Month in Numbers

$7.4bn

- the sum software developer giant Oracle will pay to acquire Sun Microsystems

-5%

- the ideal interest rate for the US economy given the current conditions, according to internal analysis prepared for the Federal Reserve's most recent policy meeting. The analysis was based on a so-called Taylor-rule approach that estimates an appropriate interest rate based on unemployment and inflation

$25bn

- the monthly total subprime loans Lehman Brothers was originating during the market's peak in 2005

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