Interest Rates


  • Is Wall Street Worried About Small Caps? Yes And No Friday, 30 Mar 2007 | 9:03 AM ET

    Small caps have outperformed their larger counterparts for several years now: the S&P SmallCap Index returned 45% in the last three years -- that’s almost double the S&P 500’s 26% gain. Will the run last through 2007?

  • S&P Ratings Chief Sees Credit Crunch Ahead Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | 2:59 PM ET

    Defaults aren't relegated to subprime mortgage lenders and borrowers: Nick Riccio of Standard & Poor's cautioned that many overleveraged U.S. corporations may be vulnerable to a credit crunch.

  • Testimony of Chairman Ben S. Bernanke Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | 10:53 AM ET

    A transcript, released by the Federal Reserve, of Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's testimony before the Joint Economic Committee in Washington on March 28, 2007.

  • Recession Not Inevitable, Housing Woes Or Not Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 1:44 PM ET

    Susan Wachter, a professor of real estate and finance at the Wharton Business School, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that the current housing slump won’t necessarily drag the economy into recession. “It certainly heightens the possibility of a recession,” Wachter said Tuesday. “I don’t see that it makes it inevitable by any means.”

  • Coldwell Banker CEO: Now Is Best Time to Buy a House Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 12:13 PM ET

    The top executive at Coldwell Banker said this is the best time in ten years to buy a house  because interest rates remain low, inventory is high and prices have stabilized.“It’s still a buyer’s market,” Jim Gillespie told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “This is absolutely the best time to buy.”

  • Analysts Agree: Market Selloff Spells Opportunity Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | 2:45 PM ET

    When is a debate not a debate? When the two sides essentially agree -- as did WealthTrust-Arizona's Heath Bray and Putnam New Value Fund's David King when they discussed the economy, the government and the Federal Reserve with CNBC's Bill Griffeth.

  • Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he expects tightening mortgage standards to hit the housing market this spring.

  • This Week On Wall Street Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 4:45 PM ET

    Here's a video roundup of what our top market watchers have to say about  this week's action and where the stock market goes from here.

  • This Week On Wall Street Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 4:09 PM ET

    Here's a video roundup of what our top market watchers have to say about  this week's action and where the stock market goes from here.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 22 Mar 2007 | 8:48 AM ET

    The Fed's statement sparked a big Wall Street rally yesterday that sent investors on a shopping spree in world equities markets.

  • The Next Mortgage Mess Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 11:33 AM ET

    If the subprime default mess weren't enough, get ready for the sequel in the Alt-A market. Pundits say so-called “no-doc” or “liar loans -- popular among housing bubble speculators -- will bring another spate of defaults.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 8:33 AM ET

    The stock market has an appointment with the Fed today and Wall Street is largely non-committal ahead of the open. But some healthy earnings reports are adding positive sentiment.

  • U.S. Home Loan Demand Drops for 1st Time in 4 weeks Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 7:13 AM ET

    U.S. mortgage applications fell last week for the first time in four weeks, reflecting a drop in demand for home refinancing even as interest rates hovered near recent lows, an industry trade group said on Wednesday.

  • BoE Voted 8-1 For Flat Rate, Blanchflower Wanted Cut Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 7:10 AM ET

    The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee unexpectedly voted 8-1 to keep interest rates at 5.25% in March, with David Blanchflower wanting an immediate 25 basis point cut, minutes showed on Wednesday.

  • Fed Cut to Help Housing Market? Don't Bet On It Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 2:31 PM ET
    Real estate signs posted at a housing complex in Walnut Creek, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006. Home sales kept falling in July in Northern California along with the appreciation rate of prices, a real estate research firm reported Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    Susan Wachter, a professor of real estate and finance at the Wharton Business School, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that the Federal Reserve won’t cut rates to help the troubled housing market.

  • David Jones, chief executive officer of DMJ Advisors and a former economist at the Federal Reserve, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that he expects the Fed to maintain interest rates at current levels until inflation is under control.

  • Don't Look for Rate Cut Until 2008 -- At the Earliest Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 12:13 PM ET

    Richard DeKaser, chief economist at National City, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that he doesn’t expect the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates until 2008 at the earliest.

  • Financial markets expect the Federal Reserve to hold benchmark interest rates steady Wednesday as the central bank gauges the impact of recent market turmoil and subprime mortgage woes while prices remain stubbornly high despite a softening economy.

  • The economy should be able to handle the subprime mortgage meltdown, but the pain will continue into the next decade, CNBC’s Steve Liesman reported Monday.

  • Peter Andersen, portfolio manager for Dreman Value Management, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that he believes concerns about fallout from the subprime mortgage sector are overdone.