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  • Mohamed El-Erian, co-chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co.

    The current market rally is based on temporary measures and could evaporate once government stimulus has run its course, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • Global Markets

    The International Monetary Fund has revised up its forecast for economic growth this year and next in major industrialised economies and worldwide, according to a document obtained by Reuters on Friday.

  • White knights are hard to nail down as the savvy start hedging their bets and bear season arrives on Wall Street. The Lehman Brothers rumor mill heats up and investors turn a cold shoulder on stocks, as the indices enter bear-market territory.

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher on Thursday gave a muted outlook for the U.S. economy, saying a long period of slow growth lies ahead even when the recession ends.

  • Federal Budget Deficits

    Last week the Congressional Budget Office released its revised estimates for the federal government budget over the next ten years. It should come as no surprise that the outlook has deteriorated even since the CBO's last report just five months ago.

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    False optimism wars with bad omens. Lehman Brothers gained 5 percent following news that Ospraie Fund, a commodities fund in which Lehman had a 20 percent stake, was closing and would return money to investors after incurring big losses in 2008. The dollar hit an 11-month high against the euro, as belief spread that the credit crunch tsunami would turn on Europe—and that the U.S. had already weathered the worst.

  • There are a few things that no rally can survive. Find out what they are.

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    New documents show Federal Reserve policymakers had greater confidence in August that the recession was ending and felt comfortable slowing the pace of one of its economic revival programs.

  • Sheila Bair

    Commercial loans are likely to be the biggest drivers of future bank failure, Sheila Bair, Chairman of Federal Deposits Insurance Corporation, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • 1822 Half Eagle

    With bullion prices soaring in recent years, gold and silver coins have become a hot-ticket item among investors looking for diversification, but the rare coin market itself is on something of a roll.

  • Gold Bricks

    Whether  as a hedge against inflation or a safe haven in a  perilous world, precious metals may not be precious anymore but they remain dear in the heart of prudent investors.

  • William Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve talks about economic growth, Treasury auctions, inflation and what the Fed has learned from the economic crisis.

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    New York hedge fund manager John Paulson has replaced Warren Buffett as the nation's most influential investor, in the opinion of three of tonight's Fast Money traders.  It's too early to know if Paulson really will be seen as the "Warren Buffett of our lifetime," as one of those traders boldly puts it, but his star is shining very brightly right now on Wall Street.

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    Orders for durable goods rose last month by the largest amount in two years, but the rise was mainly fueled by the volatile transportation sector.

  • Mohamed El-Erian, co-chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faces a slew of challenges in his second term that will determine whether the US rebounds strongly from recession, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

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    Warren Buffett hasn't spoken out publicly today, but we assume he's happy with President Barack Obama's announcement this morning that Ben Bernanke will be nominated for a second term as Federal Reserve Chairman.   Despite his concerns the government's efforts to revive the economy over the last year will probably lead to serious inflation down the road, Buffett has repeatedly endorsed Bernanke's performance at the Fed, calling him the best person for the job.

  • President Barack Obama announced Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's reappointment this morning. The following are CNBC video highlights, where experts weigh in on Bernanke's performance, working relationships and impact on the markets.

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    "The next phase is almost as difficult as the first one he presided over in saving the economy from a deeper recession or worse,” says one economist.

  • Credit Card Swipe

    The rate at which credit card holders fell behind on their payments was far worse in the second quarter than it was last year, but did improve sharply from the alarming level seen in the first three months of 2009.

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    Millions of older people face shrinking Social Security checks next year, the first time in a generation that payments would not rise.