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World economy still on life supportupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 22:02:00

The world economy "remains on life support" from central banks and has deteriorated since last autumn, the latest Brookings Institution-Financial Times tracking index shows, despite some recent signs of stabilisation.

CNNMoney: Will growth keep the stock rally going?updated: Sun Apr 01 2012 16:50:00

After a stellar first-quarter performance, investors are hoping the stock market can maintain its momentum into the holiday-shortened week ahead.

Gold loses shine in face of U.S. recoveryupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 02:41:00

Investors are losing their enthusiasm for gold as signs of improvement in the US economy tempt them away from the traditional haven.

CNNMoney: Economy in recovery? Not so fastupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 09:31:00

Employers are hiring, manufacturing is revving up and stocks are rallying. It looks like the recovery could finally be taking hold.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 14:17:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released Dec. 13, 2011.

China labor unrest flares as orders fallupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 21:28:00

China is facing its worst wave of labour unrest since a series of wildcat strikes at Japanese-owned car plants last year, as declining export orders force factories to reduce worker pay.

CNNMoney: A slow, slow return to growthupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 15:24:00

After a spate of speed bumps this year, the U.S. economy is starting to pick up the pace -- but the 2.5% growth forecast for 2012 still seems sluggish to most Americans, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce economist said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 12:36:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released November 2, 2011.

CNNMoney: Bernanke to Congress: Sluggish growth aheadupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 14:05:00

Fed chief Ben Bernanke told a panel of Congress on Tuesday that the central bank expects growth in the second half of the year to be "more rapid" than the first half of the year, but says the economy still faces headwinds.

CNNMoney: Bernanke to Congress: Don't mess up again. Please.updated: Fri Aug 26 2011 12:53:00

Remember that crazy, bitter debt-ceiling debate this summer? The one that created a half-baked debt reduction plan and led to the country's first-ever credit-rating downgrade?

UK chancellor: Recovery will be 'choppy and difficult'updated: Thu Aug 11 2011 12:55:00

The road to economic recovery in Britain will be "longer and harder than had been hoped" and will require continued commitment to the government's deficit-reduction program, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne told lawmakers Thursday,

CNNMoney: Fed to keep interest rates low until 2013updated: Tue Aug 09 2011 16:58:00

The Federal Reserve painted a much gloomier picture of the economy Tuesday, and indicated it would keep cash cheap and easy for at least two more years.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 15:02:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released August 9, 2011.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 12:43:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released June 22, 2011. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please click here.

CNNMoney: Colorado Springs enjoys swift revivalupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 05:34:00

The streetlights are on. The parks are being watered and weeded. The buses are running on Saturdays.

CNNMoney: IMF trims U.S. economic outlookupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 10:00:00

The International Monetary Fund on Friday lowered its forecast for U.S. economic growth, and warned that risks to the global recovery have increased.

CNNMoney: Consumer pain adds to weak job growthupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 10:52:00

A dismal jobs report defied Wall Street's expectations Friday. But considering the beating consumers have taken recently, why was anyone surprised?

CNNMoney: Manufacturing stumble threatens global recoveryupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 12:16:00

Manufacturing took a dive in China, the United States and across the eurozone in May, throwing the strength of the global economic recovery into doubt as production cooled.

CNNMoney: IMF acting director gets down to businessupdated: Thu May 19 2011 12:49:00

In his first comments since taking the helm of the International Monetary Fund, acting director John Lipsky urged policy makers Thursday to work together to strengthen the global economy.

CNNMoney: Stocks set for a pullbackupdated: Tue May 03 2011 09:14:00

U.S. stocks were set to open lower Tuesday, as investors shift focus back to the economy, and await auto sales and factory orders.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 12:48:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released April 27, 2011. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please click here.

Globalization crushing middle class?updated: Mon Apr 25 2011 07:29:00

Experts Chrystia Freeland and David Frum look at a new report on globalization and the impact on the American middle class.

Both parties abandon the joblessupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 07:29:00

In the fall of 1984, I was a student living in Boston. A high-tax manufacturing state, Massachusetts had been hit hard by the economic troubles of the 1970s. But now suddenly there were signs in every shop window: "Help wanted." Or: "Help wanted!" Or even: "Help wanted!!!"

CNNMoney: Investors cheer jobs. But what now?updated: Fri Apr 01 2011 12:39:00

The March jobs report is proof positive that the economic recovery in the United States is picking up steam.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims edge lowerupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 09:29:00

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits declined last week, according to a government report, raising optimism that the job market recovery is gaining steam.

