credit markets

Career Risk-Taking Hits a New Low, Thanks to the Still-Weak Economy

Whether it was a fresh startup or a fresh start, fewer Americans seemed willing to take career risks last year, according to a new report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The percentage of job-seekers starting their own businesses or relocating for new positions fell to historic lows in 2010.

Markets Are On the Rise Since the Fed Launched QE2

Republican leaders may be worried about the Federal Reserve's second round of quantitative easing, but the stock and credit markets are not: They have improved significantly since the QE2 plan was announced, Bloomberg reported Friday. But can that rally be solely attributed to QE2?

Beware: Credit Markets Are Getting Risky Again

Investors hungry for higher yields are flocking to the credit markets, putting junk-bond issuance on a record-setting pace. And lenders are loosening credit standards, while companies take on debt just because it's cheap. Here we go again?

Federal Reserve: We're Ready to Aid the Economy

The U.S. Federal Reserve is keeping its existing, easy monetary policy unchanged, but in its policy statement issued today it added that it's prepared to take additional action, if necessary, to stimulate the economy and combat falling prices.

Two Years Later, Corporate Credit Is Flowing Again

Many aspects of the financial crisis are still with us. But when it comes to one of the most profound economic impacts of the 2008 meltdown -- the downright seizure of credit markets -- things could hardly be more different now than during the height of the crisis.

Fed Minutes Confirm Intense Debate Over Recovery

At its August meeting, the Fed agreed to maintain the current monetary policy, but the decision was hardly universal. Some members said the recovery was on track and expressed concern that the decision to reinvest Treasury proceeds would send the wrong signal.

Europe's Debt Crisis: Here We Go Again?

Europe's shakiest economies managed to ride out a sovereign debt crisis this spring with a lot of help from their more stable neighbors and the major central banks. But with global recovery faltering, the data coming out of Europe suggests we may soon see a replay of the debt default crisis.

When Will Real Estate Market Get Back to Normal?

Now that the home buyer tax credit program has expired, job growth and mortgage availability will likely be the key factors determining the rate of existing home sales, which unexpectedly dipped 2.2% in May to a 5.66 million unit pace.

Biz Brief: Fitch Ratings Warns the U.K.

In the debt and credit mess that now extends clear across Europe, Fitch Ratings has put the U.K. on notice to get its finances into much better shape -- pronto.

Europe Needs to Think Big About Its Bailout

Ratings downgrades for Spain, Portugal and Greece have alarmed already-rattled credit markets, sending borrowing costs sky-high. As contagion spreads, Europe's politicians need to stop dithering over the bailout and take dramatic steps to reassure markets.

Dow 10,000: What's next?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) has reclaimed the psychologically important 10,000 level. So is this the first leg of a new bull market?...

Moral hazard? It's the American way

One of the options for the United States as it addresses the toxic asset issue concerns potentially creating new banks. New banks would be a major...