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Timing of S&P U.S. downgrade couldn’t be better

August 7, 2011

The Standard & Poor's downgrade of the United States couldn't have come at a much better time.

China’s diatribe on U.S. debt could backfire

August 8, 2011

China’s diatribe against Washington’s economic policy after the weekend's U.S. credit-rating downgrade could backfire.

ECB’s bazooka has a limited shelf life

August 8, 2011

Did Standard & Poor's spur the European Central Bank into action?

Markets could force Fed to empty the chamber

August 10, 2011

Markets could force the Federal Reserve to use up the rest of its arsenal. Although investors found comfort in the central bank's stated "range of policy tools" on Tuesday, by Wednesday morning they had a change of heart. The slide could press Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to fire sooner rather than later to keep recession at bay. Trouble is, he's packing a BB gun not a bazooka.