Interest Rates


  • FDIC Chairperson Bair: "Housing Crisis Has Just Begun" Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 11:46 AM ET

    I know everyone out there, builders and Realtors included, constantly cry that it’s we in the media who are forever sounding unnecessary alarms in the housing market. Well, I don’t know that I can do much better than the Chairperson of the FDIC, Sheila Bair, who is telling a Senate Banking Committee panel today that the mortgage crisis has only just begun.

  • Jobless Claims Top Views as Consumer Spending Slows Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 11:03 AM ET
    Cash Register

    Consumers spent less in December than at any time in the past 15 months while applications for unemployment benefits soared last week, two more signs the economy is weakening.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Hits New High, Sentiment Slumps Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 5:18 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation hit an all-time high in January and economic sentiment plunged to two-year lows, data showed on Thursday, underlining the European Central Bank's monetary policy dilemma.

  • Time to Buy a House? Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 6:49 PM ET

    With rates so low, Cramer just might.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.

  • Liesman: A Remarkably Clear Fed Statement Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:51 PM ET

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  • Fed's Policy Statement Draws Mixed Reviews Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:18 PM ET

    The Fed cut interest rates another half point, but economists are divided about whether its policy statement will successfully manage market expectations.

  • A Friend in the Fed Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:09 PM ET

    Bernanke's got his groove back, says Jeff Macke.

  • Stocks Like Fed Cuts--Rally On Move Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:34 PM ET

    Stocks are rallying in a "got what we wanted" move after the Fed's rate cut. The Fed cut the target Fed furnds rate by a half point to 3 percent. It also cut the discount rate by a half point.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its January 29-30 meeting on interest rate policy.

  • Fed Cuts Rates Half Point; More Reductions Possible Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate another half point, as expected, and sparked a stock market rally by signaling that further rate cuts are possible.

  • Fed Rate Cut: Most Of You Expect Half Point Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    You can feel the tension in the market as it seesaws in a fairly tight band ahead of the Fed's 2:15 p.m. statement. It looks like Market Insider readers are siding with the majority Street view that the Fed will cut a half point. Forty-three percent of our readers see a half point rate cut

  • Fed Expected to Cut Rates Another Half Point, to 3% Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:18 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Fed is expected to lower U.S. interest rates another half-point Wednesday as part of an ongoing  effort to bolster the economy.

  • Fed's Outlook May Matter More Than Any Rate Cut Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:09 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Though there’s been much debate over how much the Fed should cut rates,  the central bank's  statement may be more important to the Fed’s credibility and market expectations.

  • Euro Stocks End Lower Ahead of Fed Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:00 PM ET

    European stocks closed lower across the board Wednesday as bigger-than-expected writedowns from UBS added to the general gloom surrounding the banking sector and did nothing to calm investors’ jitters ahead of an expected interest rate cut in U.S.

  • Fed Rate Cuts: Re-fi's Abound But Where Are Buyers? Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 11:44 AM ET
    Fed Cut and Mortgage

    For several weeks now the survey of loan applications from the Mortgage Bankers Association has been telling the true story of today’s housing market. Lower mortgage interest rates are not in fact pushing people to buy homes; instead, they’re spurring current owners to refinance.

  • U.S. Economic Growth Skids To Five-Year Low Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 10:50 AM ET

    U.S. economic growth skidded to a five-year low of  0.6% in the fourth quarter,  reflecting the toll a slumping housing sector has taken on the national economy.

  • UK Commercial Property: Don't Dive in Yet Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 8:16 AM ET

    The UK commercial property market is beginning to lose its investor appeal as a slowing economy drags on the once buoyant sector, Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist from RICS, told "Squawk Box Europe" Wednesday.

  • Trading the Coming Equity Market Rally Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 5:30 AM ET

    We had a tour de force from the original investment biker Jim Rogers this morning. So what about this market rally?

  • BoE's King Wins Second Term as Head of Central Bank Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    Bank of England Governor Mervyn King won a second term as head of Britain's central bank, the Treasury said on Wednesday, ending months of speculation that he was out of favour because of the run on Northern Rock bank.

  • Waiting On The Fed To Change Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 5:45 PM ET

    It seems likely the Fed will lower rates on Wednesday, but will it cut by a quarter-point or half-point?

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