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Markets reacted negatively to the Fed slashing rates Monday, as U.S. health officials further restricted social gatherings to combat coronavirus. Read more»

The good news from last week was that 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare-created exchanges. The not so good news is that because most of us have to buy coverage from a private insurer, we will always have to be vigilant to make sure our medical claims get paid and that an insurance bureaucrat miles from where we live doesn’t succeed in denying coverage for medically necessary care. Read more»

In President Obama's second term, financial regulation would finally appear to have the leverage. Wall Street spent zillions on Mitt Romney, who had promised to roll back financial reform, and lost. Elizabeth Warren now sits in the world's greatest deliberative body. Read more»

Fox News will probably find a way to spin the news of Pawlenty's departure as a "win" for Romney, but it sure does look like the rats are abandoning ship. Read more» 2

Anyway, Facebook shares will be priced at $38, valuing the company at $104 billion. Read more»

U.S. stocks recorded their biggest first-quarter point gain in 14 years Friday. Read more»

For Greg Smith. And Jim Henson. Read more»

Hundreds of police officers, many wearing riot helmets, marched into lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park last week. The first thing the police did was clear out the journalists so that they could not see what was going on. Ironically, the owners of at least three New York newspapers could not have been happier. Read more»

Stocks dropped Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average down over 300 points, as Congress’ debt talks are falling apart. A 12-member bipartisan panel was assigned to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit by Wednesday but it seems the panel is ready to admit it has failed much sooner. Read more»

Demonstrators continue to 'occupy Wall Street' to protest government coddling of financial institutions and seeming inability to get the economy back on track. Read more»

In New York, police have arrested more than 700 anti-Wall Street protesters, who forced the closure of the Brooklyn Bridge after blocking traffic. Read more»

Billionaire Warren Buffett

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett made headlines on Thursday when his company, Berkshire Hathaway, announced that it would invest $5 billion in Bank of America. And according to CNN, warrants related to the deal earned Buffett $357 million on Thursday alone. Nice work if you can get it. Read more»

Stock market crashes are rarely happy events for human beings (except, of course, for short sellers who guessed right). But what's the impact of a sustained and steep market decline on the overall economy? Read more» 1

U.S. stock markets reacted wildly Tuesday to the U.S. Federal Reserve's statement that it will keep short-term interest rates low through 2013. Read more»

As Wall Street tumbled, pundits and prophets of doom pointed their fingers at Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt. Those on the political right pointed barbed tongues at President Barack Obama and his policies, and by the end of the day, all the main stock market indexes on Wall Street pointed markedly lower. Read more»

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