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  • Federal Reserve's Statement On Boosting Liquidity Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 9:29 AM ET

    The text of the Federal Reserve's statement on adding additional liquidity into money markets released Dec. 12.

  • Fed Trims Rates 1/4 Point, Disappointing Investors Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 2:45 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut  interest rates a modest quarter point, disappointing Wall Street, which had hoped for more-aggressive action.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Paulson Asserts Subprime Plan Isn't Federal Bailout Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 3:25 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson defended the Bush administration's subprime mortgage plan, telling CNBC that it is not a federal bailout.

  • Jobs Report Makes Modest Rate Cut More Likely Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 11:45 AM ET

    Employers added 94,000 jobs in November, but a slowdown in recent months fueled speculation of a modest rate cut next week.

  • No Recession, But Housing Risky: Bush Advisor Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    A senior White House economist said on Friday he believes the U.S. economy is still strong and not headed for recession, though it remains at risk from the slumping housing market.

  • Consumers Are In Gloomiest Mood in Two Years Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 10:24 AM ET

    U.S. consumer sentiment soured for a third month in December as a housing recession andexpensive gasoline left consumers at their gloomiest since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a report showed Friday.

  • Job Growth Could Be the Key to the Fed's Decision Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 7:21 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    Economists predict a modest gain of 70,000 in payrolls. But a strong private-sector report has the market looking for a positive surprise that could give the Fed license to cut.

  • Budget Office Sees 'Elevated' Risk of Recession Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

    The United States is at an "elevated" risk of economic recession because of housing woes, faltering confidence within financial markets and high oil prices, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

  • Abby Joseph Cohen: Economy to Rebound in 2008 Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 5:30 PM ET

    Abby Joseph Cohen, chief investment strategist at Goldman Sachs, says the U.S. economy will rebound in mid-2008, but the next few months will be bumpy.

  • Surprise! CEOs Aren't Too Worried About Economy Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 2:07 PM ET
    Cash Register

    U.S. chief executives' view of the economy improved in the fourth quarter, although they have become far more concerned about energy prices.

  • Fed's Yellen: Economy's Downside Risk Getting Worse Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 12:24 PM ET
    Janet Yellen

    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Janet Yellen said on Monday that worsening financial conditions and weaker-than-expected economic data have raised downside risks to the economic outlook.

  • Confidence Rebuilding Will Be 'Long and Slow': Ryan Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 6:56 AM ET

    Financial market anxiety has rebounded and the process of rebuilding confidence will be "long and slow," a top U.S. Treasury official said on Tuesday.

  • Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve will cut interest rates by a full percentage point before June to help the housing market, Citigroup's chief economist, Lewis Alexander, said.

  • Fed Likely to Cut Rates, But How Much Is Unclear Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 3:30 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Economists say the Fed is almost certain to lower interest rates Dec. 11, but key economic data in the week to come will determine if its a quarter point or half a point.