Survey says: Economists now cite massive defaults on subprime mortgages and heavy debts as the top threat to the U.S. economy. As recently as March, the possibility of a terrorist attack was still the greatest worry. Janet Babin has more.
Today's reports say new-home sales are up 2.8% and U.S. factory orders nearly 6%. But, wait. Those are the numbers from July -- before the subprime debacle and the credit squeeze. Jill Barshay has more.
Just when it looks like the Fed might be ready to lower interest rates in the U.S., the European Central Bank has indicated it may raise rates over inflation worries. And at least one EU member state says the ECB's got it wrong, Stephen Beard reports.
Two months ago, in an attempt to stem breakneck inflation, Zimbabwe's government ordered businesses to freeze prices. Since then, it's been crippled by a shortage of basic goods, and inflation shows no sign of slowing, Gretchen Wilson reports.
The subprime lending fiasco has left the entire banking system a little tight on cash. And it couldn't have come at a worse time for college freshmen in need of student loans. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
When the U.S. subprime mortgage industry sputtered out, it sent world markets into a tailspin. But that's nothing compared to what a crash in China's financial market would do to the global economy, Chris Farrell tells us.
Wall Street investors are still anxious to hear which direction the Fed might turn next in its attempts to calm the financial markets, but Bernanke's doing everything he can to keep the "real economy" purring. Bob Moon reports.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson came together today to reassure everyone that they're on top of any changes to the subprime-riddled economy. Bob Moon reports.