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  • Stocks ended slightly lower Tuesday, though the Nasdaq eked out a gain. And Citigroup shares soared.

  • Ben Bernanke

    Ben was superb. He knew he had to deliver a strong message and not get bogged down by the often inane questions of our political elite. The best way to get your point across is to tell them what you're going to say, say it, and then tell them what you said. Even Congressman might hear the message.

  • Don't be so sure that the next bull market has found its footing. According to Richard Bernstein the bulls have missed something critical.

  • China's sovereign wealth fund has taken about 1 percent in drinks group Diageo, in a move which an analyst said is a sign the country is diversifying away from the US dollar.

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    With bondholders coming to the rescue of troubled commercial lender CIT Group, and not the government, a new reality is setting in for investors. With federal bailouts drying up and the economy still in distress, many more financial firms could face bankruptcy. When they do, it will be major private lenders that will have to decide whether to rescue the companies or allow them to fail.

  • Foreclosure

    Both government and industry have experienced a steep learning curve in battling foreclosures, but two years into the crisis, greater flexibility and more effective measures are combining to produce early signs of improved results.

  • The first days of earnings season seem to have lit a fire under the stock market, but investors are wondering if this week's rally is for real or just a bunch of smoke.

  • Positive comments and a better-than-expected earnings report from tech bellwether Intel could capture the imagination of investors, who have been hoping tech will rescue the earnings season.

  • There's a lot riding on Goldman Sachs' earnings report Tuesday. Already high expectations for a block buster quarter moved up a notch Monday when usually bearish banking analyst Meredith Whitney put a buy on the stock and said the firm's earnings will show a huge upside surprise.

  • The Obama administration has proposed a Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) that would regulate the fees, penalties, and interest rates for consumer products such as credit cards and mortgages. The administration believes this new agency could enforce disclosure, but do American consumers really need a new layer of regulation?

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    Earnings season should provide a fresh view of the U.S. economy and may shake the stock market out of its summer doldrums.

  • The Obama administration is considering different possibilities for assisting small businesses throughout the U.S., reports said.

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    With bad home mortgages  on the back burner, the big threat to the economy is now believed to be troubled credit card, commercial real estate and commercial industrial debt.

  • Wilbur Ross

    Investor Wilbur Ross said he has $700 million ready to invest in a mortgage-backed securities offering through the government's Public-Private Investment Program.

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    The Treasury Department on Wednesday selected nine investment managers, including BlackRock and TCW Group, to operate funds that will buy toxic securities from troubled financial institutions.

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    No one argues that the staggering deficits run up by the American government in a bid to rescue the economy are desirable, healthy or even sustainable — not if the national debt continues to swell at its current pace. But considerable debate centers on when and how vigorously to start easing off Washington’s borrowing habit, with substantial risks at both extremes, the New York Times reported.

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    Here comes the corporate earnings season, and there's no doubt it will be more important than most. Alcoa's after-the-bell report Wednesday signals the start of the second quarter reporting period, which traders say could be a turning point for a very tentative stock market.

  • I have long thought the oil market got ahead of itself. The recent strength in the price has been due more to the thought economic recovery was close at hand. As I have been writing, I think that the recovery will come, but not today.

  • Vince Farrell

    The administration isn't the only one that got flattened by the steamroller that has been our economy recently. Unemployment is at 9.5% and some of you might remember I had a bet with a Soleil director it would level at 8.5%. So much for my predictions.

  • The Mad Money host has a plan to help US households recover their savings.