Interest Rates


  • The dollar rose near two month-highs against the yen amid investors' expectations a possible rate hike by the Bank of Japan will fail to boost demand for the Japanese currency.

  • Dollar Gives Back Some of Recent Gains Monday, 8 Jan 2007 | 4:36 PM ET

    The dollar fell from six-week peaks against major European currencies on Monday as profit-taking set in following last week's rally on the back of robust U.S. employment data.

  • Analysts: Expect Rate Cuts in '07 Monday, 8 Jan 2007 | 11:52 AM ET

    Despite another intraday high on the Dow on Jan. 3, the markets overall ended last week on the downside. Even declining oil prices aren’t helping stocks get back to record levels today. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera spoke with two analysts on “Morning Call” to find out what’s going on. Owen Fitzpatrick of Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management and Quincy Krosby of The Hartford appeared on the show. Both agree that the market is overconcerned with the Federal Reserve right now.

  • Dollar Rallies for Third Day on Interest-Rate Outlook Saturday, 6 Jan 2007 | 1:59 PM ET

    The dollar rallied for a third day after a surprisingly strong report on jobs growth in December led investors to scale back expectations for a Federal Reserve interest rates cut in the next six months.

  • Analyst: Despite Soaring Employment, Fed Will Cut Friday, 5 Jan 2007 | 4:30 PM ET

    Pimco's Bill Gross is calling for four rate cuts this year with the benchmark 30-year bond going down to 4.25%. But will that really happen in light of today's stronger-than-expected payrolls report? On CNBC’s "Closing Bell," Maria Bartiromo asked the bond maven what he thought.

  • A stronger-than-expected employment report failed to dent expectations the next Fed policy move would be an interest rate cut this year, a Reuters poll of Wall Street economists showed on Friday.

  • CNBC's Schacknow: Why I Love Jobs Report Friday, 5 Jan 2007 | 2:07 PM ET

    Educated Guesses & Wild Stabs: It occurs to me that, as much as I’ve tried to fill this space with amusing anecdotes, I’ve let a dose of negativity creep in recently as I’ve detailed my dislikes of auto sales and presidential news conferences. So today, I’ll reverse that by telling you how much I love the monthly jobs report.

  • Markets Slip on Strong U.S. Jobs Report--Why? Friday, 5 Jan 2007 | 10:08 AM ET

    The Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 are down this morning after a better-than-expected jobs report. That’s right, healthy employment numbers have caused a dip in the market. Traders appear to be more concerned with the Fed these days, and the robust report could mean there's no rate cut in the near future. William O’Neil’s Stephen Porpora can’t understand why everyone is so surprised. He appeared on "Squawk on the Street."

  • Dollar Up Against Major Currencies Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 1:12 PM ET

    The dollar built on Wednesday's gains versus most major currencies this morning, as investors bet that talk of nearer-term interest rate cuts in the U.S.  had been overdone.

  • Fed Minutes Show Inflation Remained A Major Concern Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 4:16 PM ET

    U.S. Federal Reserve officials agreed at their December meeting inflation was the predominant concern, but some felt the "subdued tone" of economic data meant risks to growth had increased, minutes released on Wednesday show.

  • Fed Meeting Minutes: Growth A New Concern Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    The Federal Open Market Committee released the minutes from its Dec. 12 meeting this afternoon. The language sounds about the same as the last Fed check-in, that inflation is still a concern. But the report notes that several members of the FOMC are worried about economic growth. Erin Burnett hosted two top analysts on “Street Signs” to debate the issue – is inflation inevitable?

  • Fed Minutes Take Dollar Lower Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 2:32 PM ET

    The dollar slipped against the euro and yen after minutes of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting on Dec. 12 indicated the central bank sees the downside risks to economic growth have increased.

  • Dollar Starts New Year on a Weak Note Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | 4:15 PM ET

    The dollar declined across the board on Tuesday, while the euro rallied as investors began  the new year hunting currencies with rising yields.

  • REITs: Analysts See Continued Profits in 2007 Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | 1:45 PM ET

    As we've noted before--the U.S. housing market had its up and down in 2006. But when it comes to REITs (real estate investment trusts)--they did incredibly well--up on average of 35% for 2006. As we've been asking the question in other economic areas today--we ask if that kind of return will continue for REITs in 2007? Most say yes. John Wenker is portfolio manager for First American Real Estate and Michael Grupe is Executive VP of Research at NAREIT.

  • Analyst: No Soft Landing For U.S. Economy Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | 12:42 PM ET

    Not everyone is predicting a rosy economic scenario for 2007. There are some who think we could have some hard times this year. One of those is Emanuel Balarie. He's senior market strategist at Wisdom Financial. On "Power Lunch," Balarie says the U.S. housing market is still a concern. In fact, he says that besides housing---recession and inflation are major concerns as well.

  • CNBC'S Domm: Our "Crystal Ball" For 2007 Saturday, 30 Dec 2006 | 7:14 AM ET

    Showing up for the first trading day of the New Year is a little like arriving for the first day of school. Good grades from last year no longer count, and the books are no longer relevant. That feeling is especially strong when the old year rang in some very comfortable double digit gains for stocks, and the path to the next year's profits is not so clear. The first week of 2007 is awash in data, including the Friday jobs report, auto sales, retailers'.....

  • No Stopping The Euro, No Relief For The Dollar Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | 3:36 PM ET

    The euro hit record highs against the yen for a second day Friday, supported by expectations the European Central Bank will keep raising nterest rates, while the dollar weakened in holiday-thinned trading.

  • Dollar Finishes Down But Above Early Lows Thursday, 28 Dec 2006 | 4:41 PM ET

    The dollar slipped Thursday but pared its losses after stronger-than-expected data suggested a far more resilient U.S. economy than a recent run of reports had indicated.

  • Don’t Fear Oil, Housing Prices: Economist Thursday, 28 Dec 2006 | 1:57 PM ET

    In an exclusive cnbc.com interview, Global Insight Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh tells CNBC’s Rebecca Jarvis why he thinks fears of a 2007 recession are “completely off the mark.”

  • Two Views On Market Drivers Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 4:47 PM ET

    Bob Milliken of BB&T Asset Management and Jim Paulsen of Wells Capital Management gave CNBC’s Bob Pisani their predictions for the new year.