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  • Bernanke's Gloomy Outlook Sparks Valentine's Selloff Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 2:09 PM ET
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    On Tuesday, we had the Warren Buffett rally. On Valentine's Day, it was the Ben Bernanke selloff.

  • Reader Poll: Another Rate Cut? Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 1:32 PM ET
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    Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke Thursday said the outlook for economic growth was sluggish at best...

  • Worries About 'Sluggish' Growth Sink Stocks Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 12:50 PM ET

    U.S. stocks remained in the red Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony in Washington.

  • Stocks Hold Losses After Bernanke Testimony Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    U.S. stocks remained in the red Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony in Washington.

  • Bernanke Says Fed Ready To Cut Interest Rates Again Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 11:06 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed  Chairman Bernanke told Congress the country's economic outlook has deteriorated and signaled that the central bank is ready to keep lowering rates.

  • Read Ben Bernanke's Testimony Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 10:46 AM ET

    The full text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony on the state of the U.S. economy and financial markets delivered before the Senate Banking Committee.

  • Singapore's Economy Shrinks, First Time Since 2003 Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 12:06 AM ET

    Singapore cut its economic growth forecast for 2008 on Thursday after the first quarterly contraction since 2003, citing worries about a U.S. recession, and said inflation would be higher than it thought earlier.

  • Australia Unemployment at New Low, Rings Rate Alarm Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 9:46 PM ET

    Australia's jobless rate surprised by falling to a 33-year low of 4.1 percent in January, adding to concerns the drum-tight labor market was stoking inflation and cementing the case for an urgent rise in interest rates.

  • Japan's Economy Grows Faster-Than-Expected Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 8:32 PM ET

    Japan's economy grew 0.9% in the last quarter of 2007, double the expected rate, but a likely slowdown this year meant analysts still saw the Bank of Japan keeping interest rates on hold in 2008, or possibly cutting them.

  • Will the Fed Chairman Send Wall Street a Valentine? Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 2:46 PM ET
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    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has yet to win the hearts and minds of many on Wall Street. But a stand-out performance during his appearance before Congress on Valentine’s Day may bring him considerably more admirers.

  • Builders Don't Get Bail Out, So They "Bail" On Congress Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 12:37 PM ET
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    Late yesterday afternoon--amid many email releases from National Association of Home Builders, which is holding its annual convention in Orlando--came THIS statement from the NAHB President:

  • S.Korea Holds Rates, Says Risks to Economy Growing Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 9:51 PM ET

    South Korea's central bank on Wednesday held interest rates steady for a sixth straight month as widely expected, but bond futures recouped early losses after the Bank of Korea said inflation would gradually slow.

  • UK Real-Estate Sentiment Sinks Lower in Jan. Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 7:24 PM ET
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    British housing-market sentiment continued to weaken in January, marking six months of pessimism in the sector, a key indicator showed Wednesday, as the number of surveyors reporting falling home prices increased to a level not seen since the recession in 1992.

  • Bernanke Expects Housing Recovery by Year End Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 3:59 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers Tuesday he expects the downtrodden U.S. housing sector to improve by the end of the year.

  • Henry Paulson

    Another day, another press conference from Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to announce another addendum to the “Hope Now” initiative to save troubled borrowers. I have to say I came away from this one scratching my head a bit more than usual.

  • Fed's Poole Predicts US Will Avoid Recession Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    The U.S. appears likely to avoid an economic downturn but the chances of a recession have risen, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President William Poole said Monday.

  • UK Producer Price Inflation Hits 16-Year High Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 3:22 PM ET
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    UK factory gate inflation surged to a 16-year high in January, while input price inflation reached an all time high, official data showed on Monday.

  • Florida Taking Its Toll (Brothers) On Daughter's Condo Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 10:42 AM ET
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    You just can’t make this stuff up. Apparently even a big builder’s daughter can’t seem to keep faith in the Florida housing market. According to an SEC filing, Wendy Topkis, daughter of Toll Brothers co-founder and Vice-Chairman Bruce Toll, is walking away from a Florida condo, just like everyone else. A Toll Bros. condo!! The Palm Beach Post says it best: Et Tu Wendy?

  • Australia's Central Bank Warns of More Rate Rises Sunday, 10 Feb 2008 | 9:00 PM ET
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    Australia's central bank bluntly warned on Monday that it would likely need to raise interest rates again to restrain inflation, even as it trimmed its outlook for economic growth.

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    One year ago today, HSBC announced its first writedown relating to subprime mortgages. So one year later, you have to ask, where are we in the process of saving subprime borrowers? Answer: damned if I know!