Interest Rates


  • Apparel Recession? Maybe, Maybe Not Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 11:20 AM ET

    Wall Street is shopping for retail bargains. Even before consumers rang up the weakest Christmas in five years, retail shares were beaten down and plagued by worries of just how slow the American consumer will become in 2008.

  • Chartology - Charting Amid The Storm Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 6:35 PM ET

    After a record week for volatility what lies ahead? Find out from Oppenheimer Chief Market Technician Carter Worth.

  • GSE Loan Limit And A Shift In Fannie Mae's Mission? Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 1:15 PM ET

    There’s a lot of talk today about the new plan to temporarily raise the conforming loan limit from $417,000 to 125 percent of a local market’s median home price to a limit of $730,000. One of the biggest arguments is that by raising the limit, you are shifting away from the original mission of the GSE’s which was to bring affordable housing to low-to middle-income families.

  • Morning Musings from the Lobby Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 6:31 AM ET

    The European Central Bank president thought banks had learned their lesson after Barclays and Iraq is bullish on oil production.

  • Fukui Talks Low Rates Despite Japan Inflation Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 10:16 PM ET

    Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui pledged on Friday to keep monetary conditions loose, reinforcing market expectations that rates will stay low, even as government data showed inflation at its highest in a decade.

  • And What is the ECB Waiting For?!?!?! Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 4:13 PM ET

    Ok, now we've got that emergency rate cut from the Fed AND the full 75 bp the markets wanted...

  • While the Street is somewhat disappointed with the details of the stimulus package (most feel that $300 per person is not going to make a big difference), there is agreement that raising the conforming loan limit for mortgages that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can buy to $625,000 from $417,000 is an important development.

  • Foreclosed Homes: We're Not Getting The Full Picture Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 1:49 PM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    This morning, in response to a question from one of our anchors, I said that the bulk of foreclosed homes are not included in the existing home sales report from the National Association of Realtors because they don’t land on the MLS.

  • Recession? Jobs Report Signals Stronger Economy Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 11:57 AM ET

    Weekly jobless claims for the second week appeared to defy the conclusion that conditions in the labor market are pointing to a recession.

  • Bush Calls for $145 Billion In Tax Relief for Economy Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 11:37 AM ET
    President Bush ocomments on the US Economy from the White House, with Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, right.

    President Bush on Friday called for about $145 billion worth of tax relief and other incentives to stimulate a sagging economy and fend off a possible recession.

  • BoE has 'Room for Manoeuvre' on Rates: UK's Darling Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 7:57 AM ET

    The Bank of England has room to manoeuvre on interest rates but policy appropriate for the U.S. economy may not be suitable here, British finance minister Alistair Darling told parliament said on Thursday.

  • Euro Zone Better off than the US: ECB's Liebscher Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:27 AM ET

    Euro zone growth could come in below 2 percent this year, European Central Bank Governing Council member Klaus Liebscher was quoted as saying on Thursday, but the region is better off than the United States.

  • Hold On Loosely Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 6:26 PM ET

    How can you protect yourself from the bear and benefit from the bull? We asked one of the most influential women in the business, CNBC’s Suze Orman.

  • Financials Seem To Be Above The Trading "Fray" Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 2:18 PM ET

    In the face of a wobbly market, financials for the second day have been moving higher on the Fed's big surprise rate cut and the hope for more. For several weeks now, we've heard pundits of all sorts debating whether the group is hitting bottom, as it airs its dirty laundry this earnings period. Clearly, the shorts fear that view is true because they have been covering positions in a big way.

  • Wall Street Now Betting On Another 3/4 Point Rate Cut Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Forget a half-point cut. Wall Street is now speculating that the Fed will lower rates another three-quarters of a point next week.

  • Europe Slams the Door On Interest-Rate Cuts Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 1:12 PM ET
    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    ECB President Trichet appears to shun an interest rate cut in favor of fighting inflation, contributing to another round of selling in global stock markets.

  • I want to address an issue I mentioned yesterday which generated a lot of reader mail. I wrote: “You can’t do a stated income loan anymore, and you can’t do 100 percent financing.” I was actually quoting a mortgage expert I had spoken with earlier who was trying to make the point that despite the Fed rate cut, lending standards today are far tighter than they were just six months ago.

  • Congressional Budget Office Doesn't Foresee Recession Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 10:41 AM ET
    Hundred Dollar

    The slowing economy will not sink into an election-year recession and an economic rebound is likely beginning next year, the CBO forecast Wednesday.

  • US Economy Casts A Long, Dark Shadow Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 10:17 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    There was a time when many thought Europe and the rest of the global economy might finally be able to withstand a downturn in the US. So much for wishful thinking. The spectre of a recession on top of a malignant credit crunch is the talk of the town.

  • Fed Cut 'Well Measured Move' to Avert Recession: Snow Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 9:55 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve's decision to slash interest rates by 75  basis points on Tuesday was a bold, well measured move to avoid a sharp slowdown in the U.S. economy, John Snow, former U.S. Treasury Secretary & chairman of Cerberus Capital, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe."