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  • Australia Central Bank Raises Inflation Forecasts Sunday, 11 Nov 2007 | 7:57 PM ET

    Australia's central bank on Monday raised its forecasts for underlying inflation to above  its 2 to 3 percent comfort zone, strongly suggesting that  further increases in interest rates might be needed to restrain price pressures and cool the red-hot economy

  • Week Ahead: Volatility Rules Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 5:12 PM ET

    Extreme volatility will likely rip the stock market again in the coming week, while investors consider some fresh economic data and a last blast of earnings news. Tuesday marks one month to the day before the Fed's next rate meeting.

  • Soaring global oil costs helped drive U.S. import prices up at the steepest rate in nearly 1-1/2 years during October, according to a Labor Department report on Friday that was likely to heighten concern about energy-driven inflation.

  • Cramer’s Recession Primer Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 10:51 AM ET

    It might be an inevitability. Here's how to defend against it.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.

  • Fed's Balancing Act On Rate Cut Getting Tougher Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 4:17 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Ben Bernanke’s latest assessment of the economy shows the Fed’s job of balancing  inflation with a slowing economy is more difficult than ever, leaving policymakers undecided on further rate cuts.

  • Fed Chief Stays Cautious On Further Rate Cuts Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economy faces risks in both growth and inflation, suggesting the Fed will holding off deciding on further rate cuts.

  • Europe's "No Change Attitude" Helps Markets, Dollar Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 9:39 AM ET

    Bank of England and European Central Bank both left rates unchanged which helped spark a modest rally in Europe and here. Mr. Trichet, head of the ECB, talked about inflation concerns but his inaction made him appear rather dovish.

  • ECB, BoE Leave Interest Rates Unchanged Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 9:11 AM ET

    The European Central Bank left rates unchanged as expected on Thursday, with analysts saying the doves in the governing council had the upper hand.  The Bank of England also left the rates on hold, with analysts expecting it to ease monetary policy early next year.

  • South Korea Holds Interest Rates as Expected Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 11:23 PM ET

    South Korea's central bank held its main interest rate steady at 5.0 percent for the third month in a row on Thursday, as widely expected, amid turbulent global markets and despite growing inflationary pressures.

  • Australia Unemployment Is Up, Full-Time Jobs Surge Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 10:20 PM ET

    Unemployment in Australia unexpectedly ticked up from 33-year lows in October but the number of full-time jobs increased by the biggest amount in 16 years, underlining the continued strength of the economy.

  • Dollar Plunges on China Central Bank Comments Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 12:25 PM ET
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    The dollar dropped to record lows versus the euro Wednesday after comments by a Chinese official stoked fears the central bank of the world's fourth largest economy would reduce its holdings of U.S. assets.

  • Fed's Lacker Says Economic Risks Are 'Balanced' Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 10:58 AM ET

    The risks posed by the credit market turmoil and inflation were about balanced, and there was some improvement in inflation, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker said on Wednesday.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 10:28 AM ET

    The shrinking U.S. dollar, record oil prices and some major earnings reports will dominate Wednesday trading. Oil edged past $98 moving deeper into record territory in overnight trade. Traders are betting crude has the legs to run through $100 in the next couple of days.

  • ECB May Intervene if Euro Rises to $1.50: Analysts Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 9:45 AM ET

    European Central Bank policymakers have been relaxed about the euro's steep rise against the  dollar -- in public at least -- but its move towards $1.50 is raising the prospect that it might intervene.

  • ECB Should Take Euro, Oil into Account: France Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 9:08 AM ET

    The European Central Bank should take into account a range of factors such as the strong euro and high oil prices when setting monetary policy, France's Secretary of State for Europe Jean-Pierre Jouyet said on Wednesday.

  • Australia's Central Bank Lifts Rates to 11-Year High Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 9:45 PM ET

    Australia's central bank raised interest rates to an 11-year high on Wednesday as it battled to contain inflation, a decision charged with unusual political implications just two weeks before a national election.

  • Wall Street Is Pressing Fed For More Rate Cuts Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 3:42 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    It's been less than a week since the Federal Reserve hinted it was done lowering interest rates. Yet Wall Street is already clamoring for yet another cut.

  • Caterpillar CEO Sees 'Soft Landing' for Economy Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:44 PM ET

    James Owens, the chief executive of Dow component Caterpillar, sees a soft landing in store for the U.S. economy.

  • Dollar Hits Record Low vs. Euro on Rate-Hike Fears Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:01 PM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The dollar fell to all-time lows against the euro and a basket of major currencies Tuesday as investors feared the fallout from the credit turmoil was far from over and the Fed will have to cut interest rates some more.

  • Wall Street Is Pressing Fed For More Rate Cuts Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:01 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may not have many soothing words for Wall Street when he testifies before Congress on Thursday.