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  • Bernanke Backs Tax Cuts, Economic Stimulus Plan Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 11:16 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Chairman Bernanke told lawmakers that extending tax cuts put in place during the Bush administration could have a positive long-term effect on the economy.

  • Fed Chief Likely to Remain Stingy With Rate Cuts Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 10:10 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Most analysts say Fed Chairman Bernanke will move cautiously even if the Fed cuts interest rates by half a percentage point at its Jan. 29-30 meeting, as many now expect.

  • Housing Starts Skid, But Jobless Claims Ease Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 10:06 AM ET

    U.S. home building projects started in December fell by 14.2 percent to the lowest pace inmore than 16 years, but jobless claims fell unexpectedly last week.

  • Fed, Gov't Officials Warn of Economic Slowdown Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 9:21 AM ET

    A Federal Reserve official and a state secretary warned Thursday the slowdown in the U.S. economy was quickening, because of weak housing prices, falling stock prices and rising energy costs.

  • Fed's Chairman Appears Open To Stimulus Package Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 6:35 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Bernanke has indicated he is open to congressional and White House efforts to develop a rescue package to avert a recession.

  • Vienna Calling Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 5:41 AM ET

    The Austrian capital is the city where the old EU meets the new EU. Teeming with international organizations, it's also the city that was the first to foray into Eastern European banking and the destination for tasty pastry.

  • Chartology: Flirting With Disaster Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 10:21 PM ET

    The S&P 500 broke down below its February 2007 low in Wednesday’s late day sell-off. Does the market's action signal more pain ahead?

  • Australia's Jobless Rate Falls in December Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 9:18 PM ET

    Employment in Australia recorded another solid rise in December while the jobless rate fell by  more than expected, underlining a domestic case for a rise in interest rates, even as a troubled global outlook argued against one.

  • Housing Crisis: I'm Offering A Glimmer Of Hope Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 5:38 PM ET

    The home builders appear to be stuck, unwilling to say that anything is going to get better any time soon. The National Association of Home Builders puts out a monthly “sentiment” index, and so far it’s been stuck on the very low end for a very long time. They are not anticipating improvement until at least the second half of 2008.

  • Economic Stimulus Plan Gains Traction in Congress Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 3:46 PM ET
    Shopper with bags

    Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House  agreed to develop a bipartisan economic stimulus plan to help avert a possible recession.

  • Bernanke: Stimulus Plan Needed for Economy Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 2:34 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wants Congress to act quickly to pass an economic stimulus package, Sen. Charles Schumer told CNBC.

  • Fed's Beige Book: Economy Continues to Weaken Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 2:06 PM ET

    The U.S. economy continued to grow in the final weeks of the fourth quarter but the paceof activity slackened amid subdued holiday spending and a weak housing sector.

  • Market Insider Look Ahead To Wednesday Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 5:00 PM ET

    Here is just a quick look at what you can expect in Wednesday's markets. Consumer inflation data and earnings news will help set the tone after Tuesday's rocky market. Before the bell earnings are expected from J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo.

  • Trump: Fed Should Cut a Full Point Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 2:23 PM ET

    The Donald told Cramer he's "shocked" rates aren't lower.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Credit Crisis: All In Our Heads Or All Too Real? Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 11:24 AM ET

    Citigroup’s $18.1 billion-dollar writedown has to make you wonder what’s real and what’s fear. What am I talking about? Okay, all these write downs that we’ve been hearing about over the last few quarters are all about the performance of subprime mortgages, or are they?

  • UK Retail Inflation Stays Steady in December Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 4:53 AM ET

    British annual consumer price  inflation held at 2.1 percent as expected in December, above the  Bank of England's target for the third month running, official  data showed on Tuesday.

  • Greenspan Joins Hedge Fund as Advisor Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 3:00 AM ET

    The U.S. economy is probably in a recession or about to slide into it, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

  • China to Cap 2008 Lending at 3.6 Trillion Yuan Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 9:10 PM ET

    China's central bank has set a target of capping new domestic-currency lending in 2008 at last year's level of 3.63 trillion yuan, state media reported on Tuesday.

  • Weak Retail Sales Report Could Signal Recession Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 3:47 PM ET
    Cash Register

    U.S. consumers are tightening their purse strings, and the squeeze may be severe enough to topple the U.S. economy into recession.

  • Stocks Rally on IBM's Bullish Outlook Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 2:55 PM ET

    Stocks closed sharply higher after IBM's improved outlook kicked off a market rally.