Interest Rates


  • Fed Discount Rate Surprise: Video Roundup Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 1:56 PM ET

    On Friday, the Federal Reserve announced that it had approved a 50 basis-point cut in the discount rate it charges for loans made directly to banks, via its regional Federal Reserve lenders . Was the discount-rate cut merely in reaction to a temporary credit crunch -- or a sobering signal that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke perceives deeper troubles in the U.S. financial sector? CNBC's Market Task Force and expert guests took on the question -- and offered survival advice to investors.

  • Real Estate: ¬†Opportunity Knocks Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 1:48 PM ET

    From commodities and construction materials to interest rates and mortgage lenders, the state of real estate is at the forefront of most business and financial debates. But some say opportunities still exist -- if you know where to look. CNBC's crack team of reporters dug into the real estate market from every angle. Here is a sampling of what they found.

  • Real Estate This Week: Mortgage Mayhem Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 1:45 PM ET

    Mayhem continued to roil the mortgage market this week, as the subprime problem seemed to permeate the lending landscape. The Federal Reserve added money to the banking system again to prevent any full-blown credit crunch, but there were casualties big and small just the same

  • Australia's central bank said on Friday it had intervened in foreign exchange markets overnight in an effort to restore some liquidity to the market for the Australian dollar.

  • Pisani's Trader Talk: Taking Lessons from Former Crises Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 5:25 PM ET
    Bob Pisani on the floor of the NYSE.

    Keep an eye on big commercial banks like Citi, JP Morgan and Bank of America: They have extensive retail banking operations and are far more diversified and better at laying off risk (often to foreign banks) than the investment banks

  • First Magnus -- Could Countrywide Really Go Under? Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 4:24 PM ET

    A few hours after that sad alert went up on First Magnus Financial's home page, I received a note from a mortgage broker crony of mine. He forwarded me a note from a local First Magnus contact of his.

  • Yen Rallies Across Board as Investors Exit Carry Trades Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 3:52 PM ET

    The yen had its biggest one-day gain versus the dollar in almost nine years Thursday, as investors unwound risky trades financed with borrowed yen, on fears of a global funding crisis. The yen soared against all major currencies and hit its strongest level since November against the euro.

  • Real Estate Valuation Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 12:32 PM ET

    A friend sent this in... not sure where it came from, but oh how true!!

  • Can You See Where This One Ends? Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 8:34 AM ET

    We had a great discussion on "Squawk Box Europe" this morning about clarity of vision -- as in do we now have a good understanding of the depth of this credit event?

  • Fed's Poole Says No Need for Emergency U.S. Rate Cut Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 7:53 AM ET

    St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President William Poole said on Wednesday financial market turmoil had not undermined the U.S. economy and there was no need for the central bank to ride to the rescue with an emergency rate cut.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 7:40 AM ET

    A bruising selloff in world stock markets is about to extract more pain on Wall Street, where stock index futures are pointing to a sharply lower opening.

  • Bob Pisani on the floor of the NYSE.

    So we are finally approaching the mythical "correction" phase: the S&P 500 is 9.5% off its historic high of July 19, close to the 10% that is considered a "correction."

  • Why High Prices? Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 2:13 PM ET

    I'll admit it; I don't get it. The National Association of Realtors reports that prices in the nation's housing markets are rebounding. They're still in the negative, down 1.5% nationwide in Q2 2007 from a year ago, but apparently fewer markets are in the negative than in the two quarters before. The NAR's economists call it "flat." Not to mention that they show sales are down 10.8% in Q2 2007 from a year ago.

  • Dollar Rises Against Euro as Yen Rallies Broadly Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 1:25 PM ET

    The dollar rose against the euro, and the yen rallied on Wednesday after investors cut exposure to carry trades as losses in the U.S. subprime mortgage market widened.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 8:57 AM ET

    Wall Street is bracing for a weaker opening, joining a sell off in stock markets around the world. Europe's major markets were lower after a selling spree across Asian markets, sparked by credit fears.

  • More credit problems surfaced in the financial sector on Tuesday, battering stocks and fueling worries that things will get worse before they get better.¬† "The market is still jittery," said Stephen Porpora, managing floor broker with William O'Neil. "Everybody's looking for the next shoe to drop in this subprime problem."

  • Southern California Real Estate Going South Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 4:55 PM ET
    Map of California

    La Jolla-based DataQuick is out with the latest stats on Southern California, and it's darned near ugly. Home sales are at their lowest since the mid 1990s. Sales in LA, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties were down 11.4% from last month and down 27.4% from July 2006. READ MORE

  • Countrywide: Fewer Loans, More Workers? Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 3:13 PM ET
    CFO David Sambol

    I was reading some wire copy on Countrywide this morning, and it left me scratching my head. The company reports that foreclosures and delinquencies among home loans that Countrywide services rose in July to their highest level in several years... delinquencies up a full percentage point and foreclosures up a half point. The company reports it made 14% fewer home loans in July than in June and applications fell 15% to a nine-month low.

  • Central Banks Scaling Back Cash Infusions This Week Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 2:05 PM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve took the unusual step of refraining from undertaking an openmarket operation so far Tuesday, in the aftermath of last week's substantial infusions of liquidity into the banking system.

  • Euro Falls on Credit Worries; Dollar Gains on Data Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 11:47 AM ET

    The euro touched a six-week low against a broadly firmer dollar Tuesday as investors shunned the single currency on renewed concerns European banks may face losses related to the U.S. subprime mortgage market.