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  • Today, we have new developments in the US governments attempts to restart the credit markets after the nuclear explosion that occurred in September. Clearly, the economy continues to reel from the extraction of low interest rates and available credit to financial institutions, to businesses, and to consumers.

  • Market Tips: Credit Is "Exceptionally Cheap" Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | 9:01 AM ET

    While stock markets gyrate between bear and bull, credit markets may ironically emerge as an attractive alternative, according to some analysts.

  • Pros Say: Banks Will Boom — Beware Hyperinflation! Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | 4:03 PM ET

    The U.S. government's plan to inject $20 billion into Citigroup seemed to drive a stock market rally Monday — but failed to reassure analysts overall. CNBC canvassed the experts for their outlooks: Despite the uncertainty, one strategist says financials will lead the recovery — and another sees hyperinflation as the real danger ahead.

  • FHA's New Risky Loans Make Housing Even Riskier Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | 12:17 PM ET

    Forgive me for not getting to this sooner, but every day in the housing crisis is hairier than the last. But I certainly didn’t miss the announcement last week by the Housing and Urban Development’s Hope for Homeowners program that new regulations would help more troubled borrowers get in on a newly-modified, FHA-backed loan.

  • Obama's Economic Team Facing Huge Expectations Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | 12:16 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    The Obama team has to project competence, confidence and commitment to swift, decisive action when it assumes office.

  • Tax Refund Check

    U.S. President-elect Barack Obama may consider delaying a campaign promise to roll back tax cuts on high-income Americans as he works on a huge stimulus plan to counter the worst economic crisis the world has faced in decades.

  • Saudi Arabia Forced To Slash Interest Cuts By Crisis Sunday, 23 Nov 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    The developments show how the global financial crisis has torn through the Arab Peninsula, until recently thought immune due to massive sovereign savings and earnings from energy exports, with almost the same violence as in Europe and North America.

  • Global Markets Want Catalysts For Buying This Week Sunday, 23 Nov 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    Many financial assets across the world are looking cheap after the market ructions of the past year but investors in general have yet to rediscover the impulse to buy.

  • Economic Team Obama: Will It Help Settle Markets? Sunday, 23 Nov 2008 | 9:59 AM ET
    Financial Crisis

    President-elect Barack Obama will announce the leaders of his economic team Monday, naming Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary and Lawrence Summers to direct the National Economic Council, transition officials said.

  • American, Asian Leaders Push Free Trade To End Crisis Saturday, 22 Nov 2008 | 6:51 PM ET

    U.S. President George W. Bush, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso and other members of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group, or APEC, said they would refrain from raising trade barriers over the next 12 months.

  • Soros: More Money Needed For U.S. Bailout Saturday, 22 Nov 2008 | 12:05 PM ET
    George Soros
  • Obama Warns On Economy: Works On Stimulus Plan Saturday, 22 Nov 2008 | 10:48 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said Saturday he was crafting an aggressive two-year stimulus plan to revive the economy, warning that swift action was needed to prevent a deep slump.

  • Pros Say: Market Will Drop 5-10% — Ford Will Boom Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | 1:55 PM ET

    Chaos reigns Friday: Lame-duck White House and Congress are unable to reach a decision on the financial crisis. Yet Citigroup stock inched up, despite misgivings over the CEO's determination not to break up the firm. And while legislators dither over the jet-setting Big 3 automakers' fates, one strategist told CNBC that Ford Motor stock could yet quadruple overnight. (You read that correctly.)

  • Jack Welch on Detroit: Let Them Go Bankrupt Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | 10:14 AM ET

    As the Dow opened to the upside on Friday, Jack Welch, former General Electric chairman & CEO, shared his insights on Detroit, the economy and Wal-Mart's new CEO.

  • Commercial Real Estate

    I’ve been reporting on Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities today and the fact that despite relatively low rates of default on commercial loans, investors are still running for the hills. The trouble, as with everything in today’s economy, is the unknown. Investors think CMBS is the next shoe to drop.

  • Pros Say: No Market Bottom 'til Valentines Day Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 | 2:32 PM ET

    The Big 3 U.S. automakers may have reached a bailout compromise Thursday — or not. Citigroup shares hover near $5, even after mega-investor Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said he'd boost his Citi stake to 5 percent. Strategists told CNBC to expect more volatility — and no bottom for months yet.

  • Credit Questions? John Ulzheimer Is Here to Answer Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 | 4:29 PM ET

    Our credit expert fields your questions on everything from debt settlement to Citigroup's new interest rate hike.

  • Cutting Interest Rates May Not Be Enough: Gross Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 | 3:20 PM ET

    Cuts to interest rates may not be enough in and of themselves to boost the economy, Pimco's Bill Gross said on Wednesday.

  • Reasons NOT To Modify Troubled Home Loans Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 | 3:19 PM ET

    I've heard a lot of arguments against, but today I read the most compelling testimony from David Kittle, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 | 2:17 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below are the minutes released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Oct. 28-29 meeting: