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  • Breakdown City Friday, 14 May 2010 | 3:42 PM ET

    the economy is in the throes of a V-shaped recovery. I've been saying that for months now. But is this recovery a temporary false dawn, or can we be confident it has legs? Will Washington's deficit-spending and debt-monetization policies be reversed, or is the soaring gold price a true negative signal for the future?

  • Senate Amends Financial Overhaul Bill Friday, 14 May 2010 | 1:41 PM ET
    Senator Al Franken (D-MN)

    In the latest sign of the zeal in Congress to get tough on Wall Street, the Senate approved two initiatives on Thursday aimed at addressing the role that major credit rating agencies played in the 2008 financial collapse, including a proposal to end the reliance on companies like Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s.

  • EU Bailout Package Just a 'Fig Leaf': Rogoff Friday, 14 May 2010 | 8:13 AM ET

    The European Cental Bank's bailout package is just a $1 trillion fig leaf covering the problem and a better move would have been to arrange for Greece and Portugal to leave the European Union.

  • Banks In Peril from EU Debt Shell Game: Economist Friday, 14 May 2010 | 6:16 AM ET

    Any assumption that the financial crisis is behind us is way off the mark, as the European Union is just shifting debt obligatoins between the public and private sector and not dealing with the undelying problem.

  • Ratings Agencies Probed by NY Attorney General Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 4:39 PM ET

    The three biggest credit agencies are now on the hook—along with eight Wall Street banks—in a probe involving whether they misled investors in toxic, mortgage-backed securities, CNBC has learned.

  • With Obama, Regulations Are Back in Fashion Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 11:01 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Over the last year, the Obama administration has pressed forward on hundreds of new mandates, while also stepping up enforcement of rules by increasing the ranks of inspectors and imposing higher fines for violations. The New York Times explains.

  • Big Majority Believes US Still in Recession: Poll Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 6:30 PM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    Public attitudes toward the economy have created ominous political problems for the Democratic Party and for Wall Street, according to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • Yoshikami: Protecting Against High-Frequency Traders Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | 11:26 AM ET

    The autopsy continues on what caused a 1000 point drop in the Dow last Thursday. But with a quick look at the chart, it is obvious to the naked eye that electronic trading was at least partially to blame for the tailspin.

  • Housing Prices to Rise 3-5% This Year: John Paulson Monday, 10 May 2010 | 12:17 PM ET
    John Alfred Paulson, president of Paulson & Co., Inc.

    John Paulson, who made $15 billion shorting the housing market, told investors in a conference call on Monday that he expects housing prices to rise between 3 percent and 5 percent this year and another 8 to 12 percent in 2011.

  • That Nagging Question of Mutual Fund Fees Monday, 10 May 2010 | 12:01 PM ET
    1978 portrait of American economist Paul Anthony Samuelson, winner of the Nobel prize for Economics in 1970.

    Mutual fund management companies receive handsome fees from people who often have no idea whether they are getting a good deal. For the most part, they're not, says the NYT.

  • ExxonMobil CEO Supports Halt in Offshore Leasing Friday, 7 May 2010 | 5:57 PM ET
    Coast Guard Attempts Burning Off Oil Leaking From Sunken Rig

    ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson says President Obama made the right call in putting a moratorium on new Gulf of Mexico oil leasing in the wake of the BP disaster.

  • Busch: Crucial Friday German Parliament Vote Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 10:20 AM ET
    The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    Once passed, the bill will be signed into law and then presented to the Euro Zone meeting on Friday night. There is likely to be a constitutional challenge to the agreement, but this will not impede the flow of money to Greece.

  • Expedition to Contain Oil Leak Begins in Gulf Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 4:01 AM ET
    A safety officer watches as the Pollution Control Dome is built by steelworkers at the Martin Terminal worksite in Port Fourchon, as BP rushes to cap the source of the oil slick from the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster in Louisiana.

    A 100-ton concrete-and-steel contraption designed to siphon off the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico was being hauled to the spot in the sea where a blown-out well is spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of petroleum a day.

  • BP Offers Fishermen a Month's Pay, From Slow Season Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 6:04 PM ET

    Fishermen along the Gulf Coast are unhappy about BP's plan to compensate them for lost wages.

  • Can the 'Big Dome' Stem the Gulf Leak? Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 4:00 PM ET
    A safety officer watches as the Pollution Control Dome is built by steelworkers at the Martin Terminal worksite in Port Fourchon, as BP rushes to cap the source of the oil slick from the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster in Louisiana.

    When a pipe bursts, your first response is to cup the leak. In the simplest terms, that’s the idea behind a massive structure the company Wild Well is building in Port Fourchon, La., to contain some of the spewing oil from the ongoing BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Busch: Senate Begins Voting, But It Won’t End Well Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 3:20 PM ET

    While tougher regulations on consumer protections and derivatives are the highlights, it will be the lesser known aspects that will make or break many businesses.

  • Here's my friend Dan Mitchell's latest video. As usual, it's definitely worth watching. According to Dan: The correct capital gains tax rate is zero because there should be no double taxation of income that is saved and invested.

  • Daniel Sparks, former partner and head of the Mortgages Department at the Goldman Sachs Group, Joshua Birnbaum, former managing director of the structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group, Michael Swenson, managing director of structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group and Fabrice Tourre, executive director of the structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group are sworn in while testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Af

    Mr. Buffett understands risk and how markets work. He knows that in the world of buying and selling complex financial instruments, responsibility is a two way street. Caveat emptor.

  • Some fear the bill will wind up giving preferential treatment to big firms, while others worry that the American taxpayer will remain on the hook, much the way it happened with the near failuremof AIG and others in 2008.

  • Special Chemical Used to Contain Oil Spill Monday, 3 May 2010 | 12:03 PM ET
    Weathered oil collects on surface of water after explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

    A chemical compound that breaks down oil into droplets so that bacteria can eat it may be part of the solution to Gulf of Mexico oil spill.