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  • Investor's Survival Guide -- Video Roundup Sunday, 19 Aug 2007 | 5:29 PM ET

    Given the dramatic volatility of recent weeks, CNBC has put together a survival guide for investors. Here's a sampling of what our experts had to say during the week.

  • The Fed Blinks Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 7:33 PM ET

    Cramer was right: In order to save the market from a devastating credit crunch, Bernanke and company had to cut the discount rate. Today, that is what happened.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.

  • McCain to CNBC: 'I'd Fight Against Any Tax Increase' Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 6:08 PM ET

    Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined CNBC's Larry Kudlow on "Kudlow & Co." to discuss the economic strategy he would pursue if he were elected America's commander-in-chief in 2008.

  • An extraordinary number of rumors are floating around this afternoon...this time about additional actions the Fed may take late today or over the weekend.

  • Dollar Falls after Fed Acts on Credit Turmoil Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 3:05 PM ET

    The dollar fell broadly Friday after the Federal Reserve slashed the interest rate it charges on loans to banks, and said economic growth could slow in light of tightening credit markets.

  • Wall Street Pros Say Fed Did Right Thing Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 2:27 PM ET

    By an overwhelming 96% majority, the Wall Street money managers, investment strategists and economists responding to a CNBC Trillion Dollar Snap Survey today, say the Federal Reserve "did the right thing" when it lowered the discount rate this morning. 

  • Fed Discount Rate Surprise: Video Roundup Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 1:56 PM ET

    On Friday, the Federal Reserve announced that it had approved a 50 basis-point cut in the discount rate it charges for loans made directly to banks, via its regional Federal Reserve lenders . Was the discount-rate cut merely in reaction to a temporary credit crunch -- or a sobering signal that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke perceives deeper troubles in the U.S. financial sector? CNBC's Market Task Force and expert guests took on the question -- and offered survival advice to investors.

  • Real Estate:  Opportunity Knocks Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 1:48 PM ET

    From commodities and construction materials to interest rates and mortgage lenders, the state of real estate is at the forefront of most business and financial debates. But some say opportunities still exist -- if you know where to look. CNBC's crack team of reporters dug into the real estate market from every angle. Here is a sampling of what they found.

  • Real Estate This Week: Mortgage Mayhem Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 1:45 PM ET

    Mayhem continued to roil the mortgage market this week, as the subprime problem seemed to permeate the lending landscape. The Federal Reserve added money to the banking system again to prevent any full-blown credit crunch, but there were casualties big and small just the same

  • Australia's central bank said on Friday it had intervened in foreign exchange markets overnight in an effort to restore some liquidity to the market for the Australian dollar.

  • Pisani's Trader Talk: Taking Lessons from Former Crises Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 5:25 PM ET
    Bob Pisani on the floor of the NYSE.

    Keep an eye on big commercial banks like Citi, JP Morgan and Bank of America: They have extensive retail banking operations and are far more diversified and better at laying off risk (often to foreign banks) than the investment banks

  • First Magnus -- Could Countrywide Really Go Under? Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 4:24 PM ET

    A few hours after that sad alert went up on First Magnus Financial's home page, I received a note from a mortgage broker crony of mine. He forwarded me a note from a local First Magnus contact of his.

  • Yen Rallies Across Board as Investors Exit Carry Trades Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 3:52 PM ET

    The yen had its biggest one-day gain versus the dollar in almost nine years Thursday, as investors unwound risky trades financed with borrowed yen, on fears of a global funding crisis. The yen soared against all major currencies and hit its strongest level since November against the euro.

  • Real Estate Valuation Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 12:32 PM ET

    A friend sent this in... not sure where it came from, but oh how true!!

  • Can You See Where This One Ends? Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 8:34 AM ET

    We had a great discussion on "Squawk Box Europe" this morning about clarity of vision -- as in do we now have a good understanding of the depth of this credit event?

  • Fed's Poole Says No Need for Emergency U.S. Rate Cut Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 7:53 AM ET

    St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President William Poole said on Wednesday financial market turmoil had not undermined the U.S. economy and there was no need for the central bank to ride to the rescue with an emergency rate cut.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 7:40 AM ET

    A bruising selloff in world stock markets is about to extract more pain on Wall Street, where stock index futures are pointing to a sharply lower opening.

  • Bob Pisani on the floor of the NYSE.

    So we are finally approaching the mythical "correction" phase: the S&P 500 is 9.5% off its historic high of July 19, close to the 10% that is considered a "correction."

  • Why High Prices? Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 2:13 PM ET

    I'll admit it; I don't get it. The National Association of Realtors reports that prices in the nation's housing markets are rebounding. They're still in the negative, down 1.5% nationwide in Q2 2007 from a year ago, but apparently fewer markets are in the negative than in the two quarters before. The NAR's economists call it "flat." Not to mention that they show sales are down 10.8% in Q2 2007 from a year ago.

  • Dollar Rises Against Euro as Yen Rallies Broadly Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 1:25 PM ET

    The dollar rose against the euro, and the yen rallied on Wednesday after investors cut exposure to carry trades as losses in the U.S. subprime mortgage market widened.