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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher said on Friday that it will take some time for interest-rate cuts the Federal Reserve has made since last September to kick in and boost the economy.

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    This week the Philadelphia Federal Reserve reported contraction in its business activity index, hitting a minus 24 for the month and down further from the minus 20.9 reading in January.  As a slowdown in the Mid-Atlantic region worsens, one of our editors wondered what is happening to Philly Feed (i.e., the Philly Cheesesteak) as the Philly Fed points to a slowing economy.

  • Romanian Economy and Finance Minister, Varujan Vosganian

    The impact of the turmoil in the international financial markets on Romania is likely to be limited, as the country enjoys robust economic growth and private lending is still at low levels, Economy and Finance Minister Varujan Vosganian told CNBC.com on Thursday.

  • The dollar fell to two-week lows Thursday after data showing a much sharper-than-expected contraction in U.S. Mid-Atlantic factory activity this month made investors brace for more Federal Reserve rate cuts.

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    Contraction in U.S. Mid-Atlantic factory production accelerated in February as manufacturers pulled back in anticipation of an economic downturn, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve.

  • Euro zone economic growth is expected to slow to 1.8 percent this year from 2.7 percent in 2007, while inflation should stay well above the European Central Bank target, the European Commission said on Thursday.

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    Lately, many people are hearing an echo — faintly perhaps but distinctly audible — of the stagflation of the 1970s.

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    Japan's exports rose more than expected in January from a year earlier as solid shipments to Asia and Europe cushioned soft exports to the United States, a major destination for Japanese goods.

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    US inflation accelerated in January in a worrying sign for the Federal Reserve's campaign to bolster the flagging economy. 

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    The dollar erased gains against the euro to trade flat Wednesday after minutes of the Federal Reserve's January monetary policy meeting warned of more risks to the U.S. economic growth outlook.

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Federal Reserve lowered its projection for economic growth this year, citing damage from the housing slump and credit crunch.

  • The U.S. economy will probably avoid a recession but inflation is also a risk and the Federal Reserve must not ignore this threat as it battles weak growth, one of the Fed's top policy-makers said.