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Congress Political Leaders


  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    With S&P’s downgrade of the United States’ credit rating from AAA to AA, many are speculating on how markets and U.S. authorities will respond.

  • Barack Obama

    There he goes again. Out on the campaign trail, President Obama is proposing more federal spending as his answer to sluggish growth and jobs. That won’t do it, Mr. President.

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    Just imagine what would have happened to the markets if the debt ceiling wasn't raised. Yesterday, the equity markets fell off a small cliff and gave back the gains for the year. Today, we are watching the markets on a roller coaster ride as investors try to figure out what is really happening in the economy.

  • Fratto: QE3-peat? Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 1:43 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee meets next week to consider monetary policy in light of economic developments since its previous meeting in June. Given the steady stream of weak economic data, it can be expected that the FOMC will at least discuss a further round of quantitative easing – potentially a “QE3” to follow up last fall’s move to QE2.

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    After the Dow Jones fell by 500 points on Thursday, European indices also faced a sell-off at Friday's open.

  • Rotblut: The Economy, Politicians and Market Timing Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    If part of your investing strategy this year is based on the presidential cycle, you need to acknowledge that things are not going as planned. Streaks last until they don’t. Similarly, if your investing strategy is based on an economic recovery, you will need to acknowledge that growth has slowed.

  • Faber: Brace for a Global 'Reboot' and a War Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 7:51 AM ET
    Dr. Marc Faber

    Markets could rebound after Thursday's global sell-off, but investors should see any bounce as a selling opportunity, as the world economy rolls towards total collapse, Mark Faber, editor and publisher of the Boom, Doom and Gloom Report told CNBC Friday.

  • Don’t Sell Into Selling Climax: Jim Rogers Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 7:18 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    Investors should not sell into a selling climax, according to Jim Rogers, the CEO and Chairman of Rogers Holdings.

  • Downgrade Threat Affecting Treasurys' Appeal? Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 6:47 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    With the threat of failure to reach a debt deal finally out of the way and the worsening global macroeconomic picture gripping investors, it has been a win- win for US Treasurys so far.

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    Is it time to buy gold or flee to cash? With all of the hyperbole in the market on Friday following the 500 point fall in the Dow Jones Industrial average on Thursday, and heavy selling in Asia and Europe Friday, the answer might be bottled water, tinned food and shovels.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    Jean-Claude Trichet tried his best to provide reassurance to investors on Thursday.

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    Technical factors played a role in Thursday's unsettling market moves, including the disorderly across-the-board collapse in the price of risk assets in the final hour of trading and the related surge in U.S. Treasuries. But they were not the cause. Rather, they amplified three factors that will determine the fate of markets in the weeks ahead.

  • Farrell: On a Day Like Today: Un-React Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 4:54 PM ET

    What are you gonna do when the financial world is falling apart, again. This has to be the 12th or 20th (maybe 50th) time the world has ended during my career.

  • Commodities Tomorrow Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities Tomorrow

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Will Germany Save the Euro From Collapse? Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 12:33 PM ET

    The euro will collapse as a currency unless lawmakers, and especially Germany, can agree a common European tax regime and restructure some sovereign debt, a leading market analyst told CNBC.com after the European Central Bank intervened in the markets.

  • Fratto: Mid-Session Review a Mid-Summer No-Show Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 10:57 AM ET

    Lost in the whirlwind of the epic debt ceiling debate is the absence of attention to the usual mid-summer White House report resetting the Administration’s economic assumptions and fiscal outlook.

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    Whether it’s the uncertainty of the new health care provisions, the plethora of proposed regulations included in Dodd-Frank, or the current budget and debt debate — one thing is for sure: small business owners are faced with an unprecedented amount of uncertainty.

  • Gold

    The price of gold could almost double as central banks' reserves are depleted, according to the chairman of a gold industry association.

  • Italy Is Rich but Needs Growth: Italian Bank CEO Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 4:45 AM ET
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    The CEO of Italy’s biggest bank told CNBC that despite that country's high debt levels, the country is rich enough to cover its national debt.

  • Silvio Berlusconi

    It was billed as one of the most important speeches of Silvio Berlusconi’s political career, amid a crisis that threatens to engulf Italy and the euro zone. Unfortunately when he stood in front of lawmakers, his pledges on boosting growth offered very few details and led to skepticism from analysts.