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  • Global stocks were mixed Tuesday ahead of the release of the U.S. government's bank stress test results out later in the week as reports claim up to 10 banks will need to raise more capital.

  • Global stocks rose Monday ahead of the expected release of the U.S. government's bank stress test results. Experts tell CNBC if the banking system isn't fixed, governments' stimulus efforts are in vain.

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    The European Central Bank Shadow Council said it saw no need to set an interest rate floor at 1 percent, smashing official ECB proposals to prevent the rate from reaching 0 percent.

  • Global stocks were higher Friday, the first day of May, as investors were encouraged by the returns in April's strong market performance and batted off news of Chrysler's bankruptcy announcement and deepening concerns about the swine flu outbreak.

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    You've heard all the gloom and doom. Now here's some good news: the economic recovery could happen much sooner—and be much stronger—than anyone thought possible.

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    Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) has managed to get a vote scheduled for his controversial plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, but  the bill's  chances of approval are slim.

  • Global stocks rose again Thursday as investors took heart from signs of improvement in the U.S. economy after the Federal Reserve tweaked its policy statement to say that the economic outlook was improving. But experts on CNBC were mixed on when the economy will recover.

  • And if so, how do you play it? Cramer interviewed the Agnico-Eagle Mines CEO to find out if his company made the cut.

  • The U.S. economy contracted at a surprisingly sharp 6.1 percent rate in the first quarter reflecting continuing economic woes. In the meantime, President Obama marks his 100th day in office while analysts anxiously await the latest from the FOMC's interest rate decision due this afternoon. (UPDATED with the Fed decision, below). Read and listen to what experts had to say...

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    Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Apr. 28-29 meeting on interest rate policy:

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    Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) Thursday will take  so-called bankruptcy cramdown legislation to the floor, seeking a vote on the controversial proposal, say Congressional and industry sources.

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    The  economy contracted at a steeper-than-expected pace in the first quarter, weighed down by sharp declines in exports and business inventories.

  • Ahead of the May 4 bank stress test results, experts tell CNBC that the financial system may not be in the clear yet.

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    Consumers hoping that the worst of the recession is over may be setting themselves up for disappointment, a panel of economists said Tuesday.

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    The recent rise in stocks and talk about green shoots in the markets are optimistic assumptions, as the world downturn "still has a way to run," Hugh Hendry, Chief Investment Officer at Eclectica, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • It may be the safe-haven choice of the financial crisis, but experts tell CNBC that cash will underperform over the next 10 years.

  • "As the Fed and the BOE have become more sane by printing money the so called gurus like Soros and Buffett suffer a deficit of sanity. They are saying the actions of these central banks will lead to inflation. I contest that," Hugh Hendry told CNBC.

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    “One thing he excels at is setting realistic expectations with his audiences,” says one crisis management consultant. “He’s been careful not to over-promise.”

  • Global stocks were down Monday, after enjoying 7 weeks of gains, as concerns of the outbreak of swine flu spooked investors. But experts tell CNBC that stocks are still a good long-term bet.

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    The following is the full text of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's "Housing, Mortgage Markets and Foreclosures" speech issued in Washington Thursday and delivered before before the Fed conference on Housing and Mortgage Markets: