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  • Dollar Sinks to Record Low vs Euro Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:02 AM ET

    The dollar sank to a new low against the euro after the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank said Wednesday that the U.S. would encounter more sluggish economic activity in the coming weeks and months.

  • Two Fed Governors Divided Over Inflation Threat Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:00 AM ET
    Donald Kohn

    How serious is the risk of inflation? It depends on which Fed governor you ask.

  • TEXT: Bernanke's Testimony Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 10:10 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    The text of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on Febuary 27, 2008.

  • Is the Fed in Denial About Inflation? Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 8:30 AM ET

    Is the Fed in Denial About Inflation? Home prices are falling, but consumer and producer prices are rising. That’s a conundrum for the Fed. Do investors really want the central bank to keep easing interest rates in the teeth of a 4.3 percent 12-month change in the consumer price index?

  • Can Bernanke Convince the Market He's on Top of It? Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 8:03 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Housing's in the tank, banks are scared to lend, but oil is at $100 a barrel and inflation is threatening to pick up -- what's a central banker to do?

  • In the Hot Seat Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 6:30 PM ET

    Ben Bernanke will face Congress Wednesday to deliver the Fed’s biannual economic report. But could the outlook be different now that inflation is flaring?

  • Inflation-Proof Investments Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 4:20 PM ET
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    Trading the sectors immune to inflation worries, with Jon Najarian.

  • Fed's Kohn: Economy Still Bigger Worry Than Inflation Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 3:07 PM ET
    Donald Kohn

    A top Federal Reserve official said Tuesday that the danger the U.S. economy will weaken further is a bigger worry than higher inflation.

  • Dollar Hits Record Low Against Euro Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 3:02 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The dollar fell to record lows against the euro and basket of currencies Tuesday on worries over the health of the U.S. economy and prospects of more Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.

  • TEXT: Kohn's Speech Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 1:16 PM ET

    The full text of a prepared speech by Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Donald L. Kohn on The U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy given on February 26, 2008.

  • US Home Prices Plunged at Record Pace Last Year Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 12:50 PM ET
    housing_crisis.jpg

    The collapse in U.S. home prices accelerated to a record pace in the fourth quarter of 2007, with prices plunging 8.9 percent last year, according to a national home price index released on Tuesday.

  • Wholesale Inflation Soars On Rising Energy Costs Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 11:46 AM ET
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    Inflation at the wholesale level jumped 1 percent in January on rising energy costs and posted the biggest 12-month gain in more than 26 years.

  • Pimco's Gross: Inflation Hurts Treasuries Appeal Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 8:57 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    U.S. government bonds hold little appeal with inflation making a strong comeback, the manager of the world's largest bond fund said on Tuesday.

  • Consumers Held Back German Growth at Close of 2007 Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 3:55 AM ET

    Weak consumer spending dragged down German growth in the final quarter of 2007 as inflation surged to a 14-year high, official data showed on Tuesday.

  • Economy to Skirt Recession, but Growth to Crawl: NABE Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 11:58 AM ET
    A foreclosed home for sale.

    The U.S. economy will likely avoid a recession but growth will slow to a crawl during the first half of this year, a panel of business economists forecast Monday.

  • Home Resales Hit 10-Year Low, Prices Keep Sliding Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 11:28 AM ET
    Home prices continuing to drop.

    Sales of existing homes fell to the lowest level in nearly a decade in January while the median price for a home dropped for the fifth straight month.

  • Bargain Home Prices May Lure Buyers Back Soon Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 11:21 AM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    The distressed U.S. housing market should get a lift this spring as bargain prices lure prospective buyers, but tighter lending will limit any rebound.

  • Dollar Gains vs. Yen on Strong Stock Markets Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 8:56 AM ET
    Dollars and Euro

    The dollar and euro both gained against a weaker yen Monday as positive news for the U.S. financial sector boosted appetite for stocks and other riskier trades and helped underpin high-yielding currencies like the New Zealand dollar.

  • Greenspan Says US Growth is at Zero Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 5:24 AM ET
    On his last day as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Alan Greenspan smiles as he presides over his final Federal Open Market Committee meeting at the the Fed's headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. He is speaking to Deborah J. Danker, at left, special assistant to the board, with Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr., at right. Greenspan has held the post for more than 18 years and is widely viewed as the most successful chairman in the Fed's 92-year h

    U.S. economic growth has stalled and recovery may take longer than usual, former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said on Monday.

  • Dollar Slips vs. Euro, Yen on U.S. Recession Talk Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 3:57 PM ET
    Dollars and Euro

    The dollar fell against the yen Friday, as investors shunned risky trades such as stocks and high-yielding currencies after a brokerage downgrade of the top two U.S. home-funding companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.