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  • Stocks pared their gains Wednesday after the Fed said the economy was improving and it planned to gradually slow the pace of Treasury buying.

  • Stocks pared their gains Wednesday after the Fed said the economy was improving and it planned to gradually slow the pace of Treasury buying.

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    The Federal Reserve said it will extend to the end of October a program to buy longer-term government securities, and it kept interest rates steady near zero as expected. Following is the Fed's full statement.

  • Stocks advanced Wednesday as investors got some much-needed good news on the economy, including a report that showed existing-home sales — and home prices — have started to rise.

  • Nassim Taleb

    Incompetent policymakers are to blame for a financial crisis that will continue until substantial changes are made, "Black Swan" author Nassim Taleb told CNBC.

  • Nouriel Roubini

    The world economy still risks a double-dip recession if oil prices rise toward $100 per barrel and if huge U.S. government debts frighten investors, Nouriel Roubini, professor of economics and chairman of RGE Monitor, told CNBC.

  • Expect the Fed to continue their purchase of Treasuries, agency debt, and mortgage-backed securities and most feel the Fed will leave the purchase programs as is and not expand the programs.

  • Futures indicated a slightly higher open for the U.S. stock market Wednesday, following the previous day's losses of roughly 1 percent, ahead of the Federal Reserve policymakers' issuance of their latest economic pronouncements at about 2:15 p.m. New York time.

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    Proprietors of small businesses have become more pessimistic as their worries grow about whether business conditions will improve in the next six months, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

  • Federal Reserve policymakers are expected to hold a two-day meeting starting on Tuesday to determine U.S. interest rate policy. Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at Standard & Poor’s, weighed in on how this week’s decisions will affect the economy.

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    The world economy needs a second stimulus if it is to avoid the fate of Japan in the 1990s when it was stuck with years of sluggish growth, Nobel laureate and professor of economics Paul Krugman told CNBC.

  • Some of the nation's top economic forecasters have gathered for their annual pow-wow in the woods of Maine to compare notes and reflect on the state of the economy.

  • Although the U.S. economy is losing jobs at a slower rate, unemployment could still exceed 10 percent, said Tig Gilliam, CEO of staffing company Adecco North America.

  • The worst buys of the past few years, such as real estate and stocks, may prove to be the best investments a few years from now, said David Dreman, chairman and CIO of Dreman Value Management.

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    According to recently released reports from the College Board, most students and their families can expect to pay, on average, from $108 to $1,398 more than what they paid in 2008 for this year's tuition and fees, depending on the type of college.  And with inflation rates continuing to increase, these costs will likely double and even triple in the years to come.  Although these costs are quite daunting, there are ways that parents and kids can prepare themselves for the sticker shock of attending college. 

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    Employment compensation for U.S. workers has grown over the past 12 months by the lowest amount on record, reflecting the severe recession that has gripped the country.

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    Tens of thousands of unsafe or decaying bridges carrying 100 million drivers a day must wait for repairs because states are spending stimulus money on spans that are already in good shape or on easier projects like repaving roads, an Associated Press analysis shows.

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    Friday's GDP report is expected to show the economy shrank further in the second quarter, but many economists believe the recession has finally hit bottom.

  • Looking for a good brawl. Just head over to Wall Street and start talking Fed exit strategy.

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    Curbs on speculation in oil probably would decrease volatility but push prices lower only in the short term, energy trading experts say.