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  • Trade Deficit Up; Jobless Claims Less Than Expected Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 8:40 AM ET

    The US trade deficit widened unexpectedly in February as imports of consumer and other goods set a record and grew faster than exports, which hit a record for the 12th consecutive month, a government report showed on Thursday.

  • Pimco's El-Erian: Rate-Cutting May Be Near End Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 7:41 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve will stop cutting interest rates once it is assured that the economic contraction is limited to the financial sector, PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Arian told CNBC.

  • Fed Considering Additional Liquidity Measures Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 8:30 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve is mulling further steps to address liquidity problems in financial markets should measures taken to date fail to gain traction, a Fed official confirmed Wednesday.

  • Greenspan Says Fed Didn't Cause Housing Bubble Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 5:17 PM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Former Federal Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC  he had little to do with the  housing bubble or credit crisis despite criticism the Fed kept interest rates too low under his watch.

  • Fed Didn't Inflate the Housing Bubble: Greenspan Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 4:55 PM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has defended himself from charges that easy U.S. monetary policy created the current credit crisis by inflating a housing bubble, and instead blamed professional investors.

  • Fed Minutes Show Worries About a Deep Recession Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 3:36 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Worries about a deep recession--not a shallow one--drove Fed policymakers to slash interest rates again last month, according to minutes of their  meeting.

  • Full Text: FOMC Minutes Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 2:28 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The following is the text of the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting of March 18, issued on Tuesday:

  • Small Business Optimism Index Hits All-Time Low Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 7:43 AM ET

    A gauge of small business optimism in the United States sunk in March to a 22-year low, as small business owners clamped down on plans to create new jobs and expand business operations, a survey released Tuesday showed.

  • U.S. Sliding into Recession: Head of Economic Bureau Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 10:15 AM ET
    Martin Feldstein

    Martin Feldstein, who heads the group that is considered the arbiter of U.S. recessions, told CNBC that he believes the U.S. has been sliding into a recession.

  • Job Outlook for '08 Grads: Fewer Offers, Higher Pay Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    For those graduating college this year, getting a job will be a little harder than last year—but will likely pay more.

  • If recessions are best seen through the rear-view mirror, then Friday's jobs data makes the current state of the economy pretty clear.

  • US employers cut payrolls by a bigger-than-expected 80,000 in March, more evidence that the economy is in a recession.

  • McTeer: Strengthen Dollar, But Not Yet Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 7:54 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve has been wise to keep the dollar weak as the economy navigates its way through the current liquidity shortage, the former chairman of the central bank's Dallas branch said.

  • Fed's Yellen Hints at Recession, Rates Uncertain Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 4:11 AM ET
    Janet L. Yellen

    For the second time this week, a senior Federal Reserve official conceded the United States economy could slip into recession, but suggested the central bank should wait to see if more rate cuts are needed.

  • CEOs Show Pessimism About Economy Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 8:16 AM ET

    An index of chief executives' confidence in the US economy plunged to a record low last month, reflecting deeper concerns about the credit crisis and prospects for hiring.

  • Credit Crunch to Drag On Despite Efforts by the Fed Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 2:59 PM ET

    Now that Wall Street has gone through its version of “Survivor”, it’s time for a reality check. The credit crunch is probably far from over and is  likely to play out like a mini-series than a reality TV show.

  • Private Sector Shows Unexpected Job Growth Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 10:24 AM ET

    US private-sector employers unexpectedly added 8,000 jobs in March, a report by a private employment service said, confounding economists' expectations of a fall.

  • TEXT: Bernanke's Testimony Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 9:40 AM ET

    The full text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's prepared testimony before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on April 2, 2008:

  • TEXT: Henry Paulson's Speech Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | 10:48 AM ET

    The full text of  a speech on the "Blueprint for Regulatory Reform" given by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on March 31, 2008:

  • Paulson Says Stimulus Plan to Create 600,000 Jobs Friday, 28 Mar 2008 | 8:17 AM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Friday that an economic stimulus program that will put $168 billion into consumers' hands this year and next could help create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.