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  • Happy Holidays? Recession Worries Are On the Rise Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 6:26 PM ET
    Foreclosured Home

    A parade of economic data in the next couple weeks will tell volumes about the economy and the Fed’s chances for achieving a soft landing.

  • Paulson Sees More Home Loan Defaults in 2008 Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 8:35 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the number of potential U.S. home-loan defaults "will be significantly bigger" in 2008 than in 2007, the Wall Street Journal's online edition reported.

  • Americans In A Foul Mood As Holidays Approach Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 12:42 PM ET

    The mood among consumers hit the skids in November as gasoline prices soared and the housing slump worsened.

  • Fed Sees Slower Growth But Wary of Cutting Rates Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 8:33 PM ET
    Cash Register

    The Federal Reserve is expecting slower growth and lower inflation next year. But minutes from the Fed's October meeting show policymarkers were reluctant to cut interest rates further.

  • Exclusive: Treasury May Discuss National Sales Tax Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 1:51 PM ET

    A U.S. Treasury report on ways to cut corporate taxes will include discussion of a national sales tax, a senior Treasury official told CNBC.

  • Markets, Fed Still at Odds Over Outlook for Economy Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 8:01 AM ET
    Traders at SIG Specialists trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange talk among themselves shortly after the opening bell Monday, April 18, 2005, in New York.  Stocks regained some stability Monday following a three-day selloff as strong first-quarter earnings and a pair of merger announcements lent some support to a market battered by worries about economic growth.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    The  Fed and financial markets remain at odds over where the economy and interest rates are heading, and fresh Fed forecasts to be released Tuesday are unlikely to bridge that gap.

  • The painful collapse of the housing market along with the credit crunch will weigh down economic growth in the final three months of this year and cause economic activity to lag in 2008.

  • Top Fed Officials Cast Doubt on Further Rate Cuts Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 1:16 PM ET

    Two top Federal Reserve officials on Friday suggested the U.S. economy is unlikely to need lower borrowing costs even as it navigates a possibly rocky stretch in the economy.

  • Fed's Poole Casts Doubt on Rate Cut Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 10:57 AM ET

    A top Federal Reserve official said it would take sharper than expected slowdown in growth to change the Fed's monetary policy stance in a Dow Jones interview released on Friday, casting doubt on market expectations for more interest rate cuts.

  • Mortgage Crisis May Slash Lending Up to $2 Trillion Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 10:48 AM ET

    The mortgage crisis could have a "dramatic" impact on the  economy by forcing banks and other financial firms to cut lending up  to $2 trillion, a Goldman economist said.

  • Paulson Signals He Expects Dollar Rebound Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 10:14 AM ET

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Friday Washington was following a strong dollar policy and indicated he expected it to rebound, emphasising the U.S. economy's long-term strength should help the currency.

  • Ben Bernanke's Speech: Federal Reserve Communications Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 9:24 AM ET

    The prepared speech given by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Federal Reserve communications at the Cato Institute 25th Annual Monetary Conference in Washington, D.C. on November 14, 2007.

  • US Rate Decision Depends on Data: Fed's Fisher Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 6:20 AM ET

    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said on Wednesday a decision on interest rates at the central bank's December meeting would depend on coming data, but emphasised that the economic risks were not all on the downside.

  • Suddenly, Inflation Isn't The Market's Bogeyman Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 5:06 PM ET
    Cash Register

    The good news is that inflation is less of a worry. The bad news is that economic growth is more of one.  The change in perception comes as investors prepare for key inflation data this week.

  • Small Business Optimism Sours on Fed Rate Cut Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 8:17 AM ET

    Optimism about the U.S. economy among small businesses soured last month as a Federal Reserve interest cut intended to aid the economy instead triggered cutbacks in spending and hiring, a survey released on Tuesday showed.

  • Fed's Balancing Act On Rate Cut Getting Tougher Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 4:17 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Ben Bernanke’s latest assessment of the economy shows the Fed’s job of balancing  inflation with a slowing economy is more difficult than ever, leaving policymakers undecided on further rate cuts.

  • Fed Chief Stays Cautious On Further Rate Cuts Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economy faces risks in both growth and inflation, suggesting the Fed will holding off deciding on further rate cuts.

  • Dollar Plunges on China Central Bank Comments Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 12:25 PM ET

    The dollar dropped to record lows versus the euro Wednesday after comments by a Chinese official stoked fears the central bank of the world's fourth largest economy would reduce its holdings of U.S. assets.

  • Caterpillar CEO Sees 'Soft Landing' for Economy Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:44 PM ET

    James Owens, the chief executive of Dow component Caterpillar, sees a soft landing in store for the U.S. economy.

  • Dollar Hits Record Low vs. Euro on Rate-Hike Fears Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:01 PM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The dollar fell to all-time lows against the euro and a basket of major currencies Tuesday as investors feared the fallout from the credit turmoil was far from over and the Fed will have to cut interest rates some more.