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  • Pros Say: Expect More 'Sell on News' Activity Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 | 10:08 AM ET
    This Day 1 Year Ago - A CNBC Special Report - See Complete Coverage

    So far, it hasn't been a September to remember on Wall Street. With three days in the books, the month is living up to its historic billing as the worst month of the year for stock investors, though Wednesday's losses were relatively small. Read and listen to what the pros had to say...

  • Rates Will Have to Rise 'Very Rapidly': Fed's Plosser Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 | 2:52 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve will have to raise interest rates as aggressively as it cut them when it becomes clear the economic recovery has taken hold, to avoid flaring up inflation, Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Fed, told CNBC in an interview.

  • Stocks Lose Again Amid Economic Jitters Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 5:49 PM ET

    Stocks extended their losing streak for a fourth session Wednesday as hardware stocks advanced but worries about the recovery continued to gnaw at the market.

  • Fed Officials More Confident Recession is Ending Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 4:14 PM ET

    New documents show Federal Reserve policymakers had greater confidence in August that the recession was ending and felt comfortable slowing the pace of one of its economic revival programs.

  • Stocks Are Flat After Fed Minutes Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 2:06 PM ET
    The Crisis: 1 Year Later - A CNBC Special Report - See Complete Coverage

    Stocks clawed higher Wednesday as tech, insurance and energy stocks advanced. Stocks struggled through the morning after readings on employment and manufacturing came in weaker than expected.

  • Goodbye Fannie and Freddie, Hello MCGE Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 1:09 PM ET

    It's careful, it's complicated, it's got a catchy name, and it's first. At face value, that's what I see in the Mortgage Bankers Association's proposal to formulate a new, government-guaranteed, mortgage backed securities market to take the place of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Stocks Struggle Amid Worries About Recovery Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 10:35 AM ET
    The Crisis: 1 Year Later - A CNBC Special Report - See Complete Coverage

    Stocks declined Wednesday as readings on employment and manufacturing came in weaker than expected.

  • Futures Slide as Jobs Picture Weakens Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 8:40 AM ET

    Stocks were headed for a slightly lower open after an early reading on August employment numbers showed the labor market weaker than expected.

  • Commercial Loans Biggest Threat to Banks: FDIC’s Bair Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 12:21 AM ET
    Sheila Bair

    Commercial loans are likely to be the biggest drivers of future bank failure, Sheila Bair, Chairman of Federal Deposits Insurance Corporation, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • September: Bear Season Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 5:48 PM ET

    Sure you love the crisp air, cooler temperature and brilliant colors. September can be the perfect time of year -- if you're a bear!

  • What Banks Are Really Doing With Foreclosures, Pt 2 Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 4:32 PM ET

    Following up on the spirited discussion that followed yesterday's blog on what banks are doing with foreclosed properties, our reporter encounters a frustrating story.

  • Then And Now: A Tale Of Two Economies Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 8:26 AM ET

    Though the  tumultuous domino effect of September 2008 will be remembered as the tipping point of the financial crisis, its first major eruption was in the late summer of 2007 with the subprime mortgage meltdown. Much has changed since then. Here's how its reflected in key economic indicators.

  • What Banks Are Really Doing With Foreclosures Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 5:14 PM ET
    Foreclosed Home

    There have been a lot of accusations on the blogs and on the air that banks are holding on to REO (bank-owned) foreclosed properties because they don't want to put them on the market and push home prices ever lower. In digging into this, I got a few interesting answers.

  • Real Estate: Real Money And Real Problems Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 2:22 PM ET

    Property is a common means of diversifying a portfolio and hedging against inflation, but it can be a time consuming, complex and (as the recent bust proves) risky proposition.

  • Economy to See Growth In Second Half: Fed's Dudley Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 11:27 AM ET

    William Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve talks about economic growth, Treasury auctions, inflation and what the Fed has learned from the economic crisis.

  • Treasury Building

    Despite a seemingly endless flow of US government debt into the markets, foreign investors continue to gobble up Treasurys and keep yields relatively low.

  • Loans Resetting Lower? Not So Fast Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | 10:46 AM ET
    home loans

    Yesterday, at one of the morning staff meetings, a CNBC producer told of how his son had an adjustable rate mortgage that actually, thanks to today's low interest rates, adjusted down, saving him hundreds of dollars on his monthly payment.  Well all of a sudden everyone wanted to know if this would mean a shot in the arm to the economy, with all these supposedly troubled adjustable rate mortgages adjusting down instead of up.

  • UK House Prices Rise Again in August: Nationwide Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | 3:53 AM ET

    House prices in Britain rose by 1.6 percent in August, slowing the annual fall in prices as low interest rates helped support the market, a major mortgage lender said Thursday.

  • Housing Numbers You Don't See Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 2:03 PM ET

    As usual, by the middle of the day, I get bored with talking about the headline housing number du jour, and I start pondering some of the numbers that never make it into the general news stream.  Today I'm looking at P.4 of the Commerce Dept.'s report on "New Home Sales in July."  I'm wondering why sales of homes "Not started" (i.e. still empty lots) rose 33 percent month to month, while sales of "Completed" homes fell 6 percent.

  • Durable Goods Orders Jump, Mainly on Transportation Gear Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 12:40 PM ET

    Orders for durable goods rose last month by the largest amount in two years, but the rise was mainly fueled by the volatile transportation sector.