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  • Stocks Close Mixed Amid Ambac Rumors Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 4:38 PM ET

    Stocks declined Tuesday, with financials taking a beating after news of more fallout from the subprime mess at Citigroup. Energy stocks also fell as oil prices receded.

  • Building Up Your Portfolio Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 4:15 PM ET

    The homebuilders have been so tortured they might be ready to trade again.

  • Same Store Sales: What To Look For On Thursday Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 1:53 PM ET

    Find me an analyst or an investor who's excited about this week's same store sales results. Literally, the expectations are so low for this first month of the first quarter, that any indication of a rosier March may cause volatility around share prices when the nation's biggest stores report same store sales results for the month of February on this Thursday.

  • Financial Stocks Hit by Citi News; Oil Slides Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 1:34 PM ET

    Stocks declined Tuesday after dismal corporate news about Intel and Citigroup.

  • I have to say I’ve been confused over the last few months. Treasury officials, big lenders like Countrywide, and President Bush keep telling me that everybody is now working together to stop foreclosures, to modify loans, to keep Americans in their homes.

  • Stocks Slide After Intel, Citi News Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 10:32 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed lower Tuesday, with no major data expected and with corporate news adding to investors' gloomy mood.

  • TEXT: Bernanke's Speech Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 9:19 AM ET

    The text of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Reducing Preventable Mortgage Foreclosures given on March 4, 2008 in Orlando, Florida.

  • The Steepening Yield Curve Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 9:09 AM ET

    A year ago, spreads between the long bond and the 2-year note were close to zero.  At the start of February 2007 we were looking at a slightly inverted yield curve, often a predictor of a recession.  Now, a year later, the spread is approaching 300 basis points, hitting 292 on Friday.  We haven't hit spreads that wide since 2004.  Here is a 10 year history of treasury yields...

  • Australia's Central Bank Lifts Rates to 12-Year High Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 11:39 PM ET

    Australia's central bank on Tuesday raised interest rates to a 12-year peak of 7.25 percent as it fought to keep inflation under control, but noted tentative signs the red-hot economy might be cooling.

  • In a series of exclusive live appearances on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning, Warren Buffett told us that by a "common sense definition", the U.S. economy is already in a recession, even if it hasn't met the technical definition of two consecutive quarters of negative growth.  He restated, however, his view that over the long-run the U.S. economy will do fine and that each generation will live better than the one before it.

  • The combined punch of subprime mortgage defaults and heavy debt remains the biggest risk to the health of the U.S. economy, a panel of business economists said Monday.

  • Andrew Cuomo

    As you know, I was out sick all last week, so I have a lot of pent up "bloggage." This morning NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced a deal with Fannie and Freddie and OFHEO to change the way the whole appraisal system works. No question, this is a good thing

  • Fannie And Freddie And Fixing What's Broke Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 11:04 AM ET
    Fixing Whats Broken

    On Saturday morning, when most of us where headed off to soccer or gymnastics or the hardware store, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were officially getting their portfolio caps lifted. Fabulous, right? Exactly what they’d been pushing for, as the government-inspired, if not actually backed, entities are seen as sort-of saviors of the mortgage market.

  • Japan's government may be forced by opposition lawmakers to change its candidate to head the central bank, with former Deputy Governor Yutaka Yamaguchi a possible alternative, local media reported on Sunday.

  • Paulson Slams Mortgage Relief Plans Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 1:45 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    Plans for sweeping federal programs that would aid troubled mortgage borrowers would bring unfair relief to speculators and reward investors who made bad bets, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Thursday.

  • European Stocks to Tread Water, Watch ECB Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 12:28 PM ET

    The European Central Bank’s outlook on interest rates will dominate the European stock markets next week, when trading is likely to drift in light volumes ahead of Thursday’s big announcement, traders told CNBC.com.

  • Today I have the first television interview with Jeff Greene, a Beverly Hills real estate mogul who single-handedly shorted subprime. His $50 million investment is up tenfold, to $500,000,000. He is apparently the first individual investor to do such a trade.

  • Chances of Aggressive Fed Cut in March Jump Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 8:23 AM ET

    The chance of an aggressive 75 basis points cut in the Federal Reserve's benchmark interest rate shot up to 62 percent on Friday, as U.S. equity futures pointed to a lower open and Treasury prices surged.

  • Euro Zone Sentiment Falls, Jan. Inflation Confirmed Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 7:49 AM ET

    Euro zone economic sentiment fell more than expected in February to its lowest in over two years, highlighting risks to growth and boosting the chances of an ECB rate cut, despite a confirmed surge in January inflation.

  • California Suburb Vallejo Faces Bankruptcy Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 11:37 AM ET

    A Bay Area suburb grappling with declining revenue and ballooning employee expenses may become the first city in the state to declare bankruptcy.