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  • Consumer Confidence Plunges To a Two-Year Low Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 10:48 AM ET
    Cash Register

    U.S. consumer confidence declined for the third month in a row in October to its lowest level in two years on growing concerns about weakening business conditions and the impact that could have on the job market.

  • U.S. Is Committed to Strong Dollar: Paulson Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 6:45 AM ET

    The United States is strongly committed to a strong U.S. dollar and financial markets there are recovering from the subprime loan crisis even if the housing market has yet to touch bottom, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday.

  • Fed Expected to Cut Rates To Head Off Recession Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 5:07 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve is expected to lower interest rates again this week as insurance against the threat that declining home prices and higher borrowing costs will push the economy into recession.

  • Fed Rate Cut Not Sure Thing: WSJ Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 5:01 AM ET

    A Federal Reserve interest rate cut this week is no sure thing and officials are not seriously considering a half-point reduction in overnight rates, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday without citing sources.

  • China Eyes Fiscal, Pricing Reforms to Help Economy Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 11:40 PM ET

    China must continue to liberalize its exchange rate regime and key areas of the economy to ward off overheating but should be cautious about opening strategic sectors to foreign investment, a top official said on Tuesday.

  • Japan's September Jobless Rate, Spending Rises Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 10:31 PM ET

    Unemployment in Japan rose to 4.0 percent last month, reinforcing expectations the Bank of Japan will delay its next rate rise, but household spending jumped.

  • Hot Weather Lifts Japan's September Retail Sales 0.5% Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | 11:50 PM ET

    Japanese retail sales rose unexpectedly in September from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, suggesting consumer spending may be picking up in accordance with moderate improvement in workers' income conditions.

  • BOJ Is Seen Cutting Growth Forecast, Keeping Scenario Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | 11:37 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan is seen cutting its growth and inflation forecasts and stressing more the downside risks, as markets push back still further into next year expectations of when the central bank will next increase rates.

  • China's Policy Tightening to Continue: Central Banker Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | 10:33 PM ET

    China will stay the course on monetary tightening and keep a lid on money supply and credit growth, a top central bank official said.

  • Japanese core consumer prices fell from a year earlier in September, as expected, marking the eighth straight month of decline and doing little to change expectations that the Bank of Japan's monetary policy will be on hold for now.

  • Orders for Big-Ticket Goods Fall More than Expected Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | 11:32 AM ET

    Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods unexpectedly fell again in September, raising new worries about how much harm a severe housing slump and credit crunch are causing the overall economy.

  • Buffett: Subprime Woes May Linger for Up to 2 Years Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | 8:30 AM ET

    American billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Thursday he remains negative on prospects for the U.S. dollar and that problems in the U.S. subprime mortgage sector may continue to cause problems for some time. 

  • NZ Holds Rates Steady, but Vigilant on Inflation Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | 8:35 PM ET

    New Zealand's central bank held interest rates steady at 8.25 percent on Thursday, as expected, but said rising food prices and increased government spending were adding to persistent inflation pressures.

  • Australia's Core Inflation Jumps, Rings Rate Alarm Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | 1:29 AM ET

    Underlying inflation in Australia speeded past expectations last quarter to hit the very top of the central bank's target range, sharply lifting the risks of a hike in interest rates as early as next month.

  • Japan's September Trade Surplus Hits Record High Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 9:45 PM ET

    Japanese exports to the United States fell in September from a year earlier at the fastest pace in four years but overall exports rose, pushing the trade surplus up to a record high.

  • Greenspan: Recession Chance 'Less than 50-50' Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 12:27 PM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    The U.S. economy still faces pressure from a drawn-out housing-market slowdown but will "probably not" slip into recession as a result, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.

  • Fed's Evans Says US Economy Is "Moving Forward" Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 8:22 PM ET

    Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said on Monday that outside of housing the U.S. economy is "moving forward," and that the Fed could not afford to go soft on inflation.

  • Gloom & Doom Economist Says Worst Is Yet to Come Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 2:51 PM ET

    Marc Faber, editor and publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, thinks the worst is yet to come for the global economy. Appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box," the economist and managing director of Marc Faber Ltd., explained his bearish outlook -- and offered advice for how to play a glum market.

  • Australia Producer Prices Add to Inflation Pressure Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | 10:44 PM ET

    Australian producer prices rose faster than expected last quarter, led by higher food and construction costs, fueling concerns consumer inflation could accelerate enough to provoke another hike in interest rates.

  • Zoellick Wins Backing for New World Bank Strategy Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | 8:38 PM ET

    World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Sunday won support from bank member countries for his strategy to lead the poverty-fighting institution for the next five years, including plans to give the private sector a bigger role in poor countries.