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  • Second US Recession Could Be Worse Than First Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:33 AM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    Given the tumult of the Great Recession, this may be hard to believe, but the economy is much weaker than it was at the outset of the last recession in December 2007, with most major measures of economic health worse today than they were back then, reports "The New York Times."

  • AAA Rating Is a Rarity in Business Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 8:24 AM ET

    Scores of big corporations have lost their AAA status in recent years, and it hasn't seemed to hurt them, so what's the big deal about the federal government losing such status, The New York Times reports.

  • Oil-Price Volatility Bedevils Business and Consumers Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 10:00 AM ET

    The resulting yo-yo effect on fuel prices for the last three years has made it hard for consumers and businesses to loosen their purse strings enough to jump start the lackluster economy.

  • Economy Falters, Stocks Tank: What's an Investor to Do? Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 10:39 AM ET

    When the US economy was showing signs of life, the end of Federal Reserve's easing didn't seem to worry financial markets. But now that the economy is clearly sputtering, the transition may not be so easy.

  • Throw Back The Big Ones Friday, 20 May 2011 | 2:47 PM ET
    Cost of healthcare

    Expected government cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, the uncertainty of health care reform and looming patent expirations are weighing heavily on the outlook of the biggest companies in the sector: large-cap pharmaceutical stocks.

  • Is There Really an Output Gap? Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 2:09 PM ET
    Farmer picking weeds

    The output gap is a measure of how far away an economy is from a targeted level of output. But does it matter?

  • Gold Bull and Bear

    They'll be no  double dip nor V-bounce for the economy, emerging markets will outperform mature ones, inflation will remain tame and the consumer will return to spending.

  • Business Travel On The Rebound Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 9:52 AM ET

    After putting the kibosh on travel spending during much of the economic recession, Corporate America is back out on the road, but look for the best growth rates in emerging-market regions.

  • Staycation or USAcation For This Summer? Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 9:46 AM ET

    High energy prices, expensive air fares, natural disasters, security concerns, high unemployment and a weak dollar may all keep Americans at home. The question is whether it literally means their own home.

  • CNBC Poll: Are You Taking A Summer Vacation? Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 9:45 AM ET
    Travel Dollars - A CNBC Special Report

    High gasoline and airline ticket prices may deter some Americans, but it may may be time to break from the austerity of recent years.

  • New Global Diet Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:38 PM ET
    An Angolan woman shops in a market in Cabinda.

    Much like housing years ago, food has become something bigger than itself. It's about far more than sustenance. It's about commodities trading, global trade, energy, biotechnology and government policy. Our special report, "Food Economics, explores all of those dimensions.

  • If the Sky Is Falling, Gold Is Rising Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 9:38 AM ET

    "Gold has been a useful store of value for 6,500 years,” says one observer of the gold bug crowd. “Uncertainty causes people to see stable value, and gold provides that confidence.”

  • Bob Pisani Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 8:58 AM ET

    Watch for the Middle East and Japan to hit corporate profits, China to keep the brakes on growth and governments to struggle with rising inflation.

  • Patti Domm Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 2:04 PM ET

    The central bank's exit from QE2 will be tricky, energy prices could spook investors and consumers, and housing and jobs need help from each other.

  • Maria Bartiromo Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 2:03 PM ET

    A selloff may be likely ahead of the end to the Fed's QE2, growth outside the U.S. will lead and technological in health care will attract investors.

  • Michael Yoshikami Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 2:02 PM ET

    YCMNET Investment Committee Chairman Michael A. Yoshikami sees disappointing U.S. economic growth but strength in emerging markets and commodities for the rest of the year.

  • Stocks: Rally On Or Run Away? Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    The powerful and rapid rebound in the stock market over the past two years calls for a thorough review of your asset allocations. A lot has changed and there's more to come.

  • Forex Gaining Currency With Retail Investors Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:59 PM ET

    It's looking like an especially dynamic year for the currency market, so you might want to check out a new generation of low-cost, online foreign exchange trading platforms.

  • Are We There Yet? Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:52 PM ET

    In our annual special report, you'll find a bucket of investment-advice stories, as well as soothsaying analysis from our coterie of market watchers, stock charts, polls, slideshows and a quiz.

  • Facebook Prepares to Add Friends in Washington Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 8:13 AM ET

    Facebook has layered its executive, legal, policy and communications ranks with high-powered politicos from both parties, beefing up its firepower for future battles in Washington and beyond., and is looking to add more, reports the New York Times reports.

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