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  • 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?

  • Fed Chairman May Be Too Worried About Wall Street Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 3:31 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Critics of  many stripes think Bernanke is doing a poor job, whether it is lowering interest  rates for the wrong reasons or keeping them too high for too long.

  • Stocks Close Higher on Fed, Stimulus Plan Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 3:12 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher in another jittery session, helped by expectations of another Fed rate cut and an economic stimulus package from the federal government.

  • Home Ownership Fading And So Is American Dream Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 12:03 PM ET

    It’s not like you couldn’t have predicted this, but the home ownership rate in the U.S. fell in the fourth quarter of 2007 to its lowest level since the beginning of 2002--this from a record high in the middle of 2004.

  • Borrowing Costs Expected to Decline Further Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 11:56 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    U.S. individuals and businesses are likely to see their borrowing costs drop further as the Federal Reserve weighs another interest-rate reduction to bolster a sagging economy.

  • Markets Past Reactions to Fed Easing Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    Most investors are expecting another cut to the Fed Funds Target when the Federal Open Market Committee meets tomorrow.  The debate has been whether it will be a cut of 25 or 50 bps.  Here are some recent trends and facts on the Fed and the Fed Funds rate as well as a look at how the market performed the last time the Fed went into an extended phase of easing:

  • Fed Rate Cut: How Much Do You Think It Will Be? Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 10:32 AM ET

    The surprising jump in December durable goods orders is reshaping the debate in some corners of Wall Street on whether the Fed will cuts its target Fed funds rate by a quarter or a half point tomorrow.

  • Street to Fed: 50 Point Cut Or "Bust" Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 9:13 AM ET

    The Street wants a 50 bp cut from the Fed on Wednesday; it's widely believed that a 25 bp cut would be a real disappointment. The other hope for bulls is that nonfarm payrolls surprises on the upside this Friday.

  • Cramer's Retail Stocks Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 6:55 PM ET

    The Phillips-Van Heusen CEO explains why his company should make the cut. Plus, Jim's favorite names in the sector.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.

  • Stocks to Nibble At While Waiting for Market Bottom Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    Recession. Bear market. Credit crunch. Is it better to stay out of the stock market or use the recent selloff as a buying opportunity?

  • Stop Trading!: Don't Stop Now, Uncle Ben Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 3:21 PM ET

    We're still too close to the precipice for the Fed to stop easing, Cramer says.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.