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  • Global Markets

    Australia slashed interest rates Tuesday, presaging cuts expected in Europe later this week in the face of mounting evidence that the global financial crisis has already pushed much of the world into a damaging recession.

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    Australia's central bank cut its benchmark cash rate by a bigger-than-expected 75 basis points on Tuesday, in an increasingly urgent effort to save the economy from the recession rapidly engulfing much of the developed world.

  • Plus, Cramer makes calls on Duke Energy, Kinder Morgan and China.

  • Stocks were mixed Monday as investors digested a mixed bag of economic data and marched in place ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.

  • Stocks were mixed Monday as investors digested a mixed bag of economic data and marched in place ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.

  • Stocks were flat Monday as investors digested a mixed bag of economic data and marched in place ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.

  • U.S. stock index futures moved cautiously higher Monday, after ending the crazy month of October on a high note and at the start of an events-packed week.

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    Washington, taking a page out of Hollywood, looks set to release Stimulus 2, the sequel.  And if anything, it may be the mother of all economic stimulus packages.

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    Consumer confidence suffered its steepest monthly drop on record in October, a survey showed Friday, as the worst financial crisis in generations took its toll.

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    Regulators are expected to approve a clearinghouse for credit derivative swaps in the next several weeks, CNBC has learned.

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    U.S. consumers cut their monthly spending for the first time in two years during September, evidently bracing for hard times as jobs continue to disappear and credit conditions tighten.

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    Prices in Japan kept climbing in September, the government said Friday, but the pace of inflation appears to have peaked this summer as energy costs ease.

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    A divided Bank of Japan cut interest rates for the first time in seven years on Friday, under government pressure to join the global response to the worst financial crisis in 80 years.

  • If there's been any rush here lately, it's been away from the commodity. But is that about to change? Cramer interviewed Agnico-Eagle Mines CEO Sean Boyd to find out.

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    U.S. banks' direct borrowing from the Federal Reserve fell last week, although it remained at very high levels even as the U.S. central bank made its first foray into the commercial lending markets, Fed data showed

  • Janet L. Yellen

    Recent trends in the U.S. economy are "deeply worrisome" at a time damage from the credit crunch has outpaced the Federal Reserve's huge interest rate cuts, a top Fed policy-maker said Thursday.

  • iPods, iPhones ... iBonds? The pros and cons of newly fashionable inflation bonds.

  • As the Federal Reserve slashed a key interest rate by 50 basis points on Wednesday, Pimco's Bill Gross said he expects rates to hold or decline to 1 percent.

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Oct. 28-29 meeting on interest rate policy:

  • The Federal Reserve will unveil its decision on interest rates Wednesday afternoon, and a cut is widely expected by investors. CNBC asked former Federal Reserve officials to weigh in on the upcoming decision.