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  • Game Plan for the Week of Aug. 20 Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 7:42 PM ET

    The market got the rate cut it needed, so it's time to start buying stocks again. Here are Cramer's short-term picks for next week.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Fed Discount Rate Surprise: Video Roundup Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 1:56 PM ET

    On Friday, the Federal Reserve announced that it had approved a 50 basis-point cut in the discount rate it charges for loans made directly to banks, via its regional Federal Reserve lenders . Was the discount-rate cut merely in reaction to a temporary credit crunch -- or a sobering signal that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke perceives deeper troubles in the U.S. financial sector? CNBC's Market Task Force and expert guests took on the question -- and offered survival advice to investors.

  • Stop Trading! Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 10:13 AM ET

    Cramer feels a disconnect between today's tape and the outlook from the Fed. Which should you be betting with?Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • The State of the Market Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 10:12 AM ET

    The market seems to be giving the indication that the Fed has gone soft and Uncle Ben is going to cut rates. Cramer isn't buying that for a second. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Markets Roiled Again By Worries About Credit Crunch Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 4:02 PM ET

    Financial markets were roiled again on Friday amid growing signs that the subprime mortgage problem may be far more widespread than anyone thought.  Though stocks ended the day little changed, most experts think investors should be prepared for more nervous days ahead.

  • Countrywide Financial led shares of U.S. mortgage companies lower on Friday as investors received fresh reminders that a shortage of liquidity might crimp profits.

  • Sell Block Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | 8:03 PM ET

    Today's 387-point drop in the Dow is a perfect reason why investors should take profits when they have the chance. Remember: Bulls make money, bears make money, but hogs get slaughtered.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Mad Money Mortgage Madness Index Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | 10:32 AM ET

    There’s no place for bullishness until this mortgage/private-equity mess gets stabilized. But when will investors know that happened? Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Lenders Wells Fargo, Wachovia Curb Mortgage Loans Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | 5:13 PM ET

    Wells Fargo, Wachovia and other lenders are limiting mortgages to some of their more creditworthy borrowers as worries about U.S. homeowner defaults widen.

  • Saving the U.S. Economy Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 10:04 AM ET

    Key sectors like the homebuilders could continue to take a serious hit. But Cramer said it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are two things he thinks could save the market.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • The Doom-and-Gloom Scenario Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 10:03 AM ET

    Cramer likes to say there’s always a bull market somewhere, but tonight he played the role of the ultimate bear.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

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    Countrywide Financial, the largest U.S. mortgage lender, Tuesday reported a 33% decline in second-quarter profit and slashed its full-year earnings forecast, citing a difficult housing market.

  • Wells Fargo Drops Risky Mortgage Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | 4:38 AM ET

    Wells Fargo & Co. has stopped offering a popular adjustable-rate mortgage designed for home buyers with troubled borrowing histories, becoming the latest lender to curtail its exposure to the subprime market in response to regulatory and market pressures.

  • Washington Mutual Posts Higher Quarterly Profit Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 4:47 PM ET

    Washington Mutual, the largest U.S. savings and loan, said on Wednesday second-quarter profit rose, helped by growth in retail banking and credit cards, and a smaller loss relative to the first quarter in its mortgage unit.

  • The cell phone does it all: You can take pictures, send emails, play music and watch TV. Now, you can add banking to that list.  That's because some of the largest U.S. banks -- Bank of America, Citibank, Wachovia, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, and ING Direct – are launching mobile banking services that give you access to your accounts wherever you are. 

  • URS Group Buys Washington Group for $2.3 Billion Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | 4:59 PM ET

    Construction services company URS said on Monday it would acquire Washington Group International for about $2.3 billion to expand into the engineering and management of nuclear, infrastructure and environmental projects.

  • A tough operating environment for U.S. banks, especially smaller ones, is likely to drive more of them to seek mergers this year in an effort to improve profits.   Through the second week of May, there were 21 U.S. bank and thrift mergers involving sellers with assets of at least $500 million in 2007, according to analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

  • It's Time for the Lightning Round! Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 6:48 PM ET

    Cramer tells callers whether to buy or sell Intel, Washington Mutual and more.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Washington Mutual Offers To Refinance Subprime Loans Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 9:51 AM ET

    Washington Mutual  said Wednesday it would offer some subprime mortgage borrowers the option to refinance adjustable-rate mortgages as a way to avoid default and foreclosure.

  • Washington Mutual Profit Falls 20% But Beats Forecasts Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 5:40 PM ET

    Washington Mutual said its first-quarter profits fell 20% amid a nationwide implosion of the subprime home loan market.