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  • Fed Will Be Best Early-Warnings System Sunday, 26 Jul 2009 | 12:35 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The country needs a systemic-risk regulator, and the Federal Reserve would be a better choice than a new, hydra-headed overseer, Alan Blinder writes in the New York Times.

  • Another Major Setback Sidelines Healthcare Bill Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 5:47 PM ET

    Forget healthcare reform by August, right now it doesn’t even look like Dems can get their bill through the House!

  • Investment Banking: Rebound Amid a Revolution Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 5:19 PM ET
    Wall Street

    The financial crisis may have left investment banking bruised and embarrassed, but analysts say an industry comeback is on the way, even if it means competing in a dramatically different marketplace.

  • Iowa, Massachusetts and Nebraska can all make a good case for being the most-improved state in our 2009 rankings.

  • Nine out of the top ten states in the economy category of CNBC's Top States For Business are west of the Mississippi River and that’s largely because their unemployment rates are significantly below the national average in May of 9.5 percent.

  • If there’s one state that personifies the nations financial and economic problems, it’s probably California, which is something of a nation state. Though California did not suffer a precipitous decline in the 2009 rankings of our Top States For Business, it is now solidly in the bottom half

  • Those who may have wondered how New Jersey managed to make it to the top in 2008 can rest on their skepticism, because New Hampshire has toppled the Garden State this year.

  • 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
    SEC

    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
    Scam

    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.