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  • Rate Cut Hopes Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 6:21 PM ET

    Traders believe it’s all but certain the Fed will cut rates for the second time this month. The big question is, just how low will the Fed go?

  • Stocks Jump 11% Amid Bargain-Hunting Spree Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 5:18 PM ET
    Dow Jones Index Chart

    Wall Street went on a bargain-hunting bonanza, with a frenzy of activity in the final hour of trading, sending shares up 10 percent.

  • Dow Surges Nearly 700 Points In Late Rally Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 3:47 PM ET

    Investors went on a late-day buying spree, scooping up shares of beaten down stocks and sending the major indexes soaring 7-8 percent.

  • Stop Trading!: Extending This Rally Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 3:40 PM ET

    What will it take? Plus, Cramer makes the call on Raymond James, Stifel, Wells Fargo, NYSE Euronext and more.

  • Home Vacancy Rates Rise Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 2:33 PM ET
    Foreclosed Home

    A little known quarterly report from the Census bureau came out today.  It measures the homeowner vacancy rate in this country, which you would think might have skyrocketed in the last year given all the talk of foreclosures.  Well it’s up, but not by all that much, so I called over to the Census to find out what gives.

  • Stocks Zig-Zag as Confidence Plunges Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 12:57 PM ET

    Volatility reigned again on Wall Street Tuesday as jittery investors had a hard time committing to the morning's early rally -- or to the subsequent paring of gains.

  • Stocks Pare Gains as Confidence Plunges Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 10:10 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Tuesday after Monday's late selloff as international markets bounced back amid expectations of a U.S. rate cut.

  • Futures Take Strength from Global Gains Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 8:15 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a substantial gain at the open Tuesday, following Monday's late selloff, as international markets rebounded and investors pondered the effect of an upcoming expected interest-rate cut.

  • Laddering CDs to Increase Your Returns Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | 9:23 PM ET

    How this approach could pay off for your investments.

  • Yes, New Home Sales Rise, But Watch Out For The Spin Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | 3:09 PM ET

    Every time a new report is issued in the housing market these days, I get at least a dozen interpretations in my In box within a matter of minutes.

  • Nervous Investors Awaiting Two Big Events Next Week Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    Next week is expected to mark the start of the US economy’s entry into recession and the end of the Fed’s conventional monetary policy.

  • Existing Home Sales—Don't Trust The 'Bounce' Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | 1:13 PM ET

    I won’t deny today’s existing home sales numbers from the National Association of Realtors were a bright spot in an otherwise, dare I say, ridiculous economy, but I also won’t deny the fact that these numbers are likely unsustainable.

  • Crescenzi: Fed Help Coming For Commercial Paper Market Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | 4:52 PM ET
    Tony Crescenzi

    For a sixth week, the total amount of commercial paper outstanding plunged, falling $61.5 billion to $1.449 trillion in the week ended Wednesday. Three weeks ago, the commercial paper market contracted a record $94.9 billion. Cumulative declines for the six weeks total about $365 billion.

  • How to Stop Foreclosures--Try A Little TV! Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | 12:29 PM ET
    Foreclosed Home

    So I was going to write more today about foreclosures, given that we’ve got more numbers showing just how much worse things are getting, but then I got an email that I just had to share, well, a string of emails.

  • Greenspan, Others Face Grilling Over Financial Crisis Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | 4:30 AM ET
    On his last day as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Alan Greenspan smiles as he presides over his final Federal Open Market Committee meeting at the the Fed's headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. He is speaking to Deborah J. Danker, at left, special assistant to the board, with Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr., at right. Greenspan has held the post for more than 18 years and is widely viewed as the most successful chairman in the Fed's 92-year h

    Lawmakers have called key players from the past and present to congressional hearings in an effort to find out what caused the biggest financial crisis since the 1930s and determine how the government plans to get the nation out of the mess.

  • Housing Forecasts Too Cloudy...Even To Forecast Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 | 2:37 PM ET

    I've spent much of my week at conferences. First at the Mortgage Bankers Association and today at the National Association of Home Builders Construction Forecast Conference. I'm struck with the similarities: first that attendance appears to be pretty low at both.

  • If Recession Is Now Here, Just How Bad Can It Get? Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 | 1:46 PM ET

    The big debate now is how deep and how long the recession will be. The short answer is bad enough and probably the worst in 25 years.

  • Layoffs Keep Growing: Merck, Yahoo Slash Jobs Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 | 11:39 AM ET

    The cruel earnings season for the American worker intensified Wednesday as more companies announced layoffs.

  • Recession Will Last At Least Two Years: Roubini Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 | 11:09 AM ET

    The US economy is entering a two-year recession that will be longer and deeper than previously feared, said Nouriel Roubini, a well-known economist and professor at New York University.

  • Web Extra: Is Now the Time to Refinance? Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | 9:27 PM ET

    Watch the exclusive video to see what Carmen has to say.