• CNBC's Top States For Business '09 -- What's New Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 | 2:24 PM ET

    In calculating this year’s weightings, we found some significant changes in how states pitch themselves as an attractive prospective home to business, which probably reflects stark changes, so we've adjusted our ranking formula, as well.

  • In our third annual look at the states that put it all together for business, Virginia is back in the No.1 spot, while last year's winner Texas falls to second.

  • We'll be revealing those at the top of the rankings, culminating with the 2009 winner. Tune in to find out which state  is No. 1 at  around 2:30 p.m. ET on  "Street Signs ."

  • SEC May Curb Political Donations from Investment Firms Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | 5:17 PM ET

    Federal regulators on Wednesday proposed new rules to restrain investment firms from making political donations to state or local government officials with an eye toward winning pension plan or other public business.

  • Happy Days Are Here Again, Or Are They? Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 5:59 PM ET

    Don't be so sure that the next bull market has found its footing. According to Richard Bernstein the bulls have missed something critical.

  • US Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 1:13 PM ET
    Driving while using a cellular phone.

    In 2003, researchers at a federal agency proposed a long-term study of 10,000 drivers to assess the safety risk posed by cellphone use behind the wheel. But such an ambitious study never happened.

  • White House Demands Tighter Rules for Credit Raters Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 1:12 PM ET
    Fitch Ratings

    The Obama administration on Tuesday sent Congress legislation seeking to tighten government oversight of Wall Street's credit rating agencies and stem potential conflicts of interest in their business practices to protect investors.

  • In ranking the states, we scored all 50 on more than 40 measures of competitiveness, which were then separated into ten broad categories, such as cost of doing business, workforce and quality of life.

  • Here Comes CNBC's Top States For Business 2009 Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 11:32 AM ET

    From unemployment to taxes, economic conditions will play a big role in the rankings of CNBC’s third annual America’s Top States For Business study due out Thursday, July 23.

  • Police Uncover Bernie Madoff-Style Scheme in UK Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 7:56 AM ET

    Fraud continues to be unearthed in the financial sector with police recently detecting one of the UK's biggest Ponzi schemes, according to several media reports.

  • Sotomayor On the High Court: What Business Can Expect Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 12:16 PM ET
    Sonia Sotomayor, as nominee for US Supreme Court Justice.

    Though Sonia Sotomayor is widely expected to win confirmation to the US Supreme Court, the business community is still wondering just what kind of justice she'll be

  • Calpers Sues Over Credit Ratings of Securities Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 4:05 AM ET

    The largest public pension fund in the US has filed suit in connection with in losses that it says were caused by “wildly inaccurate” credit ratings, the New York Times reports.

  • Fed to Blame for CIT's Liquidity Problems: Forbes Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 9:21 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve should have focused on getting the securitization market working again, as it promised last autumn, to avoid situations like that in which lender CIT Group is now, Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Let Oil Markets Work Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 12:09 PM ET

    Placing regulatory limits on oil trading is a terrible idea. This is the latest example of the government sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong. We ought to allow oil markets to trade unencumbered, without government meddling, or limits, or controls on both large and small investors. This creates the broadest possible base and the largest possible volume. This approach — unsurprisingly — creates an efficient market.

  • G8 Commentary: G8 + G5 = G13, Unlucky for All Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 10:30 AM ET

    Day two at the G8 and all's not going swimmingly. No, I'm not still going on about the logistics (I mean what's three hours to get to the venue between friends). No, I'm talking about the fact that with the major developing nations, the so-called G5 turning up, things are just not so cozy and glossy for Silvio and all.

  • No Single Country Can Regulate Banks: Ex-Regulator Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 9:09 AM ET

    Financial regulation needs to be agreed at a global level to be effective, and political wrangling in the UK to reorder the regulatory bodies is like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic, Sir Howard Davies, a former chairman of the Financial Services Authority, told CNBC.

  • Are Fireworks Recession-Proof? Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 12:41 PM ET
    Fourth of July fireworks

    Consumers may be cutting back on clothes, electronics and fancy dinners this recession, but pyrophiles across America aren't skimping on Fourth of July fireworks.

  • G8 Commentary: Thank You for the Chaos Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 10:05 AM ET
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

    Thank you Silvio Berlusconi. No, really, thank you.

  • For Banks, Wads of Cash and Loads of Trouble Saturday, 4 Jul 2009 | 9:04 AM ET

    As the Obama administration completes its examinations of the nation’s largest banks, industry executives are bracing for fights with the government over repayment of bailout money and forced sales of bad mortgages.

  • SEC May Reinstate Rules for Short-Selling Stocks Friday, 3 Jul 2009 | 6:10 AM ET

    They have been reviled as the bad hats of Wall Street, nefarious traders who cashed in on the market collapse and, some insist, helped precipitate it.  Now short-sellers are coming under even more unwanted scrutiny, this time from federal regulators.