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  • Trichet Begs for Verbal Discipline on Euro Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 12:41 AM ET
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    Verbal discipline is key for the smooth functioning of currency markets, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet tells CNBC Frankfurt correspondent Silvia Wadhwa in an exclusive interview, a veiled plea to European leaders to stand by the ECB.

  • Rich Keep Getting Richer Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 2:17 PM ET

    The gap between America's richest and poorest is at its widest in at least 25 years, with the wealthiest taking home a record share of the nation's income that exceeds even the previous high in 2000.

  • 'Tame' Inflation Cheers Investors, Not Consumers Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 1:37 PM ET
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    While investors cheered Friday's relatively benign report on wholesale prices in September, consumers might not find much to be happy about.

  • Consumer Sentiment Edges Lower in October Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 10:35 AM ET

    U.S. consumer sentiment fell slightly in early October to its lowest in more than a year as uncertainty grew about the extent of the housing slump, a survey released Friday showed.

  • Euro-Zone Industrial Output Rose in August Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 8:49 AM ET

    Euro-zone industrial production rose much more than expected in August, the European Union's statistics office said, raising hopes of continued strong growth despite a rising euro and the global credit crunch.

  • Euro-Zone Growth Resists Turmoil: ECB Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 8:47 AM ET

    Financial market turbulence has so far failed to dent the euro zone economy and inflation dangers remain, European Central Bank policymakers said on Friday.

  • Bush Says He Believes in Strong Dollar Policy Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 1:56 AM ET

    President Bush said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal Thursday that he believes in a "strong dollar policy" and that a trade war with China is not in the US interest.

  • US Home Foreclosures Fall 8% in September Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 1:52 PM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    US home foreclosure filings decreased 8% in September from a 32-month peak in August, though they are still nearly double their year-ago levels, a report said on Thursday.

  • Look Who's Worried About the Dollar Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 1:07 PM ET

    Citizen Bill Clinton just came back from Europe and he says, "It was expensive over there."I asked the former president if he were he still in the White House, would he be concerned about the weakening dollar, and he said he certainly would. "At this level, it's alright, but if it keeps falling it could become precarious," he said.

  • Economy Shows Strength As Jobs, Exports Improve Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 10:58 AM ET
    Container werden am 2. August 2007 im Terminal Burchardkai der Hamburg Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in Hamburg verladen. Im Containerterminal Burchardkai wurden 2006 rund 2,9 Millionen Standardcontainer umgeschlagen. Hamburg ist als Nummer neun unter den Top Ten der weltgroessten Containerhaefen. (AP Photo/Kai-Uwe Knoth) 
--- Oversea containers are handled at the container terminal Burchardkai in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Aug. 2, 2007. Hamburg ranks place nine among the world's biggest conta

    The U.S. economy showed signs of resilience according to data released on Thursday, with exports surging to a record in August and a weekly labor market gauge showing the number of longer-term unemployed unexpectedly fell.

  • Fed Comments Suggest Rate Cut Far From Certain Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 11:21 AM ET

    Federal Reserve officials Tuesday said the U.S. economic outlook is unclear, but credit market strains that led the central bank to cut interest rates sharply last month are easing, suggesting a follow-up rate cut is not a done deal.

  • Trading Shots On Trade Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 9:44 AM ET
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    Trade policy emerged as the hot-button issue among the nine Republican presidential hopefuls squaring off on Tuesday, but taxes, economic growth and the health of the American middle class also got their fair share of attention in the debate.

  • Refinancing Rush Pushes Mortgage Applications Up Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 7:19 AM ET
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    Demand for applications to purchase US homes and refinance existing mortgages rose last week, after total loan requests fell the prior two weeks, an industry trade group said on Wednesday.

  • Economists Cut Forecasts for US Growth in 2008 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 3:41 AM ET

    US economists have chopped their forecasts for 2008 economic growth for a third straight month, saying the housing slump will be deeper and last longer than earlier expected, a survey released on Wednesday showed.

  • Singapore Tightens Monetary Policy, Economy Grows 6.4% Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 12:46 AM ET

    Singapore's central bank unexpectedly moved to keep inflation in check by tightening its monetary policy and allowing the Singapore dollar to rise, amid signs that it is worried over rising prices.  Separately, the economy grew a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.4% in the third quarter.

  • GOP Presidential Debate: The LIVE Blog Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 5:55 PM ET

    Up to the minute blog of the CNBC/MSNBC/WSJ GOP Presidential Debate in Dearborn, Michigan.

  • Fed Was United in Cutting Interest Rates Last Month Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 3:03 PM ET
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    All of the Fed's policy-setting committee agreed that a half-point cut in rates was needed to shield the economy from credit disruptions and the housing slowdown, minutes of the Sept. 18 meeting showed.

  • Greenspan Says U.S. Economic Growth Is Slowing Sunday, 7 Oct 2007 | 11:55 AM ET

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Sunday that the rate of U.S. economic growth was slowing, but the odds of a recession are less than 50%.

  • U.S. Budget Deficit Narrows in Fiscal Year 2007 Sunday, 7 Oct 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    The U.S. federal budget deficit fell to $161 billion in fiscal 2007 from $248 billion the prior year as growth in tax receipts, fueled by capital gains and other non-withheld income, outstripped spending growth, the Congressional Budget Office said on Friday.

  • Jobs Report Misses Growing Number of Contractors Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 12:54 PM ET

    The Labor Department's jobs number tracks people in the work force, but it doesn't account for millions of workers classified as independent contractors. Now, a battle is brewing over whether contractors like Gupertino Magana are getting a fair deal.