Jeff Cox is the finance editor for CNBC.com where he manages coverage of the financial markets and Wall Street. His stories are routinely among the most-read items on the site each day as he interviews some of the smartest and most well-respected analysts and advisors in the financial world. He also is a frequent guest on CNBC.
Over the course of a journalism career that began in 1987, Cox has covered everything from the collapse of the financial system to presidential politics to local government battles in his native Pennsylvania.
Cox joined CNBC in 2007 just as the worst of the credit crisis was about to explode and as the website was still in the infancy of its new rollout.
He helped chronicle the collapse of Bear Stearns and then Lehman Brothers, writing insightful and important stories about the demise of some of Wall Street's leading names and how investors could navigate their way through the crisis. His articles also have appeared on the Web for USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo Finance and other CNBC partners.
Cox co-authored with Peter Tanous the 2011 book "Debt, Deficits and the Demise of the American Economy."
Prior to coming to CNBC, Cox worked at CNNMoney where he wrote a series of analyses, which were the first to tie the surging demand for ethanol to rising prices at the supermarket. He wrote extensively on alternative energy while at CNN and covered technology as well.
He has received multiple awards over the course of his career, including from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers as well as newspaper associations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association cited him twice for commentary, including a series of columns he wrote after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
He also served as lead editor for award-winning projects on gangs, child molestation and the cost of education, a project on which he spoke at Columbia University. The cost of education series was honored by the New Jersey Press Association for public service journalism.
In all, Cox spent 18 years in print, including nine years in senior editing positions.
A graduate of Bloomsburg University, Cox lives in Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River, with his wife, MaryEllen.
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Over the past 13 years, the S&P 500 index has crisscrossed 1350—as it did on Monday—at least half a dozen times. But only once has it managed to keep going. The other times it soon fell back.
With investors convinced stocks are going higher, economic data improving and Greece's debt crisis moving toward a conclusion, now could be the perfect time for a market pullback.
Investors who counted on an orderly resolution to the Greek debt crisis appear to have gotten what they wanted. But the question now is: What happens next?
Homeowners who kept up on their payments would lose while those who fell behind would win under an apparent deal between big banks and state governments, banking analyst Dick Bove said.
Government intervention has prevented the real estate market from healing, with the commercial sector hit especially hard, investor Sam Zell said.
All those sidelined investors waiting for a good entry point to the stock market may have watched a perfectly good rally pass them by.
This year's market gains will need more than an improving economic picture and investor willingness to shrug off Europe's debt crisis, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.
"You have a backdrop where there's a lot of money that wants to get better return, but people are not willing to take the risk of going all the way into stocks," says an investment strategist.
Friday's market rally featured the latest round in the battle of whether a gradually improving US economy can outweigh Europe fears, with the home team winning—at least for the moment.
A market priced for perfection will start to wilt when investors realize things aren't particularly perfect.
The date for liftoff will matter, particularly if the Fed moves in a month that's likely to be highly volatile.
Day traders took a decidedly bullish stance through leveraged ETFs last week, and that could point to more volatility.
This has been the scariest week in stock market history, at least by one significant measure.
Ray Dalio's fund slumped in August and some investors blame the strategy of such funds for the volatility that slammed stocks and commodities.
For all the talk about the 250,000 jobs a month the economy is creating, workers' real wages are going backward.
Volatility could probably last anywhere from three to four months, Brian Jacobsen of Wells Fargo said.