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  • A report by the Congressional Oversight Panel says the Obama administration's program to test the financial health of the nation's biggest banks was "constructive" but also raises "serious qustions."

  • GOP Readies Offensive on Financial Reform Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | 3:31 PM ET

    With the Obama administration working toward a mid-June unveiling of a sweeping package of regulatory reforms for the financial sector, Congressional Republicans are preparing their own offensive in the coming week.

  • Obama's Healthcare Plan Shot In The Arm for IT Sector Monday, 11 May 2009 | 10:25 AM ET
    Doctor Writing

    The federal stimulus package passed in February may help some IT companies climb the stock charts. The law provides $19 billion to replace the ubiquitous paper chart on a clipboard with electronic medical records.

  • US Economy Could Recover Much Sooner Than Expected Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | 11:35 AM ET

    You've heard all the gloom and doom. Now here's some good news: the economic recovery could happen much sooner—and be much stronger—than anyone thought possible.

  • Stress Tests Show One Bank Would Need More Capital Saturday, 25 Apr 2009 | 6:48 PM ET

    At least one of the 19 financial institutions that received a government stress test would require additional capital, based on the initial findings, according to a source.

  • Green Funds May Take Time To Pay Off Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | 3:34 PM ET
    Mutual Funds

    Investors with a short time horizon and low tolerance for risk may want to avoid the group, but the patient and the bold may well be rewarded over time.

  • US Economy Could Recover Much Sooner Than Expected Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 11:55 AM ET

    You've heard all the gloom and doom. Now here's some good news: the economic recovery could happen much sooner—and be much stronger—than anyone thought possible.

  • There’s little dispute that allowing  flexibility in valuing toxic assets will be good for the banking industry. The  big question is whether it's good for anyone else—including the US government.

  • Job Losses Peak, Recession Hits Bottom Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | 11:54 AM ET
    Downsizing

    When it comes to job losses, March will be the cruelest month.  “It almost can’t get any worse,” says one economist.

  • When it comes to job losses, March will be the cruelest month, while April may be the beginning of the end.  “It almost can’t get any worse,” says one economist.

  • The Fed's efforts to push down mortgage rates have raised expectations about a  housing recovery, but it may take months to have any impact—and the results may not all be positive.

  • US Needs 'Resolution Authority' For Big Firms: Frank Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | 8:03 AM ET
    Barney Frank

    House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says the drastic steps the Obama administration is taking in dealing with the nation's struggling automakers further underscores the need for the government to have so-called resolution authority to take over and unwind the businesses of big non-bank companies.

  • Mustard Seeds Market Debate Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 | 3:39 PM ET

    Great debate on last night's Kudlow Report with our investment all-stars. Joining me were BlackRock's Bob Doll; Strategas's Jason Trennert; and Jim LaCamp from RBC Wealth Management.

  • Obama's Toxic-Asset Plan: End-Run Around Congress? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | 11:59 AM ET

    The complex plan to deal with toxic assets may have answered Wall Street’s questions about shoring up balance sheets but it's raising concerns about funding and oversight.

  • Obama on Leno: Politics Meets Hollywood Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | 3:37 PM ET

    It says a lot about the intersection of politics and entertainment that President Barack Obama will pitch his economic recovery plan on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" tonight. Obama has broken a number of barriers, and now he'll be the first sitting president to make this kind of appearance on late night TV.

  • Don't Count On A Consumer-Led Recovery Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 8:44 AM ET
    Credit Crunch

    There’s growing concern in some  circles that the President’s economic policies are confusing massive stimulus with Big Government and will thus deliver a muted recovery in the next year.

  • Obama Plan for Bad Bank Assets Could Come This Week Sunday, 15 Mar 2009 | 11:58 AM ET

    The Obama administration's plan to purchase toxic assets from the banks in a public/private partnership could be made public as soon as this week, according to senior administration officials.

  • White House Changes Tune For Wall Street? Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | 11:30 AM ET

    The Obama administration’s hope-and-change show hasn’t played well on Wall Street, but in the last week investors may finally be getting some of what they want and that could bring a happier ending than anyone imagined.

  • Consumers Start Spending Again Amid Grim Economy Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 10:55 AM ET

    Even as the economy sheds jobs at an alarming rate, there are early signs consumers are getting over the shock  of recession and  opening their wallets again. "There's pent up demand," says one economist. "Whether it is long lasting is another story.”

  • For all the US intervention into business and markets, there’s one thing it still can’t do to stop the bleeding in the financial system.

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