Matthew J. Belvedere, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

BlackRock’s Peter Fisher said Monday he does not see the risky end of the corporate fixed income market sinking the overall U.S. economy like the bust in subprime mortgages did during the Great Recession.

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told CNBC on Monday that slow productivity growth is weighing on the economy, and there’s too much reliance on the central bank. He said other policymakers in the government need to step up. With the Fed considering an interest rate hike that would be the first in nine years, he …

Despite a slowdown in personal computer sales in the latest quarter, Hewlett-Packard Chair and CEO Meg Whitman said Friday she believes PCs are not dead.

The valuations of so-called Unicorns—private companies worth $1 billion or more—are quite high, pioneering tech and media investor Alan Patricof said Tuesday.

American companies added fewer jobs than expected last month, according to the latest ADP private payrolls report, dragged down by the struggling energy and nonvehicle manufacturing industries. ADP said Wednesday U.S. private employers hired 185,000 workers in July—below the 215,000 analysts had expected and lower than the downwardly revised additions of 229,000 for June. In …

A final accord to curtail Tehran’s nuclear ambitions could lead to a glut of Iranian oil hitting an already “oversupplied market,” which would serve to pressure prices, oil expert John Kilduff said Tuesday, as negotiators in Vienna face a deadline that’s expected to be extended. Returning to the talks after consultations at home, Iran‘s chief …

Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said Thursday the central bank should push any interest rate hike into next year, despite what he expects to be a rebound in the economy in the second quarter and the rest of 2015. “There are uncertainty reasons to sort of make you say, ‘Why should you be in …

Billionaire Warren Buffett said Monday the stock market would be viewed as “cheap” now if interest rates continued to remain low. “If these interest rates were to continue for 10 years, stocks would be extremely cheap now,” the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” two days after Berkshire’s annual shareholder …

When Warren Buffett speaks the world listens. We now know the Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO sees the value of stocks depending on interest rates, the Federal Reserve between a rock and a hard place, and a big difference between dividends and buybacks as a means to drive shareholder value. In three hours with the …

Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said Friday the media giant had made good case for its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In the end, however it’s “time to move on,” he said. Roberts appeared on CNBC shortly after Comcast called off its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable amid opposition from regulators, particularly …

Despite four-straight down trading days, longtime stock bull Jeremy Siegel said Friday he feels more relaxed about the prospects for stocks than he did two weeks ago. The last time the Wharton school finance professor was on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” a week before the Federal Reserve’s mid-March meeting, he said stocks may be in for …

Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart, a centrist, said Thursday he would increase interest rates midyear or even later—as the economy throws off “mixed signals” at the moment. Economic growth in the first quarter looks “very soft,” he told CNBC—held back by the harsh winter weather in February and the fluctuations in oil prices. He did, …

Extremely low mortgage rates may be putting would-be homebuyers in a tough spot down the road when they’re ready to sell, Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries warned on Tuesday. “In a lot of markets, homebuyers are looking at home prices through this artificially distorted lense of very low rates,” Humphries said in a CNBC interview. …

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told CNBC on Thursday the word “patient” should come out of the policy statement in March to give options for raising interest rates this summer. “There’s too much focus about the first move,” he said. “It’s really the path of rates that matter.” Bullard, who’s generally hawkish, called possible …

U.S. crude hit 5 ½-year lows early Monday with signs that oil prices may have just about bottomed, said Joe Petrowski, former CEO of Gulf Oil. WTI crude dropped to $56.25 a barrel in early trading, its lowest price since May 2009, but stabilized later in the morning. Meanwhile, Brent crude also clawed its way …