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  • Wall Street Now Betting On Another 3/4 Point Rate Cut Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Forget a half-point cut. Wall Street is now speculating that the Fed will lower rates another three-quarters of a point next week.

  • Europe Slams the Door On Interest-Rate Cuts Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 1:12 PM ET
    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    ECB President Trichet appears to shun an interest rate cut in favor of fighting inflation, contributing to another round of selling in global stock markets.

  • I want to address an issue I mentioned yesterday which generated a lot of reader mail. I wrote: “You can’t do a stated income loan anymore, and you can’t do 100 percent financing.” I was actually quoting a mortgage expert I had spoken with earlier who was trying to make the point that despite the Fed rate cut, lending standards today are far tighter than they were just six months ago.

  • Congressional Budget Office Doesn't Foresee Recession Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 10:41 AM ET
    Hundred Dollar

    The slowing economy will not sink into an election-year recession and an economic rebound is likely beginning next year, the CBO forecast Wednesday.

  • US Economy Casts A Long, Dark Shadow Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 10:17 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    There was a time when many thought Europe and the rest of the global economy might finally be able to withstand a downturn in the US. So much for wishful thinking. The spectre of a recession on top of a malignant credit crunch is the talk of the town.

  • Fed Cut 'Well Measured Move' to Avert Recession: Snow Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 9:55 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve's decision to slash interest rates by 75  basis points on Tuesday was a bold, well measured move to avoid a sharp slowdown in the U.S. economy, John Snow, former U.S. Treasury Secretary & chairman of Cerberus Capital, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe."

  • Heard In Davos: Nailing the Problem of A U.S. Recession Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 7:22 AM ET

    Economic slowdown and market disruption is the talk of Davos, in official forums, on camera and informal chats in halls and shuttle vans. Other issues like the environment and health are taking a back seat.

  • Guess What? Central Bankers Get it Wrong too… Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 6:04 AM ET

    Ok, now we've got that emergency rate cut from the Fed AND the full 75 bp the markets wanted...

  • Euro Zone Services Growth Points to Weakness Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 4:44 AM ET

    Euro zone services growth slumped significantly below forecasts to a rate not seen in over four years this month, but manufacturing growth remained unchanged from December, a key survey showed on Wednesday.

  • Australia Inflation Jumps, Sounds Rate Alarm Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 9:06 PM ET

    Australia's core inflation rate accelerated to its fastest pace in 16 years last quarter, adding greatly to the domestic case for a rise in interest rates even as turmoil in global markets seemed to argue against one.

  • What Now? Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 7:35 PM ET

    Cramer's playbook for this market.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.

  • Take It To The Bank? Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 6:58 PM ET

    In Tuesday’s Web Extra, find out how the traders are playing an expected weaker open. Also why Karen Finerman is turning her attention overseas. Is London calling?

  • New Measure Of Debt, A Countrywide Employee Speaks Out Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 5:36 PM ET

    How much debt do you have? If it makes you feel any better, your debt pile, no matter how high, is but a speck of red lint compared to the national debt. Our national debt is, gulp, $9,191,881,476,023 and change. (Keep the change). Bob Kerstein at Scripophily apparently had a little time on his hands, because he put that eye-popping figure into dollars and cents.

  • Bush Says He's Optimistic About Stimulus Plan Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 4:23 PM ET
    President Bush ocomments on the US Economy from the White House, with Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, right.

    President Bush said he is confident that Congress and the administration will be able to approve a stimulus package to jump-start the economy and calm fears of recession that have shaken financial markets worldwide.

  • Recession Worries Persist Despite Surprise Rate Cut Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 4:18 PM ET
    A container ship from Korea sits at a loading dock at Seattle's Harbor Island near downtown, Thursday, May 11, 2006. The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly declined in March for a second consecutive month, something that hasn't happened in more than two years. The improvement reflected record U.S. exports and a big drop in the country's foreign oil bill. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    There is no quick cure for what ails the U.S. economy, but if the Fed's surprise rate cut instills confidence, it may speed a recovery.

  • On Recession Watching And Fed Watchers Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 4:02 PM ET

    How avoiding a US recession may be a slippery slope, what a PricewatershouseCoopers survey says about CEO confidence and why one economist expects to be in big demand at Davos this year.

  • Fed's Rate Cut May Speed Recovery by U.S. Economy Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 3:55 PM ET
    Manufacturing Cars

    There is no quick cure for what ails the U.S. economy, but if the Fed's surprise rate cut instills confidence, it may speed a recovery.

  • Vote: Global Recession? Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 1:58 PM ET

    Fears of a U.S. recession are nothing new, but is the slowdown spreading overseas? Tell us what you think.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.

  • Fed's Surprise Rate Cut Draws Mixed Response Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 1:32 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Fed's emergency rate cut drew a mixed response on Wall Street, though the move increased the odds of more reductions.

  • Oil Still Has Worries: Slowdown In Demand Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    It’s easy to see why oil prices saw a dramatic plunge to nearly $86 a barrel overnight as equities slumped around the globe. A major player was absent and that’s why traders here at the NYMEX say the reaction in the oil market, with the U.S. market closed yesterday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, may have been overdone.