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  • Cramer: Fed Doesn't Get It Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 4:00 PM ET

    A quarter-point cut wasn't enough, he says. So what happens now?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.

  • Bonds Rally on Falling Stocks After Fed Trims Rates Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:51 PM ET

    U.S. Treasurys surged Tuesday, fueled largely by a sell off in stocks after the Federal Reserve cut benchmark lending rates by a quarter percentage point, disappointing equity investors who had hoped for a larger move.

  • The FOMC's Statement Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

    The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 25 basis points to 4-1/4 percent.

  • Fed Rate Cut: Will It Affect Your Mortgage, Or Not? Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:26 PM ET

    As we all eagerly await the Fed decision at 2 pm today, I want to just clarify what exactly a rate cut will and will not affect. It’s pretty well accepted now that the Fed will lower its key short-term interest rate (“the Fed Funds rate”) by probably a quarter point, maybe a half, but that’s the outside bet. So what exactly does that do to residential mortgage rates?

  • Markets Hope Fed Will Cut Rates by Half a Point Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 12:43 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Financial markets expect the Fed to trim interest rates a quarter point this afternoon, but many investors are hoping for a half-point cut.

  • Fed: 25 Points Might Not "Cut It" With Markets Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 12:03 PM ET

    A quarter-point cut in the Fed Funds rate may not be enough for the markets. Admittedly, much will depend on the wording, and aggressive commentary that the Fed will cut as needed to deal with the credit crisis will no doubt help. But those calling for more aggressive action clearly have seized some of the rhetorical high ground.

  • Global Economy May Have Tough Year in 2008 Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 11:14 AM ET

    The U.S. economy is in the danger zone and one good shock could send it into recession next year, according to Global Insights, which released its top 10 predictions for 2008 Tuesday.The Boston-based forecasting company said GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2007 and first half of 2008 is expected to be very weak, and will make the United States extremely vulnerable.

  • Small Business Optimism Falls to 1993 Low Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 9:51 AM ET

    Small business confidence in the U.S. economy tumbled for the second straight month in November because of worries that economic growth will slow, a survey released on Tuesday showed.

  • What the Fed Is Facing at Tuesday's Policy Meeting Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 9:33 AM 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)

    Wall Street widely expects the Fed to cut interest rates Tuesday. Here are some of the factors policymakers will be considering

  • World Jobs Outlook Good Despite US Dip: Poll Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 4:24 AM ET

    The global hiring outlook for the first quarter of 2008 remains healthy despite a slightly softer jobs forecast for the United States, a quarterly survey by Manpower Inc, one of the world's largest employment services companies, showed Tuesday.

  • China's Consumer Inflation Blazes to 11-Year High Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 12:51 AM ET
    China's National Flag

    China's factory gate prices jumped 4.6 percent in the year to November, overshooting forecasts by a wide margin and fueling concern that inflation could pose a stiffer challenge than many anticipated.

  • Weak Dollar, High Oil Have U.S. Over A Barrel Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 12:31 AM ET

    The two negative market trends are feeding on each other and creating double trouble for US consumers and the economy.

  • Bonds Move Lower on Pending Homes Sales, MBIA Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 3:00 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury debt prices eased Monday after a surprise increase in pending home sales and news that a troubled bond insurer raised new capital removed some of the recent flight-to-safety bid.

  • Realtors: Home Sweet Home Sales? Maybe, Maybe Not Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 12:29 PM ET

    I’m not saying that the Realtors are living in la-la land. They have a job to do. They have to sell houses for a living, and therefore it is in their best interests to put the most positive spin they can on the data they offer. I do, unlike some, believe their data, and I don’t think they futz with the numbers to their advantage.

  • Game Plan: What Will the Fed Do? Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 11:40 AM ET

    The Dec. 4 meeting is just too hard to call. Better to take a pass.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.

  • Why Fed Is Expected To Cut Interest Rates Again Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 7:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    A lot has changed since the Federal Reserve hinted two months ago that it might be finished cutting interest rates for a while.

  • Japan's Machinery Orders Jump More Than Expected Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | 8:50 PM ET

    Japanese core machinery orders rose more than expected in October, suggesting Japanese corporate activity remained resilient in the face of concerns over turmoil in global financial markets.

  • Fed's Last Move Of The Year Saturday, 8 Dec 2007 | 12:06 AM ET

    Friday’s better-than-expected jobs report could discourage the Fed from making deep cuts next week. How low will they go or will they even cut at all?

  • Week Ahead: Rock Show After the Fed Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 7:59 PM ET

    The markets may well sit quietly ahead of the Fed's rate decision Tuesday, but after that be prepared for more rock and roll.

  • Stocks Close Flat Despite Big Drop in Oil Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 5:50 PM ET

    Stocks closed little-changed despite of a sharp drop in oil prices that boosted shares of big manufacturers such as Boeing.