CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks back at the week's top business and financial stories. Headlines hurt stocks this week, while GM is facing a federal investigation. The White House boosts overtime pay for non-union workers, McDonald's employees are suing the company and Men's Wearhouse gets Joseph A. Bank.» Read More
The Federal Reserve has been wise to keep the dollar weak as the economy navigates its way through the current liquidity shortage, the former chairman of the central bank's Dallas branch said.
For the second time this week, a senior Federal Reserve official conceded the United States economy could slip into recession, but suggested the central bank should wait to see if more rate cuts are needed.
Australia's top central banker said on Friday there were signs that domestic demand was cooling in a way that would help restrain inflation, suggesting he thought interest rates had risen enough for now.
Late yesterday, after much hashing and re-hashing behind closed doors, a bipartisan team of Senators emerged with the beginnings of a bill to help troubled borrowers, local communities and the nation’s home builders. The home builder provision is, I believe, necessary and huge for the industry.
The U.S. economy has taken a sharp turn for the worse and is facing a tough quarter, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Thursday.
An index of chief executives' confidence in the US economy plunged to a record low last month, reflecting deeper concerns about the credit crisis and prospects for hiring.
Now that Wall Street has gone through its version of “Survivor”, it’s time for a reality check. The credit crunch is probably far from over and is likely to play out like a mini-series than a reality TV show.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress that the economy may shrink over the first half of this year, saying "a recession is possible." Yet, he didn't offer any assurances of further interest rate cuts.
U.S. mortgage applications plunged last week, largely reflecting a drop in demand for home refinancing loans, an industry group said Wednesday.
US private-sector employers unexpectedly added 8,000 jobs in March, a report by a private employment service said, confounding economists' expectations of a fall.
According to the latest quarterly report from Halstead Property, the first quarter of 2008 saw property values continue their outlandish surge on the isle of Manhattan. The report touts "new records" in median sale prices and average apartment sale prices.
The full text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on April 2, 2008:
The European Central Bank's first-ever auction of six-month funds on Wednesday saw banks bidding more than four times the 25 billion euros on offer as they sought cash they struggle to raise on financial markets.
British bank First Direct has withdrawn mortgages for new customers to clear a backlog after people flocked to its relatively cheap rates as other lenders raised rates due to the credit crunch.
The $19 billlion writedown at UBS has cheered some investors who think that the worst of the credit crunch is now over. But the European Central Bank still faces the prospect of falling growth and rising prices.
Investors hope the second quarter will be better than the first, when markets went on a rollercoaster of writedowns, trading scandals and record oil prices. Here are CNBC Europe's best videos of the first quarter.
Euro zone manufacturing activity cooled in March, but there was the biggest growth split among leading economies in seven years, while price pressures spiralled higher, a survey showed on Tuesday.
Australia's central bank was still concerned that interest rates might not be high enough to restrain inflation when it hiked rates to a 12-year high earlier this month, minutes of the policy meeting showed on Tuesday.
I realize today all the headlines are about the Paulson plan to re-regulate the nation’s financial systems in order to prevent the current credit crisis brought on by the recent housing boom. But that’s all about the future.
The full text of a speech on the "Blueprint for Regulatory Reform" given by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on March 31, 2008: