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  • 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.

  • 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
    MF Global

    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.

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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.

  • In Corzine Comeback, Big Risks and Steep Falls Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 5:18 AM ET
    An Indian stock broker looks worried as he watches the screen in Mumbai, India.

    When Jon S. Corzine joined MF Global last year it seemed like a strange choice — the firm had none of the glamour, let alone the profits or footprint of Goldman Sachs, the bank he ran during the 1990s.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cash-Short, U.S. Weighs Asset Sales Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 4:21 AM ET
    US Debt Clock

    Like Americans trying to raise quick cash by unloading their unwanted goods, the federal government is considering a novel way to reduce the deficit: holding the equivalent of a garage sale, reports the NY Times.

  • Greek Bonds Lure Some, Despite Risk Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 10:14 AM ET

    LONDON—Greece may never be able to pay off its huge debts, but its bonds, long scorned by investors, are suddenly being gobbled up by hedge funds. After a number of investors struck gold by betting against French banks, many have turned their attention to the hot yet risky euro zone trade of the moment: buying Greek government bonds that traders say are changing hands for as little as 36 cents for each euro of face value.

  • Greek Bonds Lure Some, Despite Risk Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 4:04 AM ET

    Greece may never be able to pay off its huge debts, but its bonds, long scorned by investors, are suddenly being gobbled up by hedge funds, the New York Times reports.

  • Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on 'Lost Decade' Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 3:21 AM ET

    Another 2.6 million people slipped into poverty in the United States last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, and the number of Americans living below the official poverty line, 46.2 million people, was the highest number in the 52 years the bureau has been publishing figures on it.

  • Soros: Crisis 'Worse Than Lehman' Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 1:14 AM ET
    George Soros

    Remember the collapse of Lehman Brothers ? Europeans certainly do. As Europe struggles to contain its government debt crisis, the greatest fear is that one of the Continent’s major banks may fail.

  • Europe’s Troubled Economies Join the Rescue Team Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 10:29 AM ET
    Protestors escape tear gas fired by policemen in Athens.

    Can a bailout fund whose backers include some of the countries it may be called upon to bail out really succeed? The NYT reports.

  • Europe Approves Bailout Plan