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  • Fed's Poole: Recession Unlikely but Inflation a Risk Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 2:47 PM ET

    The U.S. economy will probably avoid a recession but inflation is also a risk and the Federal Reserve must not ignore this threat as it battles weak growth, one of the Fed's top policy-makers said.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 2:21 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The text of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting on January 29-30, released on February 20, 2008.

  • Housing Starts And A "True" Leap Of Faith Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 12:46 PM ET

    The monthly report on housing starts released today from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce didn’t have the shock and awe of last month, when the report showed a whopping 14.2 percent free fall from the month before (that was actually revised even further to 14.8 percent by the way), but it still has analysts concerned.

  • 'New' Conforming Loan Limits Look -- Limited Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 12:11 PM ET

    Before you all go running to your mortgage brokers, screaming to refi your adjustable rate mortgages into good ol’ 30-year fixed rate loans under the “new temporary” conforming loan limits agreed to in the recently-signed stimulus package, take a breath. It might not be all Congress cracked it up to be.

  • Fed's Stern Says Rate Cuts Should Protect Economy Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 9:43 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve's interest rate cuts are appropriate to restore stability in financial markets and prevent damage to the broader economy, Minneapolis Fed President Gary Stern said on Tuesday.

  • Australia's Central Bank Considered Aggressive Hike Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 10:19 PM ET

    Australia's central bank considered raising interest rates by a more aggressive 50 basis points at its Feb. 5 policy meeting, minutes of the meeting showed on Tuesday, pointing strongly to further hikes ahead.

  • Stocks Up for the Week Despite Holiday Sell-Off Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 5:18 PM ET

    Investors usually cash out ahead of a holiday weekend and, in this jittery environment, they found their reasons to sell today: a slew of bleak economic reports and a profit warning from Best Buy.

  • Recession Worries Spur Sell-Off Ahead of Holiday Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 2:32 PM ET

    Investors usually cash out ahead of a holiday weekend and, in this jittery environment, they found their reasons to sell today: a slew of bleak economic reports and a profit warning from Best Buy.

  • Banks to Set Tone for European Stocks Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 12:05 PM ET

    The fate of European stocks rests with banks next week, as big financial institutions are due to report earnings and investors will remain very nervous about the health of the sector, analysts said on Friday.

  • Data, Best Buy Spook Stocks Ahead of Holiday Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 11:30 AM ET

    Investors usually cash out ahead of a holiday weekend and, in this jittery environment, they found their reasons to sell today: a slew of bleak economic reports and a profit warning from Best Buy.

  • Greenspan Says U.S. 'On The Edge' of Recession Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 10:56 AM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Thursday said the U.S. economy is "clearly on the edge" of a recession.

  • Data, Best Buy Spook Stocks Ahead of Holiday Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 10:54 AM ET

    Investors usually cash out ahead of a holiday weekend and, in this jittery environment, they found their reasons to sell today: a slew of bleak economic reports and a profit warning from Best Buy.

  • I've gotten several emails about my post Big Builders Baffled and the previous post to that, Builders Don't Get Bail Out, So They "Bail" On Congress. The "issue" revolves around whether the National Association of Home Builders' Political Action Committee, BUILD-PAC, has agreed to cease all approvals and disbursements of BUILD-PAC contributions to federal congressional candidates and their PACs.

  • BOJ Keeps Rate Steady as Expected, Fukui Awaited Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 12:37 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan left its policy rate target unchanged at 0.5 percent on Friday as uncertainty persists over the nation's economic outlook despite resilient growth figures for the last quarter of 2007.

  • Breaking Up With Uncle Ben Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 7:30 PM ET

    Cramer's tryst with the Fed chief is over. Here's why.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.

  • Big Builders Baffled Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 5:50 PM ET
    NAHB

    I’m not often shocked on this beat, but I am today. I just got a call from a source at one of the big public home builders regarding my blog yesterday about the National Association of Home Builders cutting off PAC money to members of Congress.

  • No Love for Stocks After Intel, Bernanke News Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 5:07 PM ET

    U.S. stocks fell deeper into the red Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress that economic growth would be "sluggish" at best in the near term.

  • Bernanke's Gloomy Outlook Sparks Valentine's Selloff Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 2:09 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    On Tuesday, we had the Warren Buffett rally. On Valentine's Day, it was the Ben Bernanke selloff.

  • Reader Poll: Another Rate Cut? Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 1:32 PM ET

    Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke Thursday said the outlook for economic growth was sluggish at best...

  • Worries About 'Sluggish' Growth Sink Stocks Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 12:50 PM ET

    U.S. stocks remained in the red Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony in Washington.

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