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    As the stock market swoons, investors are watching their paper losses mount and their retirement accounts dwindle. As the most trusted names in banking and brokerage have fallen like dominoes — despite reassurances from top executives that nothing was wrong — what message or slogan could possibly reassure a jittery public? The New York Times has the story.

  • Stocks rose Tuesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a major step to help support strained commercial-paper markets.

  • Futures declined Tuesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced its fourth-quarter term auction schedule, unnerving investors who anxiously await signs of some coordinated response by global central banks to unfreeze the credit markets.

  • Despite a belief that lowering rates may not do much, most traders disagree. Cutting rates is an attempt at reflation, and at this point that has become a major concern. Paying interest on reserves--which the Fed is now doing--is also a form of lowering rates.

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    The Dow closed below the psychologically important 10,000 level on Monday trading at intra-day levels not seen in almost five years...

  • Maria Bartiromo discusses Monday's top business and financial stories, and looks ahead to tomorrow.

  • The Dow pared its massive loss in the final hour of trading Monday after fear that the credit crisis is spreading rippled through world markets. The blue-chip index ended down about 370 points, after being down as much as 800 at one point.

  • The Dow dropped below 9,600 Monday after global markets took a pounding amid fear that the credit crisis is spreading around the globe.

  • The Dow dropped below 9,900 Monday after global markets took a pounding amid fear that the credit crisis is spreading around the globe.

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    As the credit crunch weighs on the financial services sector, credit card issuers are tightening lending terms with consumers, from lowering borrowing limits to closing dormant accounts, to lower their risk profile.

  • The Dow dropped below 10000 Monday after global markets took a pounding amid fear that the credit crisis is spreading around the globe.

  • As European authorities renegotiated two bailouts this weekend, Europe is opening notably weaker today as most bourses are down about 4 percent; the UK and France hit a four-year low, France a two-year low.

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    During the crisis, so-called smart money seems to be avoiding three categories: index funds, dividend-paying companies and small-caps. On paper, that seems to make perfect sense. In fact, some of these ideas haven’t panned out, says the New York Times.

  • Getting dumped stinks. You think you’ve found a wonderful partner only to realize those feelings aren’t returned. Poor Citigroup! Find out what Dick Bove has to say about the mess.

  • Want graphic evidence of how confused traders are? Stock futures rallied for a couple minutes on the Wells Fargo/Wachovia deal, then quickly dropped. Futures dropped again as non-farm payrolls came out below expectations, then rallied back a few minutes later.

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    “We have a good deal of comfort about the capital cushions at these firms at the moment.” — Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, March 11, 2008.

  • This once-great company now operates in some of the worst parts of the economy.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as dismal reports on factory orders and jobless claims piled on to a market already on edge about a freeze in the credit markets and the bailout bill as it heads to the House. GE was the biggest drag on the Dow.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as dismal reports on factory orders and jobless claims piled on to a market already on edge about a freeze in the credit markets and the bailout bill as it heads to the House. GE was the biggest drag on the Dow.

  • Stocks declined Thursday as dismal reports on factory orders and jobless claims piled on to a market already on edge about a freeze in the credit markets and the bailout bill as it heads to the House. GE was the biggest drag on the Dow.