economy Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 2:33 PM ET

    Federal Reserve officials feared the economy would be stuck in a painful rut for some time despite their decision to slash interest rates to a record low and pledge to use other unconventional tools to fight the worst financial crisis since the 1930s.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 2:06 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below are the minutes released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Dec. 15-16 meeting:

  • The Only 2 Economic Indicators That Matter Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 1:32 PM ET

    You'll drive yourself crazy if you worry about every forecast you read in the papers. Just pay attention to these.

  • Not All Doom and Gloom: Positive Factors for '09 Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 7:50 AM ET

    Investors could be forgiven for keeping clear of the markets following one of the most turbulent years in recent history, but the positive factors developing are becoming ever more compelling, John Haynes, strategist from Rensburg Sheppards, told CNBC.

  • Jumbo Loans: They Should Get Some Refi 'Love' Too Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 1:42 PM ET

    I’m not exactly sure why jumbos seem to be in the news this week. Two different articles, one in the Washington Post and one in the Boston Globe, show seeming surprise at the fact that jumbo loans are far more expensive than conforming loans.

  • Predictions '09: Real Estate Looks For Recovery Signs Saturday, 3 Jan 2009 | 4:16 PM ET

    After a year-long hangover in 2008, the real estate industry is hoping for some strong, black coffee in the new year.

  • Economy May Be Worse A Year From Now: Feldstein Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 1:58 PM ET

    The US economy is likely to be in worse shape a year from now and will require aggressive government spending and intervention to stem the damage, economist Martin Feldstein told CNBC.

  • €urocentric: Happy Birthday, Euro! Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 8:56 AM ET

    Can you believe it? It's already been ten years since the single currency was launched into anxious financial markets amid fears of failure and forex massacre (notes and coins were only introduced two years later to replace respective national currencies). So, what's the verdict after the first decade?

  • Predictions '09: Why You Shouldn't Run From Stocks Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 1:07 PM ET

    Once the shock of the past year wears off—and the economy shows signs of recovering—investors might find bargain-priced stocks attractive again.

  • Home Buyer Tax Credit: Would It Work? Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 12:38 PM ET

    A little bird told me that the home builders will be on Capitol Hill next week, pushing for a home buying stimulus.  Now before everyone goes crying “Big Builder Bailout,” just listen to the proposal, which is only for owner occupants, and the thought process that goes behind it.

  • Predictions '09: Why Stocks May Not Be Your Best Bet Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 3:29 PM ET

    "We're assuming 2009 is going to be a poor year for stocks," says one investment pro.  "At the same time, we're looking at investments in high-income vehicles yielding 8, 9 and 10 percent that have nowhere near the risk of common stocks."

  • Pros Say for 2009: Banks Will Start Lending Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 2:46 AM ET

    For most investors, the best thing about 2009 is that it isn't 2008, as one analyst pointed out. CNBC experts share their predictions for the year to come as the world goes through the worst recession in generations.

  • Fallout From Freewheeling Fed? Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 5:47 PM ET

    There’s no doubt that 2008 will be remembered as the year of the Fed. The central bank’s actions have been nothing short of historic.

  • Low Interest Rates Generating Low Buyer Interest Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 3:58 PM ET

    A week away from the housing market has given me a slightly new perspective, and not a better one. I was beginning to buy the argument that a drastically lower mortgage interest rate would be the jumpstart the market needs. The initial readings don’t seem to support that theory.

  • Predictions '09: Finding Hot Stocks in a Cold Market Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 1:15 PM ET
    NYSE Traders

    While the overall market is unlikely to stage a major turnaround any time soon, experts agree there are a handful of investments that are heating up and could help you recoup some gains.

  • Outlook 09: Bad Or Worse For The Economy Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 | 1:45 PM ET

    The big questions for the coming year are how long and deep will the recession be  and how it will  compare to those  of the past.

  • Charts Predict: The Best Currency for 2009 Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 | 5:19 AM ET

    The Swiss franc is likely to shine over the next two years as other currencies are set to weaken, Christopher Locke, technical analyst at Oystertrade.com Management told CNBC.

  • Find Value in First Half 'Disaster': Dr. Doom Tuesday, 23 Dec 2008 | 5:08 AM ET
    bull and bear outside frankfurt stock exchange

    The first half of next year will be very bad for the world economy, but investors will find value in stock markets as some deeply discounted shares will stage a rebound, Marc Faber, editor and publisher Gloom, Boom and Doom Report, told CNBC.