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  • Trade Gap Narrows in July to $59.2 Billion Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 9:48 AM ET

    The U.S. trade deficit narrowed slightly in July as exports continued to grow this year at a stronger pace than imports, even though both categories set records, a Commerce Department report showed on Tuesday.

  • China's consumer price inflation jumped to 6.5% in August, the highest level since December 1996, as a shortage of pork contributed to a surge in food prices.  The inflation rate, up from 5.6% in July, easily surpassed economists' forecasts of 5.9% and cemented expectations that the central bank will keep tightening monetary policy.

  • Fed Can Help U.S. Avoid Recession: Economists Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 2:41 PM ET
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    Economists are clearly worried about the U.S. falling into a recession, but they also believe the Federal Reserve can help prevent one by cutting interest rates.

  • Fed's Fisher: Economy Weathering Housing Troubles Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 1:30 PM ET
    Janet Yellen

    Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher on Monday said the U.S. economy appears to be weathering troubles in housing and financial markets, but it was uncertain how things will play out.

  • Janet Yellen's Speech to the NABE Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

    The prepared text from Janet Yellen's speech to the National Association for Business Economics’ Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California

  • Wall Street Awaits Fed Announcement Sunday, 9 Sep 2007 | 3:23 PM ET

    There are 6 1/2 trading sessions until the Federal Reserve says for certain whether it's lowering interest rates. They're apt to be some of the most anxiety-ridden times on Wall Street in years.

  • Video Roundup: What Investors Should Do Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 5:38 PM ET

    CNBC talks to the the experts about what investors should do in this market.

  • Economic Outlook: The Week Ahead Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 4:17 PM ET

    Investors will look in the coming week for any signs of calm returning to distressed money and credit markets and await a signal from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on whether an interest rate cut is imminent.

  • Video Roundup: What the Experts Say Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 4:01 PM ET

    August non-farm payroll employment dropped by 4,000, the weakest monthly report in four years. Strategists, analysts and economists offer CNBC their insights.

  • U.S. Officials Says Job Fall Won't Stall Economy Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 2:04 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    Bush administration officials Friday sought to ease fears the U.S. was tipping into recession after a government report showed the economy shed jobs for the first time in four years last month.

  • Retailers Hit by Worries About Consumer Spending Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 1:08 PM ET
    Cash Register

    A surprise drop in U.S. jobs  could scare consumers into shutting their wallets during the key holiday shopping season.

  • IMF Expects World Growth Estimates to Be Cut Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 10:57 AM ET

    International Monetary Fund Managing Director Rodrigo Rato said on Friday he expected a downward revision of IMF world growth estimates for 2007 and 2008 because of global credit turmoil.

  • 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

    Alan Greenspan, once the world's top central banker, said ongoing credit  turmoil reminded him of the 1987 and 1998 market crises.

  • Fed's Fisher Says Inflation Moving in Right Direction Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 5:14 PM ET

    Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher said on Thursday that there is still a lot of analysis ahead before the next Fed decision on interest rates.

  • Market's New Worry: What If Fed Doesn't Cut Rates? Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 3:39 PM ET
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    The markets are expecting a rate cut. The Federal Reserve is reluctant to give them one. Add to the mix some surprisingly good economic news. What've you got? A lot of confusion.

  • Mortgage Watch: Why Libor May Cost You Money Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 2:34 PM ET
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    Most homeowners probably don't know what it is--or even how to pronounce it.  But the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, is having a noticeable impact on adjustable rate mortgages.

  • Fed's Kroszner Says Mortgage Crisis Could Hit Economy Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 2:11 PM ET

    Turmoil stemming from subprime mortgage delinquencies could dampen demand for homes and ultimately slow economic growth, Federal Reserve Governor Randall Kroszner said Thursday.

  • Fed's Poole: Avoid Overreacting to Queasy Markets Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 2:05 PM ET

    Turbulence buffeting global financial markets risks tipping economies into recession but policy makers must avoid overreacting to it for fear of making the situation worse, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President William Poole said on Thursday.

  • Service Sector Growth Steady in August Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 11:27 AM ET

    U.S. service sector growth held steady in August, although employment conditions deteriorated to their weakest level in nearly five years, according to a report released Thursday.

  • Monster U.S. Online Jobs Index Edges Up in August Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 4:45 AM ET

    A gauge of U.S. labor demand was higher in August but recruitment activity recovered lessthan it typically does in the month, in another sign of a cooling job market, a report said Thursday.