Interest Rates


  • Market Tips: Prepare for Years of Rallies & Crashes Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 6:09 AM ET

    Global markets had mild gains Wednesday after the Federal Reserve cut rates to a range of zero and 0.25 percent, as many anticipated. Experts told CNBC that recent market volatility will continue for some time.

  • Cramer: The Redemption of Ben Bernanke Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 8:57 PM ET

    The Fed chief finally took the action Tuesday that Cramer's been demanding for nearly 18 months.

  • PIMCO on Fed Game Changer Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 6:45 PM ET

    What does the head of the world's biggest bond firm have to say about the Fed’s extraordinary action Tuesday?

  • Fed Game Changer: Long-Term Positive? Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 6:35 PM ET

    No matter what the Fed does, don’t get suckered back into the whole market.

  • UPDATE: Tuesday’s Rate Cut: The Trade Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 6:26 PM ET

    The Fed changed the game with an aggressive rate cut. How can you play it?

  • Pros Say: H1 Will Be 'Horrific' — But Fed Isn't Done Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 6:17 PM ET

    Some of the bad news Tuesday was "less worse" than many feared: Goldman Sachs reported its first quarterly loss since going public — but the $2.1 billion loss was much narrower than many had feared and Goldman shares rose as much as 11 percent. Stocks soared on the Federal Reserve rate-cut decision and options trading looks bullish on Boeing. CNBC heard from experts who predict a massive OPEC cut and more Fed moves to come.

  • Fed Changes The Game Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 6:10 PM ET

    No doubt that Tuesday’s Fed decision will likely go down in history. But how will it be remembered?

  • Stocks Soar After Fed's Dramatic Rate Cut Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 5:15 PM ET

    Stocks shot up Tuesday after the Federal Reserve dramatically cut interest rates.

  • Stop Trading!: Fed Move Was 'Monster' Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 4:16 PM ET

    Banks, insurers and real estate are all back on the table, Cramer says.

  • Stocks Soar as Fed Dramatically Cuts Rates Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 3:39 PM ET

    Stocks shot up Tuesday after the Federal Reserve dramatically cut interest rates.

  • The Fed's Historic Home Run Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 3:14 PM ET

    In the boring world of Fed statements, this one was an eye-opener, indeed potentially historic. It was different in tone AND content from other Fed statements. How different? Traders on the floor looked a bit confused as they tried to parse through a lot of headlines that sounded very different from previous statements.

  • What the Rate Cut Means For Consumers Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    Zero or a quarter of one percent, you won’t see us doing much more than shrugging our shoulders.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 2:25 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Dec. 15-16 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Stocks Advance Amid Hope for Fed Action Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 1:55 PM ET

    Stocks rose Tuesday, even after dismal reports on CPI and housing starts, as investors hope for new direction from the Federal Reserve when the central bank delivers its decision on interest rates today.

  • Fed Heads Into Uncharted Territory With Rate Cuts Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 1:41 PM ET

    With the Fed's key rate dropping closer to zero, the central bank is moving into uncharted territory. Still, Fed Chairman Bernanke has made it clear the Fed isn't running out of ammunition yet.

  • Foreclosures: Are Home Buyers Missing An Opportunity? Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Foreclosed Home

    In Las Vegas, which boasts 30,000 foreclosures in 2008, two out of three home sales are foreclosed properties. In California, foreclosure sales are pushing up total existing home sales like never before.

  • Market Tips: Gold, Dollar Lose their Appeal Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 7:27 AM ET

    Investors were cautious on stocks but sold the dollar Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's rate decision. Experts interviewed by CNBC see safe havens like gold and the greenback losing their appeal.

  • Futures Rise Ahead of Fed Action Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 7:25 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open Tuesday as investors hoped for fresh direction from the Federal Reserve along with another cut in interest rates.

  • Pros Say: Lower Rates Will Unfreeze Liquidity Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 4:29 AM ET

    Trading was cautious Tuesday ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to cut interest rates again as well as hint at future monetary policies to stabilize the economy. CNBC's experts anticipate the Fed will cut rates to 0.5 percent or lower, but their focus has turned to alternative measures the central bank can take to give the economy a boost.

  • As Rates Race to Zero, Printing Presses Gear Up Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 2:18 AM ET

    When the Federal Reserve policymakers decide on interest rates Tuesday, investors will probably look one step beyond their decision, to gauge how much money will the Fed be willing to print once it is out of rate ammunition.