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  • What the Pros Say: All that Glitters is Gold Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 8:30 AM ET

    Markets rebounded on Thursday after the previous day's rocky ride, but where can investors seek refuge?

  • Why the Rate Cuts Didn't Matter Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 7:13 PM ET

    Were you surprised the markets closed down despite worldwide coordination among central banks? Cramer wasn't. Here's why.

  • Market Insider: Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 7:05 PM ET

    Watch for more triple-digit market moves Thursday. Stocks could just as easily be up as down if you look at Wednesday's action. Even after major central banks joined the Fed in an unprecedented global rate cut, stocks ended lower after a volatile 400 point swing in the Dow.

  • Will The Historic Move By Central Banks Work? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 6:19 PM ET

    For the first time in history, central banks around the world including our own Fed slashed interest rates in tandem with one another. But will it work?

  • US Likely to Have Already Entered Recession: Zell Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 5:48 PM ET

    The U.S. is likely to have gone into a recession in the last couple of weeks, said Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Group Investments, on CNBC.

  • Investors Get a Rate Cut, But Wonder What's Next Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    A round of coordinated interest rate cuts failed to calm global stock markets, fueling speculation that governments will have to do even more to tackle the credit crisis.

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    Central banks around the world Wednesday cut interest rates in a coordinated move amid mounting losses on global stock markets...

  • Global Rate Cuts Gave Markets Few Minutes of Joy Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 11:50 AM ET

    Now What? Traders are holding out hope for capitulation. That could come anytime, but it doesn't have to be this week or even next week. The big fear? The snow balling affect of fund redemptions will keep the selling pressure on.

  • What the Pros Say: Will Rate Cuts Work? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:50 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve led a global interest rate cut Wednesday along with the central banks of the UK, European Union, Switzerland, Sweden, and Canada.

  • Farrell: Looking Beyond Symbol Of Rate Cut Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:40 AM ET

    The practical effect is that borrowing costs go down and can be lent at higher rates so the "yield curve" is steeper and that could improve bank profitability. This is another in the string of actions taken by the Fed to improve liquidity.

  • Federal Reserve, Other Central Banks Cut Interest Rates Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:36 AM ET

    Central banks around the world Wednesday cut interest rates amid mounting losses in financial markets, as the credit crunch continued to seize up lending.

  • Bowyer: Bernanke’s Pretend Rate Cut Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 8:52 AM ET
    Jerry Bowyer

    The Fed has not been particularly agile. Today’s rate cut was late and small. Really, the cut was not actually a cut at all. Bernanke had already been pumping enough money into the system to lower the rate at least to 1.5%.

  • What the Pros Say: Is Anywhere Safe? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 8:50 AM ET

    Stock markets around the world continued to tumble. As investors bail out of stocks, where can investors look for more safety?

  • Market Insider: Keep Your Seat Belts On Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 11:44 PM ET

    No buyers showed up on Wall Street this week. It sounds like a simplistic excuse, but traders say they don't see real buyers, and that's why the stock market spirals lower and lower.

  • Dow Closes Below 9,500 as Banks Tank Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 7:44 PM ET

    Stocks plunged in the final minutes of trading as comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke failed to soothe this cranky market.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost about 500 points, or 5 percent, breaching the key 9,500 mark. In the past two days, the blue-chip index has lost nearly 900 points.  Bank stocks led the decline, with the S&P financial-sector index at its lowest point since May 1997.

  • How To Fix Foreclosures Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 3:54 PM ET
    Fixing whats broken

    Now that the Congress passed its big bad bill to save the economy or at least shore up the credit markets, attention is turning back to the crux of the whole problem; that being foreclosures.

  • Dow Drops Below 9,700 as Bernanke Speaks Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 3:03 PM ET

    Stocks declined after a brief uptick as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke seemed unable to soothe this cranky market for more than five minutes.

  • Text: FOMC Minutes Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 2:11 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below are the minutes released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Sept. 16 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • Pros Ands Cons For A Rate Cut Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 1:25 PM ET

    Cries for a rate cuts from central banks across the world are growing, but the arguments against such a move aren't going away.

  • Pop From Fed Move Fizzles, Banks Skid Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 12:51 PM ET

    Stocks rose Tuesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a major step to help support strained commercial-paper markets.