Interest Rates


  • Jobs Report Likely to Reveal Downward Trend Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 6:32 AM ET

    Today's jobs report is unlikely to offer a ray of hope amid the gloom over the US economy  as the trend for a weakening jobs market is expected to become clearer, analysts said.

  • South Korea Holds Rates Steady for 7th Month Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:48 PM ET

    South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady for a seventh consecutive month on Friday, as widely expected, but economists said rates have probably peaked and may head down from as early as next month.

  • S&P 500 Index Closes Below January Low Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 4:37 PM ET

    Wall Street was poised to open mostly lower on Thursday, despite positive retail sales numbers as the market continued to worry over the battered financial sector.

  • Stocks Losses Deepen Amid Credit Worries Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 1:52 PM ET

    Wall Street was poised to open mostly lower on Thursday, despite positive retail sales numbers as the market continued to worry over the battered financial sector.

  • Euro Stocks End Lower on US Data, Trichet Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

    European stock markets ended firmly lower Thursday after ECB President Jean Claude-Trichet maintained his hawkish tone and kept interest rates pat, while data from the U.S. added to the gloomy outlook.

  • FHA/GSE New Loan Limits Are Here Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:58 PM ET

    HUD has just released the new loan limits, as mandated by the Economic Stimulus Package of 2008. FHA and the GSEs can temporarily increase loan limits and insure larger mortgages at a more affordable price in high cost areas of the country. Here's the link to check your area!

  • As Dollar Tumbles, Should Fed Stop Cutting Rates? Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:55 PM ET

    The Fed is cutting rates to bolster the economy and keep the credit crunch from getting worse. But in the process, the central bank is creating other problems--including higher inflation

  • Home Delinquency Report: Not Even A Silver Lining Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:20 PM ET

    I went into today’s “Quarterly Delinquency Survey” from the Mortgage Bankers Association thinking that no matter how bad the numbers are, the report is from the last quarter of last year, so things are probably better now.

  • REITs Are Looking Up Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:17 PM ET

    Housing slump or not, real estate investment trusts have outperformed stocks over the past three years and are once again benefitting from low rates.

  • How To Be Your Own Realtor Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:17 PM ET

    In a weak housing market, handling the sale of your home without having to pay a realtor allows you to set a more competitive price and stand out in a crowded field.

  • Navigating A Mortgage Minefield Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:16 PM ET
    A real estate sign is posted in front of this four bedroom home in Los Altos, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, that is being offered for $1,995,000. More homes priced at over a million dollars sold last year in California than in the two previous years combined, a real estate analyst says. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    "Good" is the operative word in the mortgage market these days. Anything else may simply not be good enough, which is why many borrowers are struggling to do a deal.

  • Fed's Rate Cuts May Do Long-Term Dollar Damage Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:12 PM ET

    By many measures, confidence in the dollar has never been lower, and some fear more Federal Reserve interest rate cuts will make matters worse by swelling inflation and undermining long-term U.S. economic health.

  • Is the Dollar Near the Bottom? Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 11:29 AM ET
    Euromuenzen liegen am Donnerstag, 20. September 2007, in Frankfurt am Main auf Dollarnoten, nachdem der Euro ein Allzeithoch von ueber 1,40 Dollar erreicht hatte. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) --- Euro coins are seen next to Dollar bills in Frankfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, after the Euro reached an all time high of more than 1,40 Dollar. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    The battered U.S. dollar may be near the bottom of its weakening cycle, but a recovery rally will take a while to materialize, because big uncertainties still hang over the U.S. economy, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • Stocks Losses Deepen as Foreclosures Soar Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    Wall Street was poised to open mostly lower on Thursday, despite positive retail sales numbers as the market continued to worry over the battered financial sector.

  • ECB, BOE Leave Rates on Hold to Fight Inflation Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:27 AM ET

    The ECB and the BOE left interest rates unchanged on Thursday, as fears of inflation outweighed worries that the U.S. economic woes may spread around the world.

  • Jobless Claims Fell Last Week But Remain High Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:16 AM ET

    Fewer workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the number remaining on jobless aid stood at the highest level in nearly two and a half years.

  • Foreclosures Hit a Record; Pending Home Sales Steady Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:08 AM ET

    U.S. home foreclosures and the rate of homes entering the foreclosure process rose to record highs in the fourth quarter. Pending sales of previously owned homes were unchanged in January.

  • Video: ECB, BoE Hold Rates - Instant Analysis Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 8:18 AM ET

    The Bank of England held interest rates at 5.25% Thursday, as widely expected. Ian Morley, CEO of Dawnay, Day Brokers Limited and Lena Komileva from Tullett Prebon discuss the impact of the decision.

  • Australia Trade Deficit Widens as Imports Bulge Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 9:16 PM ET

    Australia's trade deficit ballooned 41 percent in January as strong domestic demand sucked in imports while bad weather and supply bottlenecks crimped export growth. 

  • Fed Must Act to Stem Crisis, Pianalto Says Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 8:39 PM ET
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    The global credit crisis creates big downside risks to an already softening economy that require bold action from the U.S. central bank, Cleveland Federal Reserve President Sandra Pianalto said on Wednesday.