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  • Bonds Pressured as Credit Concerns Ease Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 5:26 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury debt prices fell for a third day Thursday as signs of stability in the distressed credit markets caused investors to switch out of safe-haven government bonds.

  • Greenspan: I Didn't See Mortgage Meltdown Coming Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 1:35 PM ET
    On his last day as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Alan Greenspan smiles as he presides over his final Federal Open Market Committee meeting at the the Fed's headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. He is speaking to Deborah J. Danker, at left, special assistant to the board, with Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr., at right. Greenspan has held the post for more than 18 years and is widely viewed as the most successful chairman in the Fed's 92-year h

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he was late to see the storm gathering around U.S. mortgage lending practices and commended his successor Ben Bernanke's handling of the crisis, saying he would likely be responding in a similar fashion.

  • What, Me Worry? Most Shrug Off Subprime Mess Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 1:02 PM ET

    Americans are relatively unconcerned about the subprime mortgage troubles, and they say President Bush is doing a better job, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • Bernanke to Testify Next Week On Mortgage Crunch Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 12:02 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers the board's Monetary Policy Report to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington Wednesday, July 19, 2006. "The recent rise in inflation is of concern," and possible increases in the prices of oil as well as other raw materials "remain a risk to the inflation outlook," Bernanke said. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Sept. 20, a spokesman for the panel said.

  • ECB Highlights Uncertainty, Waiting for Credit Data Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 10:08 AM ET
    FILES - Picture taken 06 June 2007 shows a man walking past the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt/M. western Germany. The European Central Bank 14 August 2007 injected 7.7 billion euros (10.5 billion dollars) into the money market to calm liquidity fears in the wake of the crisis in the US home loan sector.

    The current turmoil makes a restart of the European Central Bank's tightening cycle uncertain.  It will take months before financial markets  return to normal.

  • Jobless Claims Rose Less Than Expected Last Week Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 8:58 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    The number of U.S. workers signing up for jobless benefits edged up a smaller-than-expected 4,000 in a holiday-shortened week, a government report showed on Thursday.

  • BOE Lets Banks Borrow More Money Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 7:50 AM ET

    The Bank of England made on Thursday its biggest concession yet to banks caught up in the credit crisis, giving them greater flexibility on how much cash they can borrow without penalty to manage daily cashflow.

  • U.S. Subprime Tension has Increased Growth Risks: ECB Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 6:38 AM ET

    Risks to global expansion have recently increased due to tensions in the U.S. subprime mortgage market and there are fears of growing spillovers to other segments, the European Central Bank said on Thursday.

  • Eyes East: It Is the Risk Trade for a Reason Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 4:59 AM ET

    I'm just back from China. We spent a week shooting interviews with the heads of some of the largest listed Chinese companies. All of this was against the backdrop of the World Economic Forum event in Dalian, the northeastern coastal resort city. A great chance to get among the business community and get a feel for the strength of underlying profit growth.

  • China's industrial output slowed more than expected in August in a tentative sign that tightening measures and tax changes aimed at slowing the world's fastest-growing major economy may be working.

  • New Zealand Central Bank Holds Rates, Steady Outlook Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 10:17 PM ET

    New Zealand's central bank kept interest rates on hold at 8.25%, as expected, on Thursday amid a slowing domestic economy and global credit market turmoil.

  • Fed Playing Middle Ground On Cutting Rates Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 5:16 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers the board's Monetary Policy Report to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington Wednesday, July 19, 2006. "The recent rise in inflation is of concern," and possible increases in the prices of oil as well as other raw materials "remain a risk to the inflation outlook," Bernanke said. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Whether by dumb luck or intelligent design, Federal Reserve officials appear to have squeezed their way out of a dangerous policy trap.

  • Paulson Asks Lenders to Help Homeowners Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 2:14 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Wednesday a recovery in the subprime mortgage market will be slowed by a wave of interest rate resets and urged lenders to help troubled borrowers.

  • Paulson, Mozilo And A Simple Wrist Slap Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 1:45 PM ET

    I have to admit I don’t know much about our nation’s Treasury Secretary. I do know that he followed orders from his boss today, and met with some of the country’s largest mortgage lenders. It’s all part of President Bush’s “Foreclosure Avoidance Initiative,” that he announced less than two weeks ago.

  • Home Loan Demand Rises For Second Straight Week Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 1:04 PM ET

    Market analysts, however, say data on mortgage applications may be artificially inflated because prospective borrowers have been filing multiple applications to obtain a single loan due to widespread tightening of lending standards resulting from a sharp rise in defaults in the subprime mortgage market, which caters to borrowers with poor credit histories.

  • Housing Woes May Push U.S. Near Recession: Forecast Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 12:46 PM ET

    Ongoing weakness in the housing market will push the national economy to the brink of recession, but growth in other areas should put the country back on a slow road to recovery by 2009, according to an economic forecast released Wednesday.

  • Bank of England's King Refuses to Bail Out Banks Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 9:28 AM ET

    Bank of England Governor Mervyn King stood firm against bailing out struggling banks on Wednesday, but hinted that interest rates had reached their peak as he made his first comments since the credit crisis swept global markets.

  • Bulls Or Bears: Who Has It Right? Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 8:41 AM ET

    I've often remarked that retailers and financials are trading like a recession is already on, but industrials, techs and materials are trading like the global economy may be slowing slightly but is still holding up...who's right? The odd thing is that both may have it right.

  • Forecast: Housing to Push U.S. to Brink of Recession Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 4:48 AM ET

    Ongoing weakness in the housing market will push the national economy to the brink of recession, but growth in other areas should put the country back on a slow road to recovery by 2009, according to an economic forecast released Wednesday.

  • ECB'S Trichet On State Of Economies Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 1:29 PM ET

    The markets found few immediate take aways in the comments of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke today which largely focused on the current account deficit and the global savings glut. But if you wanted to hear the thoughts of a top central banker on the state of the economy...