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  • Banks Act, Stocks Surge and Skeptics See a Pattern Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 7:41 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the London Metal Exchange in London, U.K., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. Stocks dropped for an eighth day, the longest losing streak since January 2010, and commodities declined on concern the U.S. recovery is faltering. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    A move announced by central bankers on Wednesday to contain the European debt crisis resulted in euphoria in global stock markets, but it also prompted skeptics to wonder: will this time be different? The New York Times reports.

  • Ratings Firm Misread Signs of Greek Woes Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 4:31 AM ET

    In a stern pronouncement, Moody’s Investors Service this week warned of rising prospects for multiple defaults by countries in the euro zone and credit rating downgrades of nations across Europe if leaders should fail to resolve the spreading debt crisis.  The NYT reports.

  • MF Global Money Found in Britain? Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 7:01 AM ET
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    About $200 million in customer money that vanished from MF Global is believed to have surfaced at JPMorgan Chase in Britain, according to people briefed on the matter. The New York Times reports.

  • Commentary: Merkozy Is Dead, Long Live… Thursday, 24 Nov 2011 | 6:57 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speak at a meeting on debt crisis.

    The euro zone's formidable couple—Merkozy, as the media calls German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy—were on the brink of divorce more than once.

  • Euro Under Pressure, Pound Slips Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 8:10 AM ET

    The British fret over Europe and Germany's bond auction disappoints - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Words of a Euro Doomsayer Have New Resonance Friday, 18 Nov 2011 | 12:01 PM ET
    Euros & Downward Graph

    As the European debt crisis threatens to engulf even France along with Italy and Spain, Bernard Connolly's longstanding proposition that a common currency for the region would end in ruin is getting a wider hearing.

  • Even as Governments Act, Time Runs Short for Euro Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 | 1:09 PM ET

    The window of opportunity to save the euro is rapidly closing, as the sovereign debt crisis erodes the solvency of Europe’s banks and drives up borrowing rates for even once rock-solid countries like France.

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    Europe’s banking sector is ready for a shake-up as its largest financial institutions try to slim down their operations in response to the sovereign debt crisis. The NY Times repeorts.

  • 11 Costly Sports Divorces Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 12:07 PM ET
    On Oct. 31, 2011, the world was blindsided by the news that reality TV star Kim Kardashian was divorcing her husband, National Basketball Association star Kris Humphries. The couple had married on Aug. 20, 2011 in a storybook wedding worth . A mere 72 days later, however, Kardashian had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.Fortunately, the couple had a prenuptial agreement in place, so each party is likely to walk away from the union with their finances intact. This puts Humphrie

    However long they were married, the price of breaking the contract was huge -- sometimes even reached nine figures.

  • In Cautious Times, Banks Flooded With Cash Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 12:59 PM ET

    Though financial institutions are not yet turning away customers at the door, they are trying to discourage some depositors from parking cash with them. NYT reports

  • Euro, Meant to Unite Europe, Seems to Rend It Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 | 11:23 AM ET

    As EU leaders scramble to present a united front for this weekend’s critical meeting in Brussels, anxiety is growing in Europe, and not just about the euro, the NYT reports.

  • Italian PM Berlusconi Wins Key Confidence Vote Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 8:53 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a crucial vote of confidence on Friday, giving his struggling center-right government a new, but probably short, lease of life.

  • No Nationalization for Dexia: Asset Manager Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 2:00 AM ET
    No Nationalization for Dexia: Asset Manager

    "I think this headline that Dexia has been nationalized, or there is a bailout, is absolutely wrong. What we know is, the Belgians are going to take responsibility for the Belgian citizens, the French for the French citizens; and this leaves 180 billion in US municipal lending, and another 180 billion in European municipal lending, for which no one is taking any responsibility," Phillippa Malmgren, president and founder of Principalis Asset Management, told CNBC.

  • Dexia OKs Rescue Plan Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 6:11 AM ET
    Dexia OKs Rescue Plan

    CNBC's Ross Westgate reports that the Dexia Board has agreed to the rescue plan after its marathon meeting.

  • Commentary: Time to Fix Europe's Banks Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 1:07 AM ET

    Europe has too many broken banks and the time has come to fix them. With Dexia's problems laid bare, it must now be apparent to even the most myopic politician that the European Banking Authority's 2011 stress tests were a complete failure, writes CNBC's Guy Johnson.

  • Regulators Clamping Down on High-Speed Stock Trades Sunday, 9 Oct 2011 | 6:55 AM ET
    NYSE trader

    Regulators in the United States and overseas are cracking down on computerized high-speed trading that crowds today’s stock exchanges, worried that as it spreads around the globe it is making market swings worse. The New York Times reports.

  • Slovaks Love and Hate Euro; Bailout May Lie in Between Saturday, 8 Oct 2011 | 6:54 AM ET
    UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 07: Cathedral in a city, St. Martin's Cathedral, Bratislava, Slovakia (Photo by DEA / W.BUSS/De Agostini/Getty Images)

    The prospect of guaranteeing the debt of richer but more spendthrift countries like Greece, Portugal and even Italy has led to public outrage in tiny Slovakia, the second-poorest country in the euro zone where the average worker earns just over $1,000 a month.  Now it is threatening to derail a collective European bailout . The New York Times reports.

  • Moody's Reviews Belgium for Possible Downgrade Friday, 7 Oct 2011 | 5:26 PM ET
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    Moody's said Friday it put Belgium's Aa1 local and foreign currency government bond ratings on review for possible downgrade.

  • Embattled Dexia Just the Tip of the Iceberg? Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 6:25 AM ET
    France and Belgium

    As the French and Belgian governments race towards a second rescue for stricken financial group Dexia, fears that the Franco-Belgian group is just the first of many banks in need of aid are intensifying.

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    Belgium's and France's plan to guarantee the financing of struggling bank Dexia will earn them a ratings downgrade and the contagion can spread to Germany, Southwest Securities Managing Director Mark Grant warned Wednesday.