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  • Stocks Close Lower After Fed Rally Fizzles Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 3:28 PM ET

    A stock rally fueled by the Fed's latest interest rate cut lost momentum in the final hour after CNBC reported that two big bond insurers could be downgraded as early as today.

  • Dolls Stumbles Against Euro After Fed Move Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 3:06 PM ET

    The dollar fell sharply against the euro on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve slashed benchmark interest rates by 50 basis points and said downside risks remain for growth.

  • Text: FOMC Statement Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its January 29-30 meeting on interest rate policy.

  • Fed Cuts Rates Half Point; More Reductions Possible Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 2:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate another half point, as expected, and sparked a stock market rally by signaling that further rate cuts are possible.

  • Fed Expected to Cut Rates Another Half Point, to 3% Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:18 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Fed is expected to lower U.S. interest rates another half-point Wednesday as part of an ongoing  effort to bolster the economy.

  • Fed's Outlook May Matter More Than Any Rate Cut Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:09 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Though there’s been much debate over how much the Fed should cut rates,  the central bank's  statement may be more important to the Fed’s credibility and market expectations.

  • Inflation: Americans Will Be Paying More To Eat Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 10:51 AM ET

    Inflation worries continue. If the comments from companies during the last three days is any indication, Americans will be spending significantly more for food in the near future, due to significantly higher costs for corn, soybeans, sugar, and cocoa.

  • U.S. Economic Growth Skids To Five-Year Low Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
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    U.S. economic growth skidded to a five-year low of  0.6% in the fourth quarter,  reflecting the toll a slumping housing sector has taken on the national economy.

  • BoE's King Wins Second Term as Head of Central Bank Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 5:10 AM ET
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    Bank of England Governor Mervyn King won a second term as head of Britain's central bank, the Treasury said on Wednesday, ending months of speculation that he was out of favour because of the run on Northern Rock bank.

  • Your First Move For Wednesday Jan. 30th Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 7:37 PM ET
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  • Fed Chairman May Be Too Worried About Wall Street Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 3:31 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Critics of  many stripes think Bernanke is doing a poor job, whether it is lowering interest  rates for the wrong reasons or keeping them too high for too long.

  • Dollar Drifts Higher Ahead of Fed Decision Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 12:42 PM ET
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    The dollar edged up against the euro and yen Tuesday after a mixed bag of U.S. economic data led dealers to trim their bets against the currency ahead of Wednesday's policy decision by the Federal Reserve.

  • Borrowing Costs Expected to Decline Further Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 11:56 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    U.S. individuals and businesses are likely to see their borrowing costs drop further as the Federal Reserve weighs another interest-rate reduction to bolster a sagging economy.

  • Stocks to Nibble At While Waiting for Market Bottom Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    Recession. Bear market. Credit crunch. Is it better to stay out of the stock market or use the recent selloff as a buying opportunity?

  • Is the US Just Talking Itself Into a Recession? Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 11:48 AM ET
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    Talk may be cheap, but the endless chatter about a looming recession may wind up being very costly to the US economy.

  • Dollar Rises as US Economic Fears Recede Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 12:26 PM ET
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    The dollar rose Friday as investors scaled back bets for another aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cut next week and on optimism a $150 billion stimulus package would help support the U.S. economy.

  • Fukui Talks Low Rates Despite Japan Inflation Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 10:16 PM ET

    Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui pledged on Friday to keep monetary conditions loose, reinforcing market expectations that rates will stay low, even as government data showed inflation at its highest in a decade.

  • South Korea's Economic Growth Tops Forecasts Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 7:27 PM ET

    South Korea's economy grew more than expected in the fourth quarter as capital investment picked up, data showed on Friday, but fears of a slowdown were mounting due to deepening troubles in the U.S. economy.

  • And What is the ECB Waiting For?!?!?! Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 4:13 PM ET

    Ok, now we've got that emergency rate cut from the Fed AND the full 75 bp the markets wanted...

  • Pakistan Battles Inflation, Not Just Militants Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 12:59 PM ET
    Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

    Keeping food and energy prices under control while presiding over a growing economy will be a key task for any government that emerges from the February elections, Finance Minister Salman Shah tells CNBC.com.