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  • Fannie And Freddie: Helping Them Doesn't Really "Help" Us Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 12:34 PM ET

    So instead of holding reform over their heads, the government finally let up and gave Fannie and Freddie a break on their capital requirements--which were above the norm as a punishment for previous accounting “issues.”

  • As Interest Rates Decline, Bernanke's Stock Goes Up Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 11:43 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s stock is at a 52-week high on Wall Street --- with the exception perhaps of Bear Stearns, which appears to be selling him short.

  • After the Fed's Latest Rate Cut: CEOs Weigh In Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 10:53 AM ET

    A day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates another three-quarters of a point, CEOs joined Squawk Box to share their outlook on the economy and markets.

  • BoE Voted 7-2 for Steady Rates in March Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 5:42 AM ET

    Two of the nine Bank of England policymakers opposed this month's decision to keep interest  rates at 5.25 percent, preferring an immediate quarter-point cut to shore up the economy in the face of a global downturn.

  • Best Day in Five Years Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 7:11 PM ET

    Stocks take off after better-than-expected earnings from Lehman and Goldman and go higher still on another Fed rate cut. Also, breaking news on the Visa IPO and more.

  • It's Confidence, Stupid! Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 7:07 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Well, not altogether true, of course. Or rather: It´s not so much confidence, but the notable lack thereof. Has Ben Bernanke completely lost his bearings? That's the question of the day ...

  • Dow Gains 3.5% in Financial-Led Rally Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 6:11 PM ET

    Stocks soared Tuesday, led by financials, as the market breathed a huge sigh of relief following better-than-expected earnings from Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.

  • Fed Gives Inflation a Promotion in Tuesday's Cut Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 4:08 PM ET

    Today's statement is another in a series of very significant communications from the Fed. At the extreme, it could mean the Fed is done cutting rates, barring any more massive credit-market upheavals.

  • Fed Funds Rate Cuts - Is Bernanke More Decisive? Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 3:52 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve announced a 75 basis point cut to its Fed Funds Target today, bringing the rate down to 2.25%, its lowest level since January 2005.   The Fed has now cut the rate by 3.0% since it began easing in September of last year.  How does 300 basis points over 180 days compare to past easing periods?

  • Fed Can't Unfreeze Credit Just by Cutting Rates Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 2:24 PM ET
    Credit Crunch

    The size of the Fed’s expected rate cut today may help stimulate a sluggish economy. But  it is unlikely to unfreeze the credit markets, especially the mortgage one.

  • Fed Lowers Rates 3/4 Point, Fueling Huge Stock Rally Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 2:19 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve slashed a key U.S. interest rate by three-quarters of a point, to 2.25%, but Wall Street didn't seem to care that the cut was smaller than many had expected.

  • TEXT: FOMC Statement Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 2:17 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • Stocks Hold Gains Ahead of Rate Decision Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 1:25 PM ET

    Stocks soared Tuesday, led by financials, as the market breathed a huge sigh of relief following better-than-expected earnings from Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.

  • Euro Stocks Close Higher on Fed Hopes Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 12:41 PM ET

    Major European stock indexes closed more than 3 percent higher on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest-rate-setting meeting, and after U.S. banks Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers reported earnings that beat markets expectations.

  • Fed Move Could Give Oil A Volatile Trading Day Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    Black gold and gold futures are significantly higher after yesterday's rout. Here's what the energy market seems to think will happen: The Fed will cut rates by 75 basis points (maybe even 100, a few think it could be 50). If the cut is as massive as some suspect, the dollar will weaken even further against the Euro and other currencies.

  • Builders Sit With Cash And Everybody Waits Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 12:17 PM ET

    I’m working on a story for TV today about which builders are in the deepest doo-doo after the Commerce Dept. reports single family permits down 6.2 percent in January. Permits are down 30 percent since the August credit freeze and down 57 percent from their peak in September of 2005.

  • Paulson: We're in A Sharp Economic Downturn Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday the U.S. economy had turned down sharply but declined to label the situation a recession.

  • Fed Is Expected to Slash Interest Rates Again Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed policy-makers are expected to make the biggest interest rate cut since 1982, while two major Wall Street firms provided some relief to investors with better-than-expected earnings.

  • Stocks Rise as Investors Expect Big Rate Cut Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Tuesday as investors are anticipating that the Federal Reserve will deliver an unusually large rate cut.

  • Fed Keeps Altering Tactics As Credit Crisis Deepens Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:27 AM ET
    Credit Crunch

    As the credit crunch worsens,  the Federal Reserve is becoming  more imaginative in its tactics. Wall Street is now betting on a full-point cut in interest rates, to  2%,  when the Fed meets Tuesday.