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  • U.S. stock index futures dropped as fears mounted over the capital position of American International Group.

  • Financial markets are widely expecting the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates today, but they may not get their wish. Take our Poll:

  • The Consumer Price Index had its first drop in nearly two years.  Here is a breakdown of the inflation benchmark to show you where costs are rising most.

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    Don't expect the central bank to cut interest rates on Tuesday at its regularly scheduled FMOC meeting following the Lehman Brothers-Merrill Lynch-AIG developments, even though that's the action it took in March when Bear Stearns was on the ropes.

  • The already roiled markets have a new fear: the survival of AIG.

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    Attention Wall Street: Add the precipitous slowdown in consumer spending to the list of worries and reasons to think a recession is underway or imminent. 

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Fed may start considering  another interest rate cut at the end of this year or early 2009, which was widely considered out of the question a week ago.

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    Some 21 percent of those with salaries of $100,000 or more say they are living paycheck to paycheck, according to a recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com. So, if you're counting the days to your next payday, here are some tips to break out of the paycheck-to-paycheck syndrome.

  • The end result of the global economic slowdown may be the U.S. announcing national bankruptcy as the government cannot afford the bailouts that it promised and the market will not bail out the government, Martin Hennecke, senior manager of private clients at Tyche, told CNBC on Thursday.

  • Global financial leaders convened at an economic summit held at the University of Virginia to discuss the world's economic concerns. The conference tried to design a blueprint for how to solve some shared economic problems, such as the subprime mortgage crisis and rising fuel and food costs.

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    Despite a Fannie-Freddie takeover, a $168-billion stimulus measure, a housing rescue package and Fed rate cuts, the economy is still struggling.  Now what?

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    U.S. President Bush Wednesday signed into law a housing rescue plan passed by Congress as foreclosures rise and property values slump, including emergency backstop credits for the big mortgag elenders.

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    Even with Friday's rebound, the market is down for the month and still well into bear territory. The reason: Investors don't see much reason to own stocks.

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    The surprising jump in August unemployment couldn't have come at a worse time for the already struggling housing market.

  • The unemployment rate zoomed to a five-year high of  6.1 percent in August, proof of the mounting damage the economy is inflicting on workers and businesses alike.

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    The unemployment rate zoomed to a five-year high of  6.1 percent in August, proof of the mounting damage the economy is inflicting on workers and businesses alike.

  • The dual mandate of the Federal Reserve is "too complicated a job for central banks to do, where the temptation to act opportunistically becomes almost irresistible," while inflation-targeting is the right objective for a central bank, former MPC member Professor Willem Buiter told CNBC Europe in a television interview.

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    The Bank of England held interest rates steady at 5 percent Thursday, as widely expected, despite growing evidence that the UK economy is close to slipping into recession.

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    Little attention has been paid to what a recession and spike in unemployment would do to an already battered  housing market.

  • This is a timeline of the European Central Bank's rate decisions from 2007 to date.