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  • Facing Pressure to Cut, ECB Will Likely Hold Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 11:13 AM ET

    The European Central Bank is likely to keep its title as the last inflation hawk standing at its rate-setting meeting Thursday, but as fears of a global economic slowdown grow, calls for easing will only increase.

  • Fed's Lacker Says 'Mild Recession' Possible Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 1:05 PM ET

    The most likely path for the US economy is sluggish growth for at least half a year before a gradual recovery begins, Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker said.

  • Tighter Lending Standards "Hurt" Those Needing Help Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 11:43 AM ET

    I’ve saying it on TV ‘til I’m blue in the face, and now I’ve got the numbers on paper. The Federal Reserve’s January Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, finds the following: - 55 percent of domestic respondents said they had tightened their lending standards on prime mortgages; that’s up from 40 percent in the October survey.

  • Fitch Says Will Toughen the Way it Rates CDOs Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 11:22 AM ET

    Fitch Ratings announced plans to toughen the way it rates $220 billion worth of corporate collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) following criticism that debt ratings played a role in creating the credit crisis.

  • Credit Crisis, Not Recession May Be Fed's Big Worry Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 9:58 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    If the health of the economy is so murky, why has the Federal Reserve been so aggressive in cutting interest rates?

  • Euro Zone Services, Sales Data Stoke Recession Fears Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 7:04 AM ET

    Euro zone service sector growth slowed sharply in January from an already weak estimate and retail sales fell in the key Christmas period, according to data on Tuesday that stoked fears of a recession.

  • ECB’s Trichet Engineers His Economics Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 7:00 AM ET

    The day after the Federal Reserve’s emergency interest rate cut two weeks ago, Jean-Claude Trichet went before the European Parliament to deliver perhaps the most eagerly awaited speech of his four years as president of the European Central Bank.

  • Australia's RBA Raises Rates, Warns on Inflation Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 12:28 AM ET

    Australia's central bank on Tuesday raised interest rates to a decade peak of 7 percent, as it struggled to keep inflation under control, and left the door open for even more hikes if the red-hot economy did not cool soon.

  • Australian Consumers Spend Freely, Rate Rise Looms Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 9:43 PM ET

    Australian consumers went on a shopping spree last quarter, data showed on Tuesday, giving a boost to an already red-hot economy and reinforcing the case for an imminent rise in interest rates.

  • Market Up Days: Real Thing Or Head Fakes? Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 4:03 PM ET

    There's a lot of debate about whether stocks have hit bottom or whether those up days were all just a head fake rally. Today's action makes you wonder. The financials, acting better on up days, are the worst performers today, and those safe haven utilities are the best performers.

  • Factory Orders Rose Less Than Expected in January Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 3:10 PM ET

    New orders at U.S. factories rose a less-than-expected 2.3 percent in December, the steepestgain since July, on strong aircraft sales, a government report showed.

  • Bonding Over The Bond Blog: Your Emails To Me Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 3:07 PM ET

    I tried to break down how the bond insurer crisis could impact the whole economy. You wrote back (see the bottom for criticism that it is the "worst" article to date!) Retired insurance analyst Mike S.:"A bit simplistic, but generally on target. Good job."

  • Labor Market Sending Mixed Signals on Recession Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 2:57 PM ET

    The labor market may be weak, but that doesn't necessarily mean the US economy is in recession or on the verge of one.

  • Mortgage Woes: Servicers Can't Keep Up With Demand Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 1:40 PM ET

    I remember wondering a while back why Countrywide had announced massive layoffs, just after hiring a considerable number of new employees. An analyst joked, “they’re probably in the loss-mitigation department.”

  • Australian Price Pressures Places Burden on Rates Sunday, 3 Feb 2008 | 11:51 PM ET

    Australia's inflation headache worsened in January while house prices boasted double-digit gains in 2007, figures out on Monday showed, adding to expectations for a restraining rise in interest rates this week.

  • Manufacturing Stages Surprise Recovery in January Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:24 AM ET
    Manufacturing Cars

    The U.S. manufacturing sector staged a surprise recovery, while consumer sentiment improved in January, but construction spending in the U.S. fell for the third month in a row, reflecting continued weakness in the housing sector.

  • Housing Crisis: Human Greed Missing From Stats Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:21 AM ET

    I read a fascinating article in the Financial Times this morning that I want to bring to your attention. The short version is that all those mathematical models used to predict future home loan default rates, i.e. the ones that should have prevented the mortgage crisis, failed because they left out one key variable: human behavior.

  • U.S. Jobs Fell Unexpectedly By 17,000 During January Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:04 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    U.S. employers unexpectedly cut 17,000 non-farm jobs in January, the first time in nearly 4-1/2 years that U.S. payrolls shrank.

  • Buy Retail Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 10:46 AM ET

    J.C. Penney and Ralph Lauren are two Cramer favorites right now.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Market Anticipating Volatile Jobs Numbers Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 5:53 AM ET
    Help Wanted Sign

    The first nonfarm payroll report of the year could bring some relief to the market if payrolls rise as expected. But seasonal factors bringing more volatility than usual make the report particularly hard to handicap.