CNNMoney: Does glass slipper still fit for small stocks?updated: Fri Mar 25 2011 13:44:00

If you root for small schools like Butler and against heavyweights like Duke in the NCAA tournament, this story is for you.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 15:24:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released March 15, 2011. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please click here.

CNNMoney: Happy 2nd birthday, bull market! What now?updated: Mon Mar 07 2011 09:18:00

The bull market is celebrating its second birthday. Banks and retail stocks have led the way but investors may want to think about changing their bets if they think the party is going to continue.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 16:33:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released Jan. 26, 2011. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please click here

CNNMoney: Aging bull: Can stocks go much higher?updated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:08:00

Stocks are hovering near their highest levels in about two and a half years. But can they climb higher from here?

CNNMoney: Bernanke: Recovery finally taking holdupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 12:29:00

The U.S. economic recovery is finally getting stronger, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.

CNNMoney: Good news is good for the dollar? Imagine that!updated: Wed Jan 05 2011 14:42:00

For a long time, you had to engage in some difficult mental gymnastics to figure out what was going on with the dollar.

CNNMoney: Growth to improve. Housing? Jobs? Not so muchupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 15:09:00

Economists are getting more bullish on U.S. economic growth. But the benefits of the stronger economy are going to take a while to reach job seekers and homeowners.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 18:21:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released Dec. 14, 2010. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please see: Fed: Recovery still not strong enough

CNNMoney: Treasury yields spike to 7-month highs after Fedupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 16:59:00

Treasuries tumbled Tuesday, sending yields to seven-month highs, after the Federal Reserve kept its bond-buying program intact and said the economy is still recovering.

CNNMoney: Thanksgiving travel: Brace for a big surgeupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 10:00:00

An improving economy is behind an expected surge in Thanksgiving travel, according to a forecast released Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 14:45:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released Nov. 3, 2010. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please see: QE2: Fed pulls the trigger.

CNNMoney: IMF sees tepid recovery in Europeupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 04:02:00

The European economy is expected to grow at a slow pace next year as the region continues to struggle with huge public deficits and the lingering effects of the financial crisis.

CNNMoney: Fed signals next move could come soonupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 15:38:00

The Federal Reserve appears ready to take additional steps soon to try to jump start the economy, but there is sharp disagreement among policymakers on the best course of action.

CNNMoney: Yields edge lower on jobless claims dataupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 16:57:00

Treasury yields dipped Thursday, ending slightly lower after a worse-than-expected reading on jobless claims fueled worries about the economic recovery.

CNNMoney: Fed: Recovery continues to slowupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 15:45:00

The U.S. economic recovery continues to lose steam, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday, but the central bank unveiled only tougher language but no new policies to try to spur growth.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 14:19:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released Sept.21, 2010.

CNNMoney: Recession officially ended in June 2009updated: Mon Sep 20 2010 16:00:00

The Great Recession ended in June 2009, according to the body charged with dating when economic downturns begin and end.

CNNMoney: FedEx: Economy improving but cutting 1,700 jobsupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 11:00:00

The outlook for a global economic recovery is still clouded by uncertainty, reflected by a mixed report from delivery giant FedEx Thursday.

CNNMoney: Fed: 'Widespread signs' economy is slowingupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 15:34:00

The economy grew at a sluggish pace through the summer months, and there are now "widespread signs" that activity is slowing, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its latest snapshot of regional economic conditions.

Fortune: 4 surprise bright spots in the economyupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 11:08:00

Good economic news has been hard to come by lately, but not all is doom and gloom in America these days. The end of summer ushered in a few signs of progress in some of the unlikeliest corners of the economy. They are no guarantee that the good times are around the corner, but they do provide a helpful reminder that this slow recovery is exactly that: a recovery.

Fortune: Where the jobs are now, and where they'll be nextupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 15:07:00

U.S. companies modestly added jobs in August, easing concerns that the nation might slip back into a recession. The latest jobs report released by the Labor Department today is better than expected. Employment in the private sector rose by 67,000 payrolls, after a revised 107,000 increase in July that was more than originally estimated. The report immediately sent stocks rallying, despite the fact that overall employment dropped and the unemployment rate climbed to 9.6% from 9.5%, as more people actively searched for jobs.

Opinion: Technology and people power can unlock Africa's potentialupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 06:36:00

In Africa, we have made great strides towards poverty reduction and broader development in recent years and indeed, we are one of the first regions to show signs of recovery from the global downturn.

Eurozone GDP data ignites recovery hopesupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 13:49:00

CNN's Jim Boulden reports on fresh hopes for an economic recovery in Europe.

Fortune: Don't blame the consumerupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 09:52:00

Consumers drive more than two-thirds of the nation's economy, and with growth hard to spot these days, it's easy to place the blame on stingy spenders. But that's a mistake.

CNNMoney: Don't panic. Growth is still growthupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 13:13:00

Investors need to follow the immortal words of the 80's one-hit wonder Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax.

CNNMoney: Fed decision: Recovery losing steamupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 16:22:00

The U.S. economic recovery is weakening, the Federal Reserve warned at the conclusion of its meeting Tuesday, its most bearish outlook in more than a year.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 14:39:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released Aug. 10, 2010. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please see: Fed: Recovery losing steam.

CNNMoney: Jobs must lead, not lag, the recoveryupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 12:41:00

It's time to put to bed this silly notion that the still weak labor market is nothing to worry about because jobs are a lagging economic indicator.

CNNMoney: Manufacturing expands in July, but at slower paceupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 10:48:00

Manufacturing activity expanded for the 12th consecutive month in July, but at a slower rate than the month before, according to a purchasing managers' index released Monday.

CNNMoney: U.S. recovery sputtersupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 12:35:00

The U.S. economy continued to grow during the second quarter, the government reported Friday. But the pace slowed more than economists were expecting, raising concern about growth - or even another recession - in the months ahead.

CNNMoney: Dollar sinks on recovery doubtsupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 11:34:00

The dollar continued to slide this week, hovering near monthly lows versus major currencies as worries about an economic slowdown weighed on investors.

CNNMoney: Stocks rally on housing, FedExupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 18:01:00

Stocks rallied Monday after FedEx's improved forecast and a better-than-expected housing market report tempered worries about the economic outlook.

CNNMoney: The world isn't flat. But the market is.updated: Mon Jul 26 2010 13:57:00

What do pancakes, tapeworms, old soda and the stock market have in common? They're all flat.

CNNMoney: UPS jumps 6% on blowout quarterupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 14:55:00

Shares of UPS surged Thursday after the world's largest delivery company reported sales and earnings that beat analysts' expectations and raised its outlook for the rest of the year.

CNNMoney: Economists see a modest pickup in hiringupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 03:43:00

The outlook for the job market has improved, according to a survey of leading economists released Monday, even as the economic recovery hit a speed bump in the second quarter.

Obama touts new battery plant as sign of recoveryupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 15:49:00

President Barack Obama on Thursday touted the clean energy technology of a new plant that will make electric car batteries as an example of economic growth created by his administration's policies.

CNNMoney: Earnings look good. But where are the jobs?updated: Tue Jul 13 2010 12:52:00

So far, so good when it comes to second quarter earnings reports.

CNNMoney: U.S. recovery takes hold, risks remain - IMFupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 11:01:00

The recovery in the U.S. economy has been stronger than expected, although growth is expected to slow over the next few years, according to the International Monetary Fund.

CNNMoney: Welcome to the BBQ recovery: Low and slowupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 14:01:00

It's now safe to dig a hole and bury the V-shaped economic recovery. It's dead.

CNNMoney: U.S. economic growth revised lowerupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 09:24:00

The economy grew at a slower pace in the first three months of this year than previously estimated, according to a government report Friday.

CNNMoney: Fed: U.S. recovery hurt by overseas woesupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 16:08:00

Federal Reserve policymakers believe the U.S. economy is still recovering, but they acknowledged the pace of growth has slowed over the past two months, due greatly to problems overseas.

CNNMoney: Treasurys extend rally after Fed decisionupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 14:54:00

Treasurys rallied Wednesday, sending the yield on the benchmark note to its lowest level in a year, as investors reacted to a record drop in new home sales and a big auction of U.S. debt, while taking an unsurprising statement from the Federal Reserve in stride.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 14:35:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released June 23, 2010. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please see: Fed: U.S. recovery hurt by overseas woes. Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April suggests that the economic recovery is proceeding and that the labor market is improving gradually.

CNNMoney: Oil rises above $77 in choppy tradingupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 15:17:00

Oil prices settled above $77 a barrel Friday after a day of choppy trading and continued concerns about oversupply of crude and slower global economic growth.

CNNMoney: Bank economists foresee 'half-hearted' recoveryupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 16:30:00

Bank economists are forecasting moderate economic growth for the remainder of this year and all of next year, bringing the unemployment rate down "painfully slowly" to 8.5% by the end of 2011.

Bank economists foresee 'half-hearted' economic recoveryupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 16:06:00

Bank economists are forecasting moderate economic growth for the remainder of this year and all of next year, bringing the unemployment rate down "painfully slowly" to 8.5 percent by the end of 2011.

CNNMoney: Personal spending unchanged in Aprilupdated: Fri May 28 2010 09:28:00

Personal spending was flat in April, after six months of increases, while income rose, according to a government report released Friday.

CNNMoney: Latest economic worries: Made in Koreaupdated: Tue May 25 2010 15:31:00

Another day, another international crisis rattles the world's financial markets.

CNNMoney: Is this the start of a new bear market?updated: Mon May 24 2010 16:54:00

Sell in May and go away may seem like a silly Wall Street saying. But if you actually followed those words of wisdom, you'd be breathing a lot easier right now.

CNNMoney: The panic is over. But for how long?updated: Mon May 10 2010 19:23:00

The stock market is doing its best Timex impersonation. It took a licking last week but it keeps on ticking.

CNNMoney: Watch Greece but don't forget Americaupdated: Wed May 05 2010 14:55:00

Investors are acting like college students eager to take that quintessential backpacking adventure before joining the real world. They are obsessed with Europe.

CNNMoney: Riding the rails: Road map to recoveryupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 11:16:00

Truckers, railroads and other transportation companies are seeing a pickup in demand for the first time in four years, a strong vote for the economic recovery. But for stock investors, timing an entry point into the sector is tricky.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 14:41:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released on April 28, 2010. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please see Fed: Economy better, but rates stay low. Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March suggests that economic activity has continued to strengthen and that the labor market is beginning to improve. Growth in household spending has picked up recently but remains constrained by high unemployment, modest income growth, lower housing wealth, and tight credit.

CNNMoney: Oil prices spike 2% on stronger demandupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 14:56:00

Oil prices rose for the first time in more than a week Wednesday after a government report showing a decline in crude oil supplies fueled hopes that demand may finally be catching up to the economic recovery.

CNNMoney: Oil prices decline amid choppy tradingupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 14:55:00

Oil prices fell amid choppy trading on Monday as investors digested new details about Greece's bailout package.

CNNMoney: Dollar weakens on upbeat economic dataupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 15:01:00

The dollar was lower on Monday, as strong economic data fueled investors' hopes that the economic recovery is a sure bet.

China's Wen sets lofty goalupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 10:38:00

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced he is hoping for eight percent growth this year. CNN's John Vause reports.

CNNMoney: Not so fast: Slower economic growth aheadupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 12:39:00

The economy grew at a slower pace than previously estimated at the end of last year, according to a government report Friday, and most economists believe that even slower growth lays ahead.

CNNMoney: Dollar surges to 10-month high versus euroupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 17:05:00

The dollar climbed to a 10-month high versus the euro on Wednesday amid growing concern about struggling European nations.

CNNMoney: Stocks surge to 18-month highsupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 18:48:00

Stocks rallied Tuesday, with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 ending at new 18-month highs following the release of a better-than-expected existing home sales report that suggests a slow economic rebound.

CNNMoney: Read the Fed statementupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 15:41:00

This is the statement of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting released on Mar. 16, 2010. For analysis of the Fed's interest rate policy and this statement, please see Fed: Low rates will continue.

CNNMoney: Good news for stocks is good for the $updated: Fri Mar 12 2010 12:53:00

The dollar has gotten stronger this year. Is that because the U.S. economy appears to be improving -- or in spite of it?

CNNMoney: Foreign companies buy Americanupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 12:43:00

The British are coming! So are the Germans. And the Japanese. And the Canadians. And the French.

CNNMoney: Dollar slides on Bernanke's testimonyupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 18:38:00

The dollar turned lower against the euro, pound and yen Wednesday as investors digested Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony on monetary policy.

CNNMoney: Stocks hit as confidence slipsupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 17:39:00

Stocks tumbled Tuesday after a key measure of consumer confidence plunged, reflecting investors' growing pessimism about the strength of the economic recovery.

CNNMoney: Stocks: Down, but not outupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 15:00:00

Wall Street broke a four-week losing streak last week, but investors are still worried about China, Greece and the impact of a global recovery that could be far more sluggish than had been thought.

UK economy limps out of recessionupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 13:04:00

The UK economy finally returned to growth in the fourth quarter of last year, after the deepest recession since records began more than half a century ago, but at a far weaker rate than expected.

CNNMoney: Greece is the wordupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 15:47:00

Could Europe kill the chances of a global economic recovery? There are growing concerns about the health of several European nations, most particularly Greece. Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings all downgraded their credit ratings for Greece last month.

CNNMoney: What recovery? Most still see recessionupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 22:10:00

Economists are in broad agreement that the Great Recession is over. The American public strongly disagrees.

CNNMoney: Bernanke: Don't tamper with the Fedupdated: Sat Nov 28 2009 10:47:00

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, just days ahead of his confirmation hearing, is warning Congress that actions limiting the central bank's independence could prove detrimental to the causes of financial reform and economic recovery.

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