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    Japan's government put forward acting central bank governor Masaaki Shirakawa on Monday to head the Bank of Japan permanently, finally finding a candidate the veto-wielding opposition is likely to back after weeks of deadlock.

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    Australia's trade deficit blew out to a record in February as bad weather and supply bottlenecks dented exports of coal and iron ore, while solid business spending at home kept imports near all-time highs.

  • 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

    There is more than a 50 percent chance the United States could go into recession, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan told Spain's El Pais newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.

  • Is your job safe? Jonas Prising, Manpower’s executive vice president for North America, offered CNBC some tips to stay ahead of recession fears.

  • Jonas Prising, Manpower’s executive vice president for North America, offered CNBC some tips to protect your career and stay ahead of recession fears. Consider applying for one these positions: Here is Manpower's list of America's toughest jobs to fill.

  • Recessions are part of capitalism. They happen every so often. We’ve had two in the last 25 years. And it looks like we are entering a third one after today’s jobs-loss report. The unemployment rate went up to 5.1 percent. Non-farm payrolls have fallen for three straight months

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    Deepening concern over the state of the U.S. economy and its impact on Europe will lead to further uncertainty in European stock markets next week, as investors look to interest-rate decisions from major central banks for reassurance.

  • For those graduating college this year, getting a job will be a little harder than last year—but will likely pay more.

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    The dollar fell against the euro and yen Friday in volatile trading as investors digested the U.S. March jobs report and focused on the rise in the unemployment rate.

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    If recessions are best seen through the rear-view mirror, then Friday's jobs data makes the current state of the economy pretty clear.

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    US employers cut payrolls by a bigger-than-expected 80,000 in March, more evidence that the economy is in a recession.

  • The Federal Reserve has been wise to keep the dollar weak as the economy navigates its way through the current liquidity shortage, the former chairman of the central bank's Dallas branch said.

  • Janet L. Yellen

    For the second time this week, a senior Federal Reserve official conceded the United States economy could slip into recession, but suggested the central bank should wait to see if more rate cuts are needed.

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    Australia's top central banker said on Friday there were signs that domestic demand was cooling in a way that would help restrain inflation, suggesting he thought interest rates had risen enough for now.

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    Japan's government may nominate acting central bank governor Masaaki Shirakawa as permanent head of the bank, hoping that a candidate already approved by parliament will not be vetoed by opposition lawmakers, the Nikkei newspaper said on Friday.

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    The U.S. economy has taken a sharp turn for the worse and is facing a tough quarter, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Thursday.

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    The dollar gained against the euro Thursday after news the U.S. service sector shrank less than expected in March.

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    An index of chief executives' confidence in the US economy plunged to a record low last month, reflecting deeper concerns about the credit crisis and prospects for hiring.

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    Now that Wall Street has gone through its version of “Survivor”, it’s time for a reality check. The credit crunch is probably far from over and is  likely to play out like a mini-series than a reality TV show.

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    The dollar rose against the yen Wednesday, following U.S. stocks higher, as investors bet that the worst of the credit crisis may be over and grew more tolerant of risk.