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  • Financials Drag Euro Stocks Lower Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 11:44 AM ET

    European shares ended slightly lower on Thursday, weighed by financials after the region's top two central banks kept rates on hold as expected and investors saw little to suggest euro zone borrowing costs would fall soon.

  • Greenwich, Connecticut home

    I’m doing a story on jumbo loans today and how their price and availability are affecting the million-dollar home buyers. In the course of my research, I decided to take a look at Greenwich, CT, one of my favorite enclaves of multi, multi-million-dollar homes.

  • ECB Holds Interest Rate at 4 Percent Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 9:30 AM ET
    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    The European Central Bank left its key interest rate unchanged at 4 percent on Thursday, as widely expected, and its president Jean-Claude Trichet warned on inflation pressures.

  • Bank of England Keeps Interest Rate on Hold Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 7:23 AM ET

    The Bank of England kept the interest rate unchanged at 5 percent on Thursday, caught between the threat of rising inflation and increasing evidence of a weakening economy.

  • How Long Can the ECB Stand Pat? Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 2:04 AM ET
    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    The European Central Bank will most likely do on Thursday what it has done every month since the credit crunch started last August: keep rates steady and talk tough on inflation.

  • South Korea Holds Rates as Prices, Economy Worry Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 10:07 PM ET
    Korea, Korean Flag

    South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady for the ninth consecutive month on Thursday, saying Asia's fourth-largest economy was faced with conflicting risks from inflation and economic slowdown.

  • Investment Banks May Have to Disclose Liquidity Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 3:51 PM ET

    The chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said the agency plans to require the top investment banks to publicly disclose their current liquidity and capital positions.

  • A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    Before Democrats could even utter the words, “housing,” “rescue,” “FHA” or “predatory,” President Bush had already let the threat fly: “I will veto the bill that's moving through the House today if it makes it to my desk.” Nuff said, Sir.

  • US Credit Crisis Is Easing, Merrill CEO Thain Says Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 9:55 AM ET

    The U.S. credit crisis is easing and the risk in housing is dramatically lower now, but economic growth will remain under pressure , the CEO of Merrill Lynch said.

  • Poll: Where Will Euro Zone Rates be by Year End? Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 9:32 AM ET

    The European Central Bank is widely expected to keep interest rates on hold at 4 percent  on Thursday, but the opposing pressures of rising inflation and slowing growth could mean the central bank has to act before the year is out.

  • Bank of England in Rate Stalemate Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 9:23 AM ET

    UK interest rates are expected to remain on hold at 5 percent when the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee announces its decision Thursday, as fear of inflation prevents aggressive cuts that could boost Britain’s weakening economy, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • House Set to Pass Housing Rescue Bill Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 6:44 AM ET

    The House is due Wednesday to begin debating a housing rescue package that could see the government buy up $15 billion of abandoned homes and help an estimated half million homeowners facing foreclosure.

  • Paulson Says Markets Emerging From Crunch: WSJ Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 10:10 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said U.S. financial markets are emerging from the credit crunch that many economists believe has pushed the country to the brink of recession, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • Reader Poll: Did Rate Cuts Create A Worse Problem? Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 1:03 PM ET

    The continued rise in U.S. crude oil prices, which hit an all-time high above $122 a barrel on Tuesday, seems almost unending...

  • Big Builder Stocks: Why They're Not Much Of A Buy Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 11:14 AM ET
    New home construction

    I have to say I never really bought the so-called “recovery” in the homebuilder stocks that we saw at the beginning of the year. There was a lot of talk of a “bottom” in the stocks, despite the fact that nobody is ready to call a bottom in the housing market.

  • Fannie Mae Posts Another Loss, to Cut Dividend Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 10:18 AM ET

    Fannie Mae on Tuesday cut its dividend and set plans to raise $6 billion in fresh funds to weather the severe U.S. housing market slump, driving its shares and the broader U.S. stock market lower.

  • Martin Feldstein

    Martin Feldstein, head of  the National Bureau of Economic Research, told CNBC: "the odds are we will slide into a recession."

  • High Foreclosure Rates Hurt Broad Economy: Bernanke Monday, 5 May 2008 | 9:10 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday said conditions in mortgage markets remain strained, posing a threat to the economy, and urged steps be taken to prevent home foreclosure where possible

  • Countrywide: Could It Just Go Under And Go Away? Monday, 5 May 2008 | 3:50 PM ET

    Analysts this morning began raising some red flags over the Bank of America/Countrywide deal, citing deterioration in the mortgage market that could lead BofA to walk away, or at the very least lower its asking price.

  • Banks Stingier With Loans To Consumers, Businesses Monday, 5 May 2008 | 3:13 PM ET

    US banks kept tightening lending standards and terms for both business and consumer loans over the past three months out of concern about a weakening economic outlook.