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  • Lehman Downgrades Euro Stocks, Raises US Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 3:43 AM ET

    Lehman Brothers downgraded continental European stocks to "underweight" from "overweight," while raising U.S. equities to "overweight" from "underweight."

  • Japan Firms Borrow More to Cover Materials Costs Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 12:02 AM ET
    Japanese Flag

    Japanese bank lending in May rose at its fastest annual pace in more than a year, as firms borrowed more to cover rising energy and material costs, but economists said the rise did not signal a stronger economy.

  • Celebrity Foreclosures: Enough Already! Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 12:36 PM ET
    Celebrity Foreclosures

    It seems like over the past few months, the media just can’t get enough of showing swanky celeb estates in foreclosure. "Look! They're in trouble just like everybody else!" They are not everybody else.

  • Silvia's Blog ... Trichet's Bunnies Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 7:55 PM ET

    Not an ENTIRELY serious blog about the ECB, monetary policy and Eurozone rate prospects. Correction: an entirely UNserious blog in vague connection with the ECB and no connection with monetary policy at all. Although... you never know. (And, sorry: no juicy tales about Playgirl of the Month being introduced to spice up ECB monthly reports, either.)

  • Home Foreclosures: How Many People Are Beyond Help? Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:07 PM ET
    Foreclosed California home

    I'm sitting outside an abandoned foreclosure in Manassas,VA today, and honestly I don't know what to make of this neighborhood. There are for sale and foreclosure signs literally on every block.

  • Euro Stocks End Lower on Hawkish Trichet Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 11:46 AM ET

    European stocks ended lower on Thursday, falling for a second day in a row after ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet left the door open to an interest rate hike in July.

  • Lacker: Fed May Have Made Financial Markets Worse Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 11:16 AM ET
    Jeffrey Lacker

    Fed intervention to calm financial market panic runs a risk of encouraging more reckless behavior and may make matters worse in the future, a top Fed policy-maker said

  • Europe Preview: Why a Rate Hike Is a Good Idea Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 6:14 AM ET

    A cut, given inflation rates, would simply make it more likely that we would enter recession at some point. If prices keep rising significantly, then the fiscal and monetary response will have to be more drastic somewhere down the road.

  • US Won't Match Japan's '90s Slump: Fed's Lockhart Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 5:42 AM ET

    The United States will not experience a protracted period of economic weakness like Japan did in the 1990s, but the U.S. financial system is hurt by a lack of clear information about banks, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said Wednesday.

  • Bank of England 'Caught' Not 'Paralyzed' Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 5:24 AM ET

    The recent downturn in the UK economy is likely keeping Bank of England hawks at bay, according to former Monetary Policy Committee member Charles Goodhart, CBE.

  • Poll: Should Britain Adopt the Euro? Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:31 AM ET

    The European Central Bank's 10th anniversary may have been marred by high inflation, but the euro's show of strength over the past nine months has been impressive.

  • Mad Mail: Will the Fed Raise Rates? Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 6:33 PM ET

    Plus, concerns about First Solar, and oil's affect on natural gas prices.

  • Bernanke: Inflation a Problem But Not a 1970s Spiral Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 3:09 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Bernanke said policy-makers were concerned by signs of rising long-term inflation expectations but did not see a dangerous wage-price inflation spiral developing.

  • My Day At A Foreclosure Call-In Center Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 1:10 PM ET
    Ed McMahon

    I know everyone is gasping today over news that Ed McMahon is over a half a million dollars behind on his mortgage, but he's really not all that different from these callers, give or take a few million dollars in income.

  • Bank of England Handcuffed by Inflation Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 11:05 AM ET

    U.K. investor attention will be on the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) when it meets Thursday as the group tries to balance inflation and the threat of a recession.

  • Buy Dollars and Profit from the ECB Freeze Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 10:31 AM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The European Central Bank's inability to raise rates may mean the time for a jump back into the dollar has arrived, as the  full effects of the credit crunch still have to be felt in Europe, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • No Action, Just Hawkish Talk at ECB Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    The European Central Bank's hawks must be aching to hike rates, but they will likely sit on their hands again and leave rates at 4 percent despite inflation rising to 3.6 percent in May.

  • Mortgage Applications Index Hits 6-Year Low Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 7:20 AM ET

    U.S. mortgage applications fell for a third consecutive week, reaching its lowest level in over six years as demand for home refinancing loans plunged, an industry group said Wednesday.

  • Japan Capex Beats Forecast, GDP Seen Revised Up Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 9:51 PM ET
    Japanese Flag

    Japanese firms cut capital spending less than expected in January-March from a year earlier, prompting views that economic growth for the quarter could be revised higher at a time when uncertainty hangs over the economy.

  • Energy, Financials Lead Decline; Lehman Skids Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 5:12 PM ET

    Stocks tumbled after General Motors and Ford reported sharp drops in May sales. Prior to the news, it was a yo-yo session as a $2 drop in oil prices dragged on energy stocks and concerns lingered about financials.  The market popped several times after some good news, including a jump in factory orders, GM's restructuring plan and comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, but gains quickly fizzled.