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Special Reports Davos - World Economic Forum


  • Uncertainty, Yes, but Opportunities Lie Ahead Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 1:06 AM ET

    Uncertainty and volatility will likely be the two words we will hear most during the first two days in Davos — uncertainty about economic growth rates, particularly in Europe, and volatility in commodity prices driven by continuing demand in emerging markets and possible political disruptions around the world.

  • The Miseries of a Davos Wife Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    Last year, our favorite story from Davos explained the on-going battle involving wives, mistresses and aspiring mistresses. It was just the right combination of rumor, scandal and cutting details. The first edition of this year's version of the Davos Wife confessional is somewhat tamer.

  • Challenge in Davos: Just Getting There Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 1:34 PM ET
    Davos | World Economic Forum

    Opening your window to a blanket of heavy snow at Davos can fill the heart with dread, as the white fluffy stuff adds on half an hour to your travel time.

  • Where You Really Find Out What's Happening in Davos Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 9:37 AM ET
    World Economic Forum participants are seen during a cocktail party in the Congress Centre, the main venue for the Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2004.

    The social side of Davos is often said to be more important than the sessions themselves. After all, this is where you can get chief executives with their guard let down, telling you what they really think away from the cameras.

  • Snow Blankets World Economic Forum in Davos Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 7:48 AM ET

    Davos is covered in snow, giant heaps of it, and it's still coming down.

  • Wall Street Goes to Davos: What It Wants Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 2:28 PM ET

    Europe’s banking system is on the brink — and Wall Street is its bedfellow.  So what does Wall Street want out of Europe's most elite economic confab? Skiing, distressed debt deals, and above all: solvency.

  • IMF Needs More Funding to Stem Euro Crisis: Lagarde Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 9:07 AM ET
    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    The International Monetary Fund needs $500 billion to help contain the spreading European debt crisis, the organization's managing director, Christine Lagarde, told CNBC.

  • Poll: Why Go to WEF in Davos? Sunday, 22 Jan 2012 | 5:08 PM ET
    Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski dances with his wife Jolanta at the Gala soiree of the World Economic Forum in Davos 29 January 2005.

    The annual meeting of the world's power brokers in Switzerland tackles some big subjects and attracts a lot of media attention but so what?

  • Davos Promoting 'Corporate Social Responsibility' Sunday, 22 Jan 2012 | 4:56 PM ET
    Women filling and labeling Nourimanba jars.

    As investors and consumers watch them more closely, corporations are growing more conscious of their environmental and social behavior.

  • Climate Change and its Impact on Food Prices Sunday, 22 Jan 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    Food prices and security, threatened by weather-caused production declines and relentless rising demand, will be a key issue at the conference of world business, political and social leaders.

  • Quiz: The Global Economy Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 5:21 PM ET

    Every year, 2,500 of the globe’s biggest thinkers and doers – ranging from finance to politics – gather in the small Swiss alpine resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum to take on the problems of humankind. It’s a major media event, worthy of a CNBC.com quiz.

  • CNBC Poll: Has Globalization Backfired On The West? Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 5:12 PM ET
    Gordon Brown, former U.K. prime minister, center, participates in a panel discussion with Tidjane Thiam, chief executive officer of Prudential Plc, left, and George Yeo, Singapore's foreign minister, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting.

    Globalization is no longer a trend; it is the norm. It may be too soon to call it a reversal of fortune but globalization is no longer a one-way street.

  • Thriving (and Surviving) in Davos Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 11:37 AM ET
    International Monetary Fund Special Adviser Min Zhu, Wipro chairman Azim Premji, Professor of Economics Nouriel Roubini, Time International editor Michael J. Elliott, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell and Ernst & Young CEO and chairman James S. Turley.

    This was commissioned as a piece on ‘surviving’ Davos – but given the World Economic Forum is basically a week of rubbing shoulders with the world’s wealthiest and most privileged in a luxury Swiss ski resort ‘surviving’ doesn’t seem appropriate. So let’s run with thriving….writes Geoff Cutmore.

  • In Age of Discontent, Is Davos Still Relevant? Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 6:26 AM ET

    More than 40 years since the World Economic Forum (WEF) began as the rather less-impressive sounding European Management Forum, political leaders, chief executives of the world’s biggest banks, royalty, actors and pop stars will converge on the small Swiss ski resort of Davos next week.

  • Hedge Funds May Sue Greece If Loss Forced Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 5:59 AM ET

    Hedge funds have been known to use hardball tactics to make money. Now they have come up with a new one: suing Greece in a human rights court to make good on its bond payments.

  • In Europe, Juggling Image and Capital Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 5:30 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Stung by souring loans and troubled government bond portfolios, many European banks are being forced by regulators to raise money to build up their cash cushions against future losses.

  • Top Earners Not So Lofty in the Days of Recession Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 5:14 AM ET
    Manhattan skyline

    Hold the condolence cards, but the recession cost the rich. The share of income received by the top 1 percent — that potent symbol of inequality — dropped to 17 percent in 2009 from 23 percent in 2007, according to federal tax data. The New York Times reports.

  • Euro Zone Agrees to Follow the Original Rules Saturday, 10 Dec 2011 | 10:43 AM ET
    Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy

    In the fiscal accord, the nations that use the euro essentially agreed to go back to Plan A — that is, the principles and rules with which they created their common currency two decades ago.

  • Merkel’s Path: Brinkmanship for Debt Crisis Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 10:28 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    What may have seemed like timid or even bumbling leadership is looking more like a consistent strategy of brinkmanship aimed at remaking the euro zone in Germany’s likeness.  The New York Times reports.

  • 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.