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  • Euro Shares Seen Rising in Shortened Session Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 1:29 AM ET

    European stocks were seen edging higher on Monday in a shortened session before the Christmas break, adding to Friday's lofty gains after stronger-than-expected U.S. consumer spending data eased worries over the outlook for the world's biggest economy.

  • Japan's Cabinet Approves New Budget, Spending Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 | 11:57 PM ET

    Japan's cabinet approved an 83.06 trillion yen budget on Monday for the fiscal year from April, featuring an increase in social security spending as the population ages and a modest cut in new debt issuance.

  • Government Faces Mortgage Crisis Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 | 12:58 PM ET

    After a slow and stumbling start, official Washington is scrambling to try to prevent the unfolding mortgage crisis from pushing the country into recession during an election year. There is a strong feeling, though, that the government will need to do more to avert a financial disaster.

  • HUD's Reply to My 'Fuzzy Math' Query Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 1:59 PM ET

    The folks at HUD felt that my blog of yesterday left out some key points, namely, their side of the story, so I am happy to post a reply directly from them.

  • As we spend the end of the year debating the merits of the various plans to save the subprime borrower, I need to add a dose of reality to the Realty Check: On December 6th, when President Bush announced the brand new Paulson Plan to freeze certain subprime mortgages at their “teaser” rates, a little factoid got lost in the shuffle, and the trouble with this factoid is that it’s not exactly a fact.

  • Economy Is Showing More Weakness--And Inflation Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 10:10 AM ET

    The economy is continuing to show further signs of weakness and rising inflation, according to the latest government reports.

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 10:32 PM ET

    Oracle's strong earnings could give some tech names a bounce Thursday though markets are again being haunted by credit worries, and another Wall Street firm is set to report earnings before the bell.

  • Japan November Exports Rise, But US Worries Linger Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 8:40 PM ET

    Japan's exports rose steadily in November from a year earlier but shipments to the United States fell for the third straight month, reinforcing worries that slower U.S. growth will have a broader impact on Japan's economy next year.

  • Two news items that have me scratching my new hair: An apparent drop in foreclosure filings in November and some truly dismal earnings from New Jersey-based home builder Hovnanian. First to the foreclosure report, which comes from RealtyTrac.

  • Cash-Starved Banks Jam The Fed's First Auction Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

    Cash-strapped banks took the Federal Reserve up on its offer of $20 billion in short-term loans to help them overcome credit problems, but the interest rate wasn't as low as some had hoped.

  • BoE Voted 9-0 for Dec. Rate Cut, Mulled Bigger Moves Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 7:20 AM ET

    All nine members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted to cut interest rates by a quarter-point in December and even discussed whether slowing economic growth meant a bigger move might be needed.

  • Japan Cuts Growth Forecast, Sees Recovery in 08/09 Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 6:49 AM ET
    Japanese Flag

    Japan's economy will grow 2.0 percent in the fiscal year starting on April 1, the government said on Wednesday while sharply downgrading its initial forecasts for the current year to reflect tumbling investment in housing.

  • Euro Stocks Set to Open Up on Wall Street Gains Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 1:28 AM ET

    European equity markets are set to start higher on Wednesday, inspired by a rise on Wall Street where technology issues led a rise in the market, while Asian stocks recovered from a five-day losing streak.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 9:48 PM ET

    Stocks staged a mini comeback Tuesday after a day that saw indexes seesaw on both sides of the unchanged line. The market once more fretted over the financial sector and could do the same on Wednesday.

  • Fed Meeting: Why This "Insider" Left A Little Hungry Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 1:49 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    I realize this was a momentous occasion, being allowed to sit in on a meeting of the Federal Reserve board of governors and watch as they considered a proposal critical to the future of the mortgage market. I guess I just expected more. The room is austere, the governors impressive, the staff remarkable, but the meeting was unremarkable.

  • Market Insider/Tuesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 1:33 AM ET

    Housing starts and earnings from Goldman Sachs and Best Buy are among the headlines the stock market will care about ahead of Tuesday's open.

  • Euro Shares Set to Fall on Stagflation Concerns Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 1:21 AM ET

    European stocks were set to edge lower on Tuesday, adding to the previous session's losses as investors fear that rising prices combined with a slump in the U.S. housing market could drag the world's biggest economy into stagflation.

  • Policymaker Questions Fed Language: WSJ Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 11:21 PM ET

    A U.S. Federal Reserve policymaker is questioning the way the Fed describes risks to the economy in its public statements, The Wall Street Journal Online reported on Monday.

  • Paulson: Banks Making Progress on Subprime Debt Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 4:01 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Monday that moves by some big banks to bring off-balance sheet investments tied to subprime mortgages back onto their books would help ward off a widespread credit crunch.

  • First off I want to apologize for my lack of blogging on Friday. I meant to get back to my desk in the early afternoon, but that didn’t happen. You see, when you’re in the TV business, every now and again you get the call from the official network “stylist” who wants to “rework” your hair and makeup and “freshen up” your wardrobe. In other words, the bosses think you need some work.