Interest Rates


  • Investment Bank Woes Worry Traders Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 12:54 PM ET

    The health of Wall Street's investment banks and the possibility that they are holding hidden financial bomb shells has been one of the biggest worries on the minds of traders. In fact, today is a kind of witching day for Wall Street as the firms shut their books on what has been an eventful quarter.

  • European stocks closed in the green on Friday after the two top U.S. economic policymakers said it was not up to the government to rescue bad investments but acknowledged they would intervene to prevent a spillover of the U.S. credit market crisis into the broader economy.

  • Core Inflation in Check, but Consumers Became Wary Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 11:35 AM ET

    Economic data released Friday showed inflation under control in July while U.S. factories were busier than forecast, portraying a resilient economy in little need of an interest rate cut.

  • What Bush's Plan Means for Homeowners Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 11:34 AM ET

    President Bush outlined reforms to help struggling subprime mortgage borrowers. This is the president's first formal response to the subprime housing crisis since the problem began snowballing this past February.

  • Inflation Remains Moderate in July Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 9:14 AM ET

    Core U.S. consumer prices rose by a less-than-expected 0.1 percent in July, showing stable prices that held the year-on-year rate of nonfood, nonenergy inflation to 1.9 percent for the second month in a row, the Commerce Department said Friday.

  • Inflation Figures Help Rate Cutters Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 8:53 AM ET

    Inflation numbers are good for those who want a rate cut. The PCE deflator shows moderating inflation. U.S. futures--as well as European bourses--are also rallying because of President Bush's proposal to help homeowners who cannot pay their mortgages.

  • Australian Shoppers Spend Freely, Fueling Growth Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 12:26 AM ET

    Australian consumers spent freely for a second straight month in July as strong employment, high consumer confidence and generous tax cuts combined to get the third quarter off to a brisk start.

  • Australia's central bank on Friday provided the banking system with less money than its estimated need, as it struggled to ease upward pressure on some market interest rates.

  • Video Roundup: The Latest from Jackson Hole Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 6:46 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is poised to make what may be his most important speech to date on Friday, when he addresses the annual monetary policy symposium at Jackson Hole, Wyo.  CNBC's senior economics reporter Steve Liesman is stationed at Jackson Hole, offering the latest developments as they happen.

  • Bernanke Is Under Pressure To Signal Rate Cut Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 6:28 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is under intense pressure to signal a rate cut when he takes center stage Friday at a gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Stocks Close Mostly Lower Ahead of Bernanke Speech Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 6:27 PM ET

    Stocks closed mostly lower after a day of choppy trading as investors worried whether Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would signal a possible interest rate cut during a speech Friday morning. Volume was very light but without extreme volatility," said Scott Fullman, director of investment strategy, for IA Englander.

  • Market Trading: A Very Active Day Ahead? Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 4:31 PM ET

    There's a calmer tone on Wall Street for now, but traders doubt it will stay that way. Stock futures are higher and had been gradually improving ahead of the opening. RWH Financial's Bob Iaccino said on "Squawk Box" that some of that move has more to do with trader hesitancy about today and short covering.

  • Countrywide's Memo And A Broker's Outrage Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 3:14 PM ET

    A mortgage broker writes into the Realty Check mailbox, quite enraged about a memo she received from Countrywide. I called the nation's largest lender to get the document verified. Officials there say it is real, although part of an even larger document. I've asked for a response from Countrywide, and I will post it should I get it.

  • Economy Surged 4% Before Credit Crunch Hit Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 1:23 PM ET

    Strong business investment and higher exports drove the U.S. economy ahead at a robust 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter before turmoil in credit markets struck that is expected to brake growth ahead.

  • Market Craziness: What's Going On? Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 11:57 AM ET

    The reason we are getting these CRAZY swings in the stock market is because traders are confused about the direction of the economy. Specifically, they are uncertain about the impact of the credit crunch on consumers and corporations.

  • Why Commercial Paper Matters This Time Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 9:05 AM ET

    Tomorrow is the end of the month, significant for several reasons, including: 1) end of the quarter for a number of brokerages, including Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers, and 2) a large amount of asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) will be rolling over.

  • Fed Not Rushing to Rescue Investors with Rate Cut: WSJ Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 4:21 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve is not rushing to cut benchmark interest rates because it wants to break investors of the view that the central bank is there to bail them out, an article in the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday.

  • BOJ Hawk Mizuno Says Fed Cut Would Change Debate Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 1:04 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan policy board's lone advocate of a rate hike said on Thursday a cut in U.S. rates would change the basis of discussion, as central banks wonder how gyrating markets will affect the world economy.

  • As Recession Fears Mount, So Do Calls for Rate Cut Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 5:12 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    CEOs, politicians and economists are bringing up the "R" word these days. And nearly all of them have a simple solution: the Fed should cut interest rates--and soon.

  • Bernanke's Letter Sparks Dow Rally? Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 4:38 PM ET

    Yesterday, the Dow DROPPED about 250 points as the Fed minutes from its August 7th meeting lent very little support to the idea that the Fed would cut rates at its September 18th meeting. Today, the Dow RALLIED about 250 points as a letter from Ben Bernanke to Sen. Charles Schumer contained unmistakably tones that the Fed was on top of things.