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  • U.S. Economic Growth Skids To Five-Year Low Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
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    U.S. economic growth skidded to a five-year low of  0.6% in the fourth quarter,  reflecting the toll a slumping housing sector has taken on the national economy.

  • Fed Chairman May Be Too Worried About Wall Street Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 3:31 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Critics of  many stripes think Bernanke is doing a poor job, whether it is lowering interest  rates for the wrong reasons or keeping them too high for too long.

  • Borrowing Costs Expected to Decline Further Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 11:56 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    U.S. individuals and businesses are likely to see their borrowing costs drop further as the Federal Reserve weighs another interest-rate reduction to bolster a sagging economy.

  • Stocks to Nibble At While Waiting for Market Bottom Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    Recession. Bear market. Credit crunch. Is it better to stay out of the stock market or use the recent selloff as a buying opportunity?

  • Is the US Just Talking Itself Into a Recession? Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 11:48 AM ET
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    Talk may be cheap, but the endless chatter about a looming recession may wind up being very costly to the US economy.

  • Bush Calls for $145 Billion In Tax Relief for Economy Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 11:37 AM ET
    President Bush ocomments on the US Economy from the White House, with Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, right.

    President Bush on Friday called for about $145 billion worth of tax relief and other incentives to stimulate a sagging economy and fend off a possible recession.

  • Wall Street Now Betting On Another 3/4 Point Rate Cut Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Forget a half-point cut. Wall Street is now speculating that the Fed will lower rates another three-quarters of a point next week.

  • Congressional Budget Office Doesn't Foresee Recession Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 10:41 AM ET
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    The slowing economy will not sink into an election-year recession and an economic rebound is likely beginning next year, the CBO forecast Wednesday.

  • Fed Cut 'Well Measured Move' to Avert Recession: Snow Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 9:55 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve's decision to slash interest rates by 75  basis points on Tuesday was a bold, well measured move to avoid a sharp slowdown in the U.S. economy, John Snow, former U.S. Treasury Secretary & chairman of Cerberus Capital, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe."

  • Bush Says He's Optimistic About Stimulus Plan Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 4:23 PM ET
    President Bush ocomments on the US Economy from the White House, with Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, right.

    President Bush said he is confident that Congress and the administration will be able to approve a stimulus package to jump-start the economy and calm fears of recession that have shaken financial markets worldwide.

  • Recession Worries Persist Despite Surprise Rate Cut Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 4:18 PM ET
    A container ship from Korea sits at a loading dock at Seattle's Harbor Island near downtown, Thursday, May 11, 2006. The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly declined in March for a second consecutive month, something that hasn't happened in more than two years. The improvement reflected record U.S. exports and a big drop in the country's foreign oil bill. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    There is no quick cure for what ails the U.S. economy, but if the Fed's surprise rate cut instills confidence, it may speed a recovery.

  • Fed's Rate Cut May Speed Recovery by U.S. Economy Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 3:55 PM ET
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    There is no quick cure for what ails the U.S. economy, but if the Fed's surprise rate cut instills confidence, it may speed a recovery.

  • Fed's Surprise Rate Cut Draws Mixed Response Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 1:32 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Fed's emergency rate cut drew a mixed response on Wall Street, though the move increased the odds of more reductions.

  • CNBC.com Live Poll: Fed Rate Cut Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 11:15 AM ET

    The Fed slashed U.S. interest rates by three-quarters of a point, the biggest rate cut in more than 23 years, in an emergency bid to support the U.S. economy.

  • Tools to Help You Navigate the Market Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 11:02 AM ET

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  • Paulson: Economy Is Resilient, but Fed Cut Helps Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 8:33 AM ET
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    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday he was confident the U.S. and global economies were resilient but welcomed an emergency rate rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve as a helpful move.

  • Unity on Need for Stimulus, but Still Room for Debate Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 | 11:40 AM ET
    President Bush ocomments on the US Economy from the White House, with Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, right.

    Agreement between the White House and Congress that the stumbling U.S. economy needs help was a big first step but it was clear Saturday there was room for sparring over crafting a rescue package.

  • Why Stock Market's Selloff Is Likely to Continue Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    Forget rate cuts and stimulus packages. In Wall Street's eyes, the recession is already here and the credit crunch is far from over.

  • Rate Cuts Are "Quite Possible": Fed's Lacker Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 10:07 AM ET

    Weaker U.S. growth means that more interest rate cuts are "quite possible" but inflation is also still a risk, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker said Friday.

  • Consumers Cheered Up a Bit in Early January Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 10:05 AM ET

    U.S. consumers' mood brightened a bit in January, defying expectations driven by the constant drumbeat of talk about a possible recession, weak jobs market and falling stock prices.