Interest Rates


  • Consumer Mood, Microsoft Outlook Depress Stocks Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 10:47 AM ET

    Stocks were slightly lower Friday, dragged down by a disappointing outlook from Microsoft and a souring consumer mood. American Express jumped after beating forecasts.

  • Bush: Rebates Should Help Economy Out of Slowdown Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 9:50 AM ET

    President George W. Bush said on Friday that the U.S. economy is in a slowdown but added that tax rebates should help pull activity out of the slump.

  • Is Ben Done Lowerin’? Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 6:19 PM ET

    As the markets prepare for next week’s two-day Fed meeting, it might be time to suspend expectations that another rate cut is really the right answer.

  • Bad to Worse for Builders Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 3:47 PM ET

    Sales of new homes plummeted 8.5 percent in March from the month before, prices made a fall not seen since 1970, dropping 13 percent year over year, and inventories of new homes hit an eleven-month supply. We haven’t seen that kind of pace in 27 years.

  • S&P's Wyss Says US Already in Mild Recession Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 11:54 AM ET

    The United States is in a recession but the downturn is expected to be mild because consumer spending is not expected to fall precipitously, Standard & Poor's said Thursday.

  • German Business Sentiment Falls in April Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 4:28 AM ET

    German corporate sentiment fell more than expected in April as firms' assessment of both current economic conditions and the business outlook deteriorated, a closely watched survey showed on Thursday.

  • New Zealand Central Bank Holds Rates, Softens Tone Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 8:45 PM ET

    New Zealand's central bank kept interest rates steady at 8.25% as expected on Thursday, but softened its stance on an eventual rate cut as the economy slows, sending the currency lower.

  • Bad Sign: California Foreclosures Soar Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 11:39 AM ET

    After reading all the glowing press releases from all the government-created initiatives to save troubled borrowers, and all the successes they’re touting, I was pretty surprised to read the latest data on California foreclosures. I didn’t expect the problem to go away, but I did expect the numbers to ebb ever so slightly. But no...

  • US Recession Seen Probable, but Shallow Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 10:11 AM ET
    Hundred Dollar

    The U.S. economy nearly stalled in the first three months of the year and will shrink between now and June, but any recession should be less severe than the last major downturn in the early 1990s, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.

  • Making Sense of Sales (Maybe) Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 3:11 PM ET
    Home Sales Classified

    The Realtors told a room full of reporters Tuesday that existing home sales are “stable,” because they’re really stuck between 4.9 and 5.1 million units (that’s the seasonally adjusted annual rate). So that has everyone asking if we’re bumping along the bottom. I’m not so sure.

  • When Will Oil Prices Stop Rising? Watch the Dollar Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    Oil prices, which are setting fresh records nearly every day, are likely to keep climbing until the weak US dollar starts recovering and more supplies become available.

  • ECB's Mersch Says Need to Consider Rate Rise: FT Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 12:16 AM ET

    The European Central Bank has to ask itself each month whether a rate rise is needed to control inflation, ECB Governing Council member Yves Mersch was quoted as saying in a newspaper report on Tuesday.

  • Citibank And Freezing HELOCs: A First Hand Account Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 12:51 PM ET

    I've heard a lot anecdotally about home equity lines being frozen for no apparent reason, so when I got this email from Charles in Chicago, I just had to post it. Citibank actually lowered his line of credit to $116 below his current balance.

  • Reader Poll: Stop Cutting Rates To Stabilize Oil? Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 12:43 PM ET

    Record high oil prices have deepened economic pain and even energy producers have begun to fret, but at talks with their customers in Rome they blamed the U.S. dollar and said they could not halt the rally...

  • Economists Even More Gloomy About US Prospects Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 11:07 AM ET

    Business economists are turning pessimistic about the U.S. outlook and increasingly fear economy will slip into a recession in coming months.

  • Speculation Growing Fed May Be Done Cutting Rates Saturday, 19 Apr 2008 | 12:14 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Hawkish rhetoric from Federal Reserve officials and a rebound in the stock market has driven down market expectations for additional Fed rate cuts.

  • ECB Hints at Rate Rise if Inflation Stays High Saturday, 19 Apr 2008 | 11:36 AM ET

    Wage and fiscal policy in the euro zone could buoy inflation and the European Central Bank may need to act on interest rates, ECB policymaker Axel Weber said in a newspaper interview released on Saturday.

  • Dollar's Rebound Tied to Hopes for US Economy Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 3:55 PM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    Signs of renewed confidence in the U.S. financial system could support the dollar next week, provided March's housing reports do not revive chances of a steep interest rate cut.

  • Reader Poll: Should Fed Cut One Last Time? Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 1:26 PM ET

    Hawkish rhetoric from Federal Reserve officials and a rebound in the stock market has driven down market expectations for additional Fed rate cuts...

  • West Palm Beach Housing: A Tale Of "Two" Cities Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 12:43 PM ET
    West Palm Beach

    On TV today I’m telling the story of the city of West Palm Beach’s effort to save troubled borrowers. They’ve pulled together about a million dollars from a fund that was supposed to be for affordable housing as well as some HUD money, and opened a foreclosure assistance center right downtown.