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Debt deal avoids a default, but a downgrade may be coming

Aug 1, 2011
The credit rating agencies could still downgrade U.S. debt because of worries over our overall debt load.

Debt ceiling deal unlikely to tackle taxes

Aug 1, 2011
Republican and Democratic lawmakers are expected to vote today on the tentative deal to raise the debt ceiling. But it's unclear what, if any, of the budget solution will come from taxes.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Does this 'debt deal' solve our debt problems?

Aug 1, 2011
Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi says that the debt deal is a good first step, and that he expects the U.S. to keep its top-notch credit rating.
Posted In: Economy

Global markets relieved by tentative debt deal

Aug 1, 2011
A possible deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling has cheered the markets, and calmed fears that the global economy was about to face another financial crisis.

Congressional debt deal relies on 'triggers' for future cuts

Aug 1, 2011
Democrat and Republican leaders have reached a tentative deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. But most analysts say this compromise is far from a cure-all for what ails the U.S. economy.

Cuts you can count on

Jul 29, 2011
Whatever the ultimate debt ceiling deal, some things are certain

Slow growth history lesson

Jul 29, 2011
The nation's Gross Domestic Product stalled in the second quarter. And the recession was even worse than we thought. But don't even try to compare it to the Great Depression.

Fannie may weather a downgrade better than others

Jul 29, 2011
Surprisingly, mortgage bonds aren't threatened by debt ceiling worries.
Posted In: Housing

Economic growth stalls, with few hopeful signs

Jul 29, 2011
U.S. growth figures out today reinforce the sluggish pace of the U.S. recovery, but it's not all bad according to economic Chris Low of FTN Financial. Weekly jobless claims, which can be used to measure layoffs, have improved since July.
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Stalled U.S. growth numbers have sobering effect

Jul 29, 2011
Personal finance expert Jill Schlesinger helps make sense of today's depressing GDP figures.

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