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  • How To Save Time Looking For a Place to Put Your Money Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 10:56 AM ET

    Those looking for ways to maximize their return on cash will find a myriad of new options with relatively attractive interest rates, but they often come with convoluted guidelines. Here's a way to cut through the maze.

  • Administration Takes Loan Servicers to Task Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | 4:55 PM ET
    home loans

    When I first read the letter from the secretaries of Treasury and Housing and Urban Development to the 25 loan servicers signed onto the administration's housing rescue program, I thought, "Them's fightin' words!"

  • Schwarzenegger Likely to Veto Calif. Social Programs Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | 12:43 PM ET
    California Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday is expected to use his line-item veto power to make additional cuts to California's latest spending plan—a move advocates fear could further hurt the poor.

  • Will Treasury Auctions Move Markets? Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | 5:55 PM ET

    Here we go again with bond auctions dictating the mood in the market. What should you expect as the Treasury auctions $115 billion in new debt?

  • Home Construction

    The good news is that sales volumes of new construction are rising; the bad news is they're doing so despite growing trouble with appraisals. I can't seem to talk to anyone in the real estate industry on any topic without hearing something about appraisals.

  • Bernanke: Had to 'Hold My Nose' Over Bailouts Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | 2:57 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Sunday that he had to "hold my nose" over last year's taxpayer-financed bailouts of big financial companies but argued that the action had to be taken to avoid a major meltdown of the U.S. financial system and the broader economy.

  • Cash Register

    "The nosedive is over," says one economist about Friday's second-quarter GDP report.  "Nevertheless, you come out of this looking past the second quarter with a very uneven recovery picture."

  • We've Hit Bottom: Corning CFO Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | 11:33 AM ET

    Corning stock  softened in early morning trading despite reporting better-than-expected second-quarter earnings on Monday.

  • Stocks Could Rise Another 15% this Year: Investor Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | 8:30 AM ET

    All the ingredients are on hand for the market to mix together a perfect bull run and stocks could rise another 15 percent this year and possibly 25 percent next year, Roger Nightingale, strategist at Pointon York, told CNBC.

  • Special Sessions on Budgets Costing States Big Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 4:36 PM ET
    Columns and steps

    States are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece on special legislative sessions whose chief purpose, ironically, is to trim more funding from their eroding budgets.

  • Minimum Wage Hike Means More Recession? Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 4:18 PM ET
    Hotel Hospitality

    A federal minimum wage increase that takes effect Friday could prolong the recession, some economists say, by forcing small businesses to lay off the same workers that the pay hike passed in better times was meant to help.

  • Homeownership Society: All in Good Time Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 4:02 PM ET

    Many moons ago, like back in the George W. Bush administration, home ownership was all the rage. The "ownership society," some say, was the political impetus for the scandalous, irrational, negligent subprime lending that served to bring down the nation's economy. So as the mortgage market unwound, the homeownership rate fell, and all the politicians kept quiet, because that was the right thing; that was the necessary punishment for collective irresponsible behavior.

  • Tough Times Are Here—Even for the Repo Man Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 2:29 PM ET
    Tow Truck

    People assume a dismal economy means good times for repo men. But as the creditors who hire them aim to cut costs, these automotive bounty hunters are struggling along with the rest of American business.

  • Shadow Housing Inventory? Only the Banks Know Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 | 3:20 PM ET

    Today's relatively good news from the National Association of Realtors only added to the posse of positives in housing data. Sales are up for the third straight month, prices, while down, are not as far down as last month, and housing starts rose unexpectedly in June after builder confidence posted a gain as well. So what's bothering me? Inventory.

  • Jobless Recovery Prospects Raise Worries Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 | 1:09 PM ET
    Out of work man

    The notion of a jobless recovery is gaining traction among those who think the economy is finally getting back on its feet—but not enough to move the stock market.

  • Commercial Property Prices Less Worse Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | 12:04 PM ET
    Commercial Real Estate

    We all know commercial property prices are tanking, thanks to reduced occupancy/revenue and a completely cruddy financing landscape. That said, I think it's important to look inside the numbers and see what is the best and worst in show, so we can determine where to invest.

  • Watergate is a Steal Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 3:39 PM ET
    Watergate Hotel/Office/Apartment complex in Washington DC.

    Despite the fact that the auctioneers claimed to have calls from interested investors all over the world, not one of those folks decided to raise a hand at the Watergate Hotel auction. PB Capital, which holds the $40 million loan on the property set the opening bid at $25 million, and that was that. Not a word. Back to PB Capital.

  • Bernanke: Fed Can Handle Expanded Role For Economy Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 1:08 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal  Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday fended off congressional skepticism about expanding the Fed's duties to police big financial companies given the central bank's failure to catch problems that led to the financial crisis.

  • Roubini: Economic Recovery to Be 'Very Ugly' Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 5:57 PM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    Nouriel Roubini, the economist whose dire forecasts earned him the nickname "Doctor Doom", told CNBC Monday that the economic recovery is going to be "very ugly."

  • Lodging Losses Mount Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 12:54 PM ET
    Commercial Real Estate

    Tomorrow the bank holding the $40 million loan on Washington DC's Watergate Hotel, New York-based PB Capital, will put the foreclosed property up for auction.  The 251-room, formerly grand, 12-story lodging has been empty since 2007.  Just the memories of those few burglars who slept there the night before they did their historic deed still haunt the hallways.