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  • A Real Recipe for US Job Recovery Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 1:40 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking on downgrade

    I’ve got a few thoughts on this so-called Obama jobs plan, scheduled for release next week. For starters, let’s be clear: Government doesn’t create jobs. It’s the private sector that creates jobs. And that’s precisely what President Obama has been missing for nearly three years now.

  • Analysts Weigh In on Bill Gross 'Mistake' on Bonds Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 11:02 AM ET

    Pimco's manager in charge of the world's largest bond fund, Bill Gross, may have made a mistake when betting against US bond prices earlier this year, but the economy has deteriorated faster than anyone had appreciated, analysts told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Central Banks Cannot Go Bust—But Can Cause Trouble Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 5:16 AM ET
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    With speculation growing that the Fed could pull the trigger on QE3 next month and the ECB buying up bonds in the euro zone, analysts at ING in Amsterdam have been asking if it is possible for a central bank to go bust.

  • Don't Bet on 'Bernanke Put': Analyst Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 8:19 AM ET
    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is unlikely to announce a third round of quantitative easing in his Jackson Hole speech this afternoon, Tony Fratto, the director of Hamilton Place Strategies, a public policy research firm, told CNBC.

  • US Downgrade: Is S&P to Blame — or Congress? Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 5:53 AM ET
    Deven Sharma, president of Standard & Poor's, testifies before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, D.C., U.S., in July 2011.

    The fact that Deven Shama, the president of Standard & Poor’s, has stood down from his job just a couple of days after the agency downgraded the United States' credit rating has raised questions over whether he is being made into a scapegoat to deflect political pressure on the credit ratings agency.

  • 10 Major Architectural Failures Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 4:09 PM ET
    People make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes happen on the job. Usually, the incident is corrected and the whole thing is forgotten within minutes. However, the workplace mistake is harder to ignore when the person who makes it is an architect. After all, when the teenager working the drive-thru window gives you a Quarter Pounder instead of a Big Mac, it causes a lot less trauma than when a 3,000 foot long suspension bridge collapses into the Puget Sound.In , the legendary American archite

    These mistakes are big, costly and spectacular. What are some of the more notable architectural failures in modern history?

  • An Interview with Richard Fisher Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 12:24 PM ET

    He believes the Fed has created enough liquidity, but it's tax and regulatory barriers that have blocked growth and job creation. He also responds to GOP attacks on the Fed.

  • One-on-One with Fed's Fisher Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 7:15 PM ET
    One-on-One with Fed's Fisher

    Richard Fisher, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas president & CEO, discusses the day's market rout.

  • Bashing EPA Is New Theme in GOP Race Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 10:33 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addresses the Blackhawk County Republican annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa.

    The Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as a favorite target of the Republican presidential candidates, who portray it as the very symbol of a heavy-handed regulatory agenda imposed by the Obama administration that they say is strangling the economy. The New York Times reports.

  • SEC Files Were Illegally Destroyed: Lawyer Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 1:26 AM ET
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    An enforcement lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission says that the agency illegally destroyed files and documents related to thousands of early-stage investigations over the last 20 years, according to information released Wednesday by Congressional investigators, reported the New York Times.

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    With the 10-year Treasury yield reaching lows not seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, some experts argue that a volatile economic climate with a recession is now likely.

  • Valliere: Thank You, Tea Party Know-Nothings Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 10:36 AM ET

    As a long-time bond bull, my gratitude to the know-nothings in the Tea Party is profound. So what if they played a major role in taking a thousand points off the stock market in the wake of the U.S. debt downgrade?

  • Low Rates May Do Little to Entice Nervous Consumers Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 8:47 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve’s announcement  that it intended to keep credit cheap for at least two more years was a clear invitation to Americans: Go out and borrow. But many economists say it will take more than low interest rates to persuade consumers, a crucial driver of the nation’s economy, to take on more debt, the New York Times reports.

  • Why You Should Trade Currency Pleasure for Pain Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 8:34 PM ET

    In a week like the one just ended, it's worth giving up some pleasure to avoid more pain, these strategists say.

  • President Obama plans to leave next week for vacation on Martha's Vineyard.  With all that is going on in the country and around the world, should he cancel his trip? Vote now.

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    There are several things that can be done to help turn the market around, including leaders from Washington and around the world canceling their vacations to go back to work, Jim Cramer said Thursday.

  • Here’s the first super-committee interview with newly appointed member Sen. Pat Toomey.

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    The past week's market drops and swings are dizzying. Everyday people are commenting that it is scarier than 2008. Now, that probably isn't true because no one is anticipating the inability to take money out of ATMs or the commercial paper market shutting down. Yet, there is something unnerving about the market declines, the uncertainty surrounding the economy and the lack of confidence in political leaders.

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    We had a flash crash. Then we had a flash rally. Now we're flashing again to the downside. I think we should all go away for a few days and give it a rest.

  • Pound Slips, Swiss Franc Can't Stay Down Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 7:56 AM ET

    The Bank of England is gloomy and the Swiss franc can't stop rising - it's your daily FX Fix.