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  • Recession. Bear market. Credit crunch. Is it better to stay out of the stock market or use the recent selloff as a buying opportunity?

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    Talk may be cheap, but the endless chatter about a looming recession may wind up being very costly to the US economy.

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    The dollar rose Friday as investors scaled back bets for another aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cut next week and on optimism a $150 billion stimulus package would help support the U.S. economy.

  • Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui pledged on Friday to keep monetary conditions loose, reinforcing market expectations that rates will stay low, even as government data showed inflation at its highest in a decade.

  • South Korea's economy grew more than expected in the fourth quarter as capital investment picked up, data showed on Friday, but fears of a slowdown were mounting due to deepening troubles in the U.S. economy.

  • Ok, now we've got that emergency rate cut from the Fed AND the full 75 bp the markets wanted...

  • Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

    Keeping food and energy prices under control while presiding over a growing economy will be a key task for any government that emerges from the February elections, Finance Minister Salman Shah tells CNBC.com.

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    Weekly jobless claims for the second week appeared to defy the conclusion that conditions in the labor market are pointing to a recession.

  • President Bush ocomments on the US Economy from the White House, with Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, right.

    President Bush on Friday called for about $145 billion worth of tax relief and other incentives to stimulate a sagging economy and fend off a possible recession.

  • Dollar and Euro

    The dollar fell against the euro on Thursday as strong German business confidence data andtough inflation comments by a European Central Bank policy-maker dashed hopes for a near-term interest rate cut in the euro zone.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Forget a half-point cut. Wall Street is now speculating that the Fed will lower rates another three-quarters of a point next week.

  • European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    ECB President Trichet appears to shun an interest rate cut in favor of fighting inflation, contributing to another round of selling in global stock markets.

  • The recent financial turmoil has many causes, but they are tied to a basic fear that some of the economic successes of the last generation may yet turn out to be a mirage.

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    The slowing economy will not sink into an election-year recession and an economic rebound is likely beginning next year, the CBO forecast Wednesday.

  • Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    There was a time when many thought Europe and the rest of the global economy might finally be able to withstand a downturn in the US. So much for wishful thinking. The spectre of a recession on top of a malignant credit crunch is the talk of the town.

  • The Federal Reserve's decision to slash interest rates by 75  basis points on Tuesday was a bold, well measured move to avoid a sharp slowdown in the U.S. economy, John Snow, former U.S. Treasury Secretary & chairman of Cerberus Capital, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe."

  • Dollar and Euro

    The yen rose across the board on Wednesday as falling European stocks encouraged investors to reduce exposure to risky assets and unwind carry trades despite the Federal Reserve's hefty interest rate cut.

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    Economic slowdown and market disruption is the talk of Davos, in official forums, on camera and informal chats in halls and shuttle vans. Other issues like the environment and health are taking a back seat.

  • Ok, now we've got that emergency rate cut from the Fed AND the full 75 bp the markets wanted...

  • Australia's core inflation rate accelerated to its fastest pace in 16 years last quarter, adding greatly to the domestic case for a rise in interest rates even as turmoil in global markets seemed to argue against one.