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  • Euro Stocks End Lower After Rate Decisions Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 1:28 PM ET

    European stocks fell sharply lower Thursday to close at their lowest level in two weeks after the European Central Bank held interest rates at 4.0 percent and the Bank of England cut by another quarter point to 5.25 percent.

  • Tech Stocks Skid; Retailers Jump Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 12:30 PM ET

    U.S. stocks wavered  Thursday as reports on January retail sales and jobless claims stirred recessionary fears.   Tech stocks were under pressure after Cisco said consumers have become increasingly cautious. Retailers jumped.

  • ECB Holds Rate, Trichet Warns on Inflation, Growth Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 12:05 PM ET

    The European Central Bank kept its main rate on hold at 4 percent as expected on Thursday, despite mounting pressure for an easing in monetary policy to help avert a global recession.

  • U.S. Economy Is Showing More Signs Of Weakening Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 11:37 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    The U.S. economy showed further signs of slowing, particularly with Thursday's report that the jobless ranks continued to swell last week

  • Stocks Waver; Cisco Tumbles Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 10:54 AM ET

    U.S. stocks wavered  Thursday as reports on January retail sales and jobless claims stirred recessionary fears. Tech stocks were under pressure after Cisco said consumers have become increasingly cautious both in the U.S. and Europe.

  • Job Market Weakens More, Fueling Recession Fears Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 10:45 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    Jobless claims fell by 22,000 last week, but the number of workers remaining on jobless aid rose to its highest in more than two years.

  • ECB vs. Fed Funds Rates Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 9:39 AM ET

    The ECB decided to hold its main rate at 4% today, while the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England have been cutting rates.  See how the rates compare for the past 10 years...

  • Bank of England Cuts Rate to 5.25% Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 7:42 AM ET

    The Bank of England cut its main interest rate by a quarter point to 5.25 percent on Thursday, as widely expected, amid worries about a slowdown in the economy.

  • In a Toronto appearance late this afternoon, Warren Buffett said interest rate cuts by central bankers have made money more available and even inexpensive. Buffett also repeated his concerns about the U.S. dollar due to the nation's high current account deficit and echoed his long-term optimism about the health of the U.S. economy.

  • UK Rates Expected to Come Down Gradually Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 7:53 PM ET

    The Bank of England is widely expected to cut interest rates by 25 basis points Thursday, for the second time in three months, in a delicate balancing act between offsetting the impacts of a slowing economy and fending off inflation.  

  • Fed's Plosser Says Inflation Remains Big Worry Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:55 PM ET
    Charles Plosser

    The Fed must remain vigilant against rising inflation pressure this year even as the U.S. economy slows sharply, Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser said.

  • Productivity Rises 1.8%, Topping Estimates Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:20 PM ET

    U.S. productivity in the fourth quarter rose at a stronger-than-expected pace as the biggest cutback in working hours in nearly five years helped restrain growth in labor costs, a U.S. Labor Department report showed on Wednesday.

  • Builder CEOs Talk: Too Bad It's Nothing We Don't Know Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 11:51 AM ET

    I don’t often get to chat with the CEOs of the big public builders anymore. Most of them can’t stand me because they think I’m to blame for the downfall of the housing market (What? Is my middle name Mozilo or something???).

  • Will Rate Decisions Offer Buying Opportunities? Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 11:24 AM ET

    A softer stance on inflation by the European Central Bank and more rate cuts from the Bank of England would boost European stocks. Investors could cautiously start to buy shares.

  • Facing Pressure to Cut, ECB Will Likely Hold Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 11:13 AM ET

    The European Central Bank is likely to keep its title as the last inflation hawk standing at its rate-setting meeting Thursday, but as fears of a global economic slowdown grow, calls for easing will only increase.

  • Fed's Lacker Says 'Mild Recession' Possible Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 1:05 PM ET

    The most likely path for the US economy is sluggish growth for at least half a year before a gradual recovery begins, Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker said.

  • Tighter Lending Standards "Hurt" Those Needing Help Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 11:43 AM ET

    I’ve saying it on TV ‘til I’m blue in the face, and now I’ve got the numbers on paper. The Federal Reserve’s January Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, finds the following: - 55 percent of domestic respondents said they had tightened their lending standards on prime mortgages; that’s up from 40 percent in the October survey.

  • Fitch Says Will Toughen the Way it Rates CDOs Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 11:22 AM ET

    Fitch Ratings announced plans to toughen the way it rates $220 billion worth of corporate collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) following criticism that debt ratings played a role in creating the credit crisis.

  • Credit Crisis, Not Recession May Be Fed's Big Worry Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 9:58 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    If the health of the economy is so murky, why has the Federal Reserve been so aggressive in cutting interest rates?

  • Euro Zone Services, Sales Data Stoke Recession Fears Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 7:04 AM ET

    Euro zone service sector growth slowed sharply in January from an already weak estimate and retail sales fell in the key Christmas period, according to data on Tuesday that stoked fears of a recession.