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  • Stop Trading!: Fed Will Cut Another 100 Basis Points Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 11:12 AM ET

    Forget the Bernanke speak. Cramer doesn't think the central bank has any choice but to keep cutting rates.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.

  • Week Ahead: How Dangerous Is The Financial Sector? Sunday, 4 Nov 2007 | 1:30 PM ET

    Stocks could be setting up for a bit of a bounce back but first investors need to decide just how radioactive the financial sector has become. Heading into the weekend, market rumors of lurking credit issues plagued bank and brokerage stocks.

  • Dollar Hits Record Low as Financial Stocks Drop Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 4:29 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The dollar sank to record lows against the euro and a major currency basket on Friday, as persistent worries about unreported losses at financial firms overshadowed a strong U.S. payrolls report.

  • Foreclosures Could Remain High for 18 Months Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 2:03 PM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    The rate of foreclosures in the United States will remain higher than normal for the next18 months as the current home loan crisis plays itself out, a senior U.S. Treasury official said Friday.

  • Market Insider/Friday Look Ahead Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 8:20 AM ET

    Jobs data for October will set the course of trading Friday, and maybe even for days after. "I think it will be good for the market to focus on fundamentals rather than the ethereal notions of credit and its relative crappiness," said CNBC senior economic correspondent Steve Liesman.

  • Investors Wary of What Jobs Report Will Bring Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 8:07 AM ET
    Help Wanted Sign

    After Thursday's huge selloff in the stock market, investors are now turning their attention to the October jobs report.

  • Dollar Down vs. Yen, Up vs. Euro on Mixed Views Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 4:44 PM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The yen rose broadly Thursday after brokerages downgraded two of the largest U.S. banks, knocking equities lower and sparking fears that fallout from the credit crisis may sap investor appetite for risk.

  • Behind Market Selloff: Fed Won't Bail Out Investors Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 4:42 PM ET

    If the Fed isn't going to cut  rates any more, that means bad news really is ... bad news. And with continuing concerns about the financial sector and oil prices, there is plenty of bad news.

  • Fed Pumps $41 Billion Into Financial System Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 1:09 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve pumped $41 billion into the U.S. financial system Thursday, one of its largest cash infusions to help companies get through a credit crunch that took a turn for the worse in August.

  • Uh Oh--Are Consumers Starting to Rein In Spending? Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 12:00 PM ET
    Shoppers in a toy aisle at a Target store.

    The mighty U.S. consumer may be starting to crack, just as the Federal Reserve signaled that it was through with interest rate cuts barring a sharper economic downturn.

  • Why Futures Are Down Today Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    Futures are down for several reasons: 1) Now we're really data dependent. Part of the problem with the market this morning is the realization that the economic data will have to be REALLY weak for the Fed to lower rates further.

  • Australians Spending Freely, Lock-In Rate Rise Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 10:27 PM ET

    Australian retail sales easily outpaced expectations in September, setting the seal on a very strong quarter for consumption and adding to an already compelling case for a further rise ininterest rates.

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 8:41 PM ET

    Bring on the year end! That's the view from the markets now that the spooky month of October is behind us and the Fed has done its work. November will be no slouch. It starts off with a big dose of economic news Thursday and Friday, and some key earnings reports, including Exxon Mobil Thursday morning.

  • Don’t Overthink the Market Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 7:46 PM ET

    Pros are losing money, while amateurs rake in the cash. Why? Because the pros know too much. Let Cramer explain.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.

  • Stop Trading!: Forgotten by the Fed Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 7:04 PM ET

    Not everyone in the market is jumping for joy after today's interest rate cut.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 Cuts Rates But Hints Against Further Easing Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 4:28 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    The Federal Reserve, moving to head off the threat of a recession, cut two key interest rates by a quarter-point but signaled that it may be done easing rates for now.

  • Market Lowers Expectations For Further Rate Cuts Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 4:06 PM ET

    The markets got the rate cut they wanted, but the Fed signaled an increased concern with inflation, and the market is responding by ratching down its expectations for further rate cuts. But the Fed also noted that "economic growth was solid" (a nod to the stronger than expected GDP growth of 3.9%), and that "the strains in the financial markets have eased somewhat."

  • Markets Get Fed Cuts But Future Ones In Doubt Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 3:07 PM ET

    The markets got the cuts they wanted, but not the wording, which was not friendly to those who wanted a clearer signal that more rate cuts were coming: 1) the Fed said there was an equal balance between the inflation risk and risk to growth, 2) Hoenig dissented...

  • Dollar Hits Record Low After Rate Cut Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 2:57 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The dollar  fell to a record low against the euro after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-percentage point and said the pace of economic growth will slow this year.

  • Economy Strong Despite Battered Housing Sector Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 2:42 PM ET
    Credit card swipe

    The U.S. economy grew at a surprisingly brisk clip in the third quarter as both consumer spending and exports showed strength despite a battered housing sector.