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  • Fed Weighs Steps to Brace Economy Against Swine Flu Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | 10:32 AM ET
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    Federal Reserve policymakers are weighing whether additional steps are needed to brace the economy as an outbreak of the swine flu has emerged as a potential new danger that could aggravate the recession.

  • Pros Say: Don't Bank on Cash; Shed Gold Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | 8:38 AM ET

    It may be the safe-haven choice of the financial crisis, but experts tell CNBC that cash will underperform over the next 10 years.

  • South Korea April Consumer Sentiment at 1-Year High Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 9:42 PM ET
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    South Korea's economy averted a recession in the first quarter thanks to pump-priming and rate cuts, the central bank said on Friday, supporting market bets that interest rates had troughed.

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    “One thing he excels at is setting realistic expectations with his audiences,” says one crisis management consultant. “He’s been careful not to over-promise.”

  • Web Extra: Shopping For a New Credit Card Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 3:26 PM ET

    NOT SEEN ON T.V.: Sick of dealing with lowered limits and higher rates? One way to combat the credit industry's tactics is to go small, says John Ulzheimer.

  • Diary Of A Short Sale, A Happy Ending Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 11:26 AM ET
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    Today I continue to follow my colleague's journey through a short sale. She started her journey on Friday.... This experience has been a nightmare for my colleague so far, dealing with the bank and the owners.

  • The author of the Credit Cardholder Bill of Rights tells us how the legislation will help, despite what the credit card industry has to say about it.

  • US Economy Needs Interest Rate of Minus 5%: Report Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 6:14 AM ET

    An ideal interest rate to help the US economy to cope with the recession would be a negative 5 percent, the Financial Times reported on its Web site, quoting an internal Federal Reserve analysis.

  • Pros Say: Stocks Are Still Good Long-Term Bet Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 5:06 AM ET

    Global stocks were down Monday, after enjoying 7 weeks of gains, as concerns of the outbreak of swine flu spooked investors. But experts tell CNBC that stocks are still a good long-term bet.

  • Bernanke's Speech on Housing and Foreclosures Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | 5:10 PM ET
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    The following is the full text of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's "Housing, Mortgage Markets and Foreclosures" speech issued in Washington Thursday and delivered before before the Fed conference on Housing and Mortgage Markets:

  • Stress Tests Show One Bank Would Need More Capital Saturday, 25 Apr 2009 | 6:48 PM ET

    At least one of the 19 financial institutions that received a government stress test would require additional capital, based on the initial findings, according to a source.

  • Live Diary Of A Short Sale Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | 5:00 PM ET
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    A colleague of mine is doing a short sale today; she's the buyer. Today is closing day, and I knew this would be interesting, so I'm going to do my blog version of pseudo-Twittering it throughout the day, with emails coming in from my colleague.

  • "Most banks" are currently well capitalized but need to hold a "substantial" amount above regulatory requirements in case the recession worsens, the Fed said in its eagerly awaited report on bank stress tests.

  • Ivanka Trump: Credit Conditions Not Improving Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | 11:15 AM ET

    Credit conditions are not improving and construction financing to build from the ground up is not available, says Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization.

  • Web Extra: Fight Back Against Credit Card Abuse! Thursday, 23 Apr 2009 | 3:40 PM ET

    NOT SEEN ON T.V.: John Ulzheimer, with help from Carmen, acts out the phone call he made to his credit card company after having his credit limit lowered -- again.

  • Home Prices Explained, REALLY Thursday, 23 Apr 2009 | 2:41 PM ET
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    Today the National Association of Realtors reported a 12.4 percent year-over-year drop in existing home prices in March. Yesterday the FHFA reported prices on homes with conventional loans fell 6.5 percent year-over-year and rose 0.7 percent from January to February. S&P Case-Shiller reports that home prices in the nation’s top twenty markets fell 19 percent in January, year-over-year. So why would anyone be confused, right?

  • UK Means More than Financial Services: Minister Thursday, 23 Apr 2009 | 7:50 AM ET

    Concessions must be made to boost the economy over the long-term, UK Minister of Trade and Investment, Mervyn Davies, UK Minister of Trade and Investment, told CNBC Thursday, one day after Labor announced a budget which was widely criticized.

  • California Foreclosures Are Back With A Vengeance Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | 1:56 PM ET

    We knew it was coming, and now it's here...the return of California's foreclosure crisis. DataQuick reports "lenders filed a record number of mortgage default notices against California during the first three months of this year, the result of the recession and of lenders playing catch-up after a temporary lull in foreclosure activity."

  • As the President prepares to sit down with top credit card execs, an industry representative tries to explain the motives behind the crackdown on interest rates and credit limits.

  • Your Credit Card Company Doesn't Care About You Tuesday, 21 Apr 2009 | 3:54 PM ET

    Are you surprised? We have got to get over the idea that we have real relationships with this business that we borrow from.