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Interest Rates


  • The Fed's Historic Home Run Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 3:14 PM ET

    In the boring world of Fed statements, this one was an eye-opener, indeed potentially historic. It was different in tone AND content from other Fed statements. How different? Traders on the floor looked a bit confused as they tried to parse through a lot of headlines that sounded very different from previous statements.

  • What the Rate Cut Means For Consumers Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    Zero or a quarter of one percent, you won’t see us doing much more than shrugging our shoulders.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 2:25 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Dec. 15-16 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Stocks Advance Amid Hope for Fed Action Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 1:55 PM ET

    Stocks rose Tuesday, even after dismal reports on CPI and housing starts, as investors hope for new direction from the Federal Reserve when the central bank delivers its decision on interest rates today.

  • Fed Heads Into Uncharted Territory With Rate Cuts Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 1:41 PM ET

    With the Fed's key rate dropping closer to zero, the central bank is moving into uncharted territory. Still, Fed Chairman Bernanke has made it clear the Fed isn't running out of ammunition yet.

  • Foreclosures: Are Home Buyers Missing An Opportunity? Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Foreclosed Home

    In Las Vegas, which boasts 30,000 foreclosures in 2008, two out of three home sales are foreclosed properties. In California, foreclosure sales are pushing up total existing home sales like never before.

  • Market Tips: Gold, Dollar Lose their Appeal Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 7:27 AM ET

    Investors were cautious on stocks but sold the dollar Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's rate decision. Experts interviewed by CNBC see safe havens like gold and the greenback losing their appeal.

  • Futures Rise Ahead of Fed Action Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 7:25 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open Tuesday as investors hoped for fresh direction from the Federal Reserve along with another cut in interest rates.

  • Pros Say: Lower Rates Will Unfreeze Liquidity Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 4:29 AM ET

    Trading was cautious Tuesday ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to cut interest rates again as well as hint at future monetary policies to stabilize the economy. CNBC's experts anticipate the Fed will cut rates to 0.5 percent or lower, but their focus has turned to alternative measures the central bank can take to give the economy a boost.

  • As Rates Race to Zero, Printing Presses Gear Up Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 2:18 AM ET

    When the Federal Reserve policymakers decide on interest rates Tuesday, investors will probably look one step beyond their decision, to gauge how much money will the Fed be willing to print once it is out of rate ammunition.

  • Big Day Tuesday: The Fed Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 6:05 PM ET

    The Fed is likely to drop rates again on Tuesday, but does it matter anymore?

  • Stocks Close Lower on Bank, Tech Worries Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 4:25 PM ET
    The New York Stock Exchange, downtown Manhattan.

    Stocks closed lower amid worries about bank earnings and weak consumer spending on tech.

  • Fed May Signal Other Steps Besides Interest-Rate Cut Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 3:44 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve is expected to cut interest rates to close to zero on Tuesday and may point to further unconventional steps to battle a year-old recession.

  • Housing Poised to Recover But Still Needs US Help Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 2:26 PM ET

    The US housing market may be primed for a long-awaited recovery but will still need further help from government rescue measures.

  • Fannie Lets Renters Stay, But Evictions Still Loom Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 1:07 PM ET

    The trouble is that Fannie is inevitably going to have to sell those properties off into the marketplace, such as it is. The renters may get a stay of execution and some notice that eviction will come at some point, but it’s not home sweet home for the duration.

  • One Retired Couple's Plight: We Lost Everything Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 10:35 AM ET

    "We have to sit down and figure what kind of life we have left," says Joan Sinkin, who with her husband, lost their life savings.

  • Futures Hurt by Poor Manufacturing Picture Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 8:49 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures were mixed as contradictory information on a bailout package for troubled automakers were making investors nervous.

  • Market Tips: Dollar Rally Largely Over Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 8:22 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve will again lower interest rates on Tuesday to fight the deepest recession the U.S. has known in years, and may also announce some "unconventional" measures.

  • Why the Fed May Surprise The Markets Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 2:46 AM ET

    Some economists say it's time for Fed Chairman Bernake to just say no to Wall Street and cut interest rates less than the half point that's expected at Tuesday's meeting.

  • Last Real Week Of Year Friday, 12 Dec 2008 | 5:51 PM ET

    Lots going on next week. But what's most likely to move the market?