German bond prices could fall as much as 35 percent when the crisis in the euro zone comes to a head and their safe haven status becomes less attractive, Carl Weinberg, Chief Economist at High Frequency Economics said on Friday.
A new study by Dutch bank ING shows a third of Europeans would sacrifice money in return for the glory of their team winning the UEFA European Football Championship this summer.
Government spending cuts in developed countries are hurting job creation and exacerbating global youth unemployment, which remains close to the peak hit during the 2009 crisis, the International Labour Organization said on Tuesday.
Gold, used an alternative to the U.S. dollar by investors in search of safety, could see a move higher once markets have greater clarity on a resolution to the Greek debt crisis, Marcus Grubb, managing director of investment at the World Gold Council, told CNBC on Monday.
Angela Merkel’s conservatives failed to win back power in Germany’s most populous state on Sunday in an election widely seen as a key test for the German chancellor and her austerity-driven crisis-fighting strategy.
Following disappointing economic data from the U.S. and more volatility from elections in Europe, demand for gold will remain resilient, and the precious metal will not lose its appeal as the currency of last resort, Goldman Sachs says.
Elections in Greece on Sunday could throw the country into disarray once more, unsettling investors who believed that a deal struck earlier this year to restructure the country’s debt and avert a default marked the end of a major chapter in the euro zone debt crisis.
The European Central Bank will leave rates on hold on Thursday and continue to assess the impact on the economy of two rounds of cheap, 3-year funding for banks, analysts told CNBC, warning that the bank’s ability to fight the crisis is waning.
Standard & Poor’s ratings agency denied on Friday it had not taken into account the recent reforms Spain had announced when it downgraded the country for the second time this year, saying Spain’s weaker-than-expected economic outlook and rising risks in the banking system had added to concerns and prompted the downgrade.
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