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  • The benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell one full point in price Tuesday, as rising stocks curbed the safe haven appeal of U.S. government bonds, traders said.

  • Bond insurer MBIA said Tuesday that former Chairman and CEO Joseph "Jay" Brown was returning to replace current CEO Gary Dunton as the company, beset by mortgage-related losses, scrambles to maintain a top credit rating.

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    Efforts to rescue a distraught U.S. bond insurance industry could inject a positive note on Wall Street but the economic data and earnings reports are unlikely to change a downward trend.

  • It doesn't solve the real problem, the N.Y. governor said.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

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    Banks and other lenders-- from the nation's largest to those with only a few branches-- say they are tightening lending standards,  and not just for home loans.

  • Treasury debt prices rose as a series of bleak reports suggested the economy may have tipped toward recession, boosting the allure of safe-haven government bonds.

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    Investors are shying away from municipal bonds, forcing states and cities around the nation to pay sharply higher interest rates.

  • FGIC

    Financial Guaranty Insurance Corp., the third-biggest bond insurer that just lost its triple A bond rating because of subprime-related losses, plans to split into two companies, New York state Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo told CNBC.

  • Cramer's tryst with the Fed chief is over. Here's why.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • MBIA

    The two biggest U.S. bond insurers, MBIA and Ambac Financial Group, told CNBC that they don't need a government-led bailout despite billions of dollars of losses from subprime-related debt.

  • Long-dated government bond prices slid Thursday after a report showing growing exports exacerbated worries that inflation could get out of hand if the Federal Reserve keeps cutting interest rates, as signaled by the central bank's chief.

  • The bond insurer problem must be fixed, or else it could become a "financial tsunami" that wreaks havoc on the broader economy, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is due to tell the U.S. Congress on Thursday.

  • U.S. Treasury bond prices turned mixed Wednesday as credit worries offset pressure from an unexpected  increase in January retail sales.

  • There is good news and bad news today. The good news is that there have been some signs of stabilization: retail sales better than expected, commodity off their highs, and the stock market is behaving better this week.

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    Turnaround specialist Wilbur Ross said Wednesday he does not expect Warren Buffett's offer to reinsure $800 billion of municipal bond debt to succeed.

  • Cramer is standing by the beleaguered housing stock. Also, his take on Warren Buffett's bond insurer band-aid and why GM could go to $50.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • The Buffett offer to take over the insurance liability of the municipal bond part of the mortgage insurers portfolio is causing a lot of debate on the Street. The general conclusion is, good for municipal bond holders, good for furthering a solution to another piece of the credit mess, but bad for the bond insurers, and the market is reflecting that in the down prices of the insurers today.

  • Warren Buffet

    This morning on CNBC's Squawk Box, Warren Buffett publicly revealed for the first time that he has offered to reinsure $800 billion in municipal bonds now covered by the troubled insurers MBIA, Ambac and FGIC.   Here is a video and transcript of the second part of this morning's live phone conversation, which also includes Buffett's comment that stocks are in the "general range of fair value" right now.

  • Warren Buffett's offer to back the municipal bond portfolios of three monoline insurers has put some bounce into stocks today, and it's also waking up the credit markets. Buffett's offer to have his Berkshire Hathaway guarantee the $800 billion municipal bonds covered by three troubled insurers is giving a big boost of confidence to a market made anxious...

  • Treasury bond prices slid after billionaire investor Warren Buffett offered to take over some liabilities of bond insurers, easing a critical concern that has inspired flight-to-safety bond purchases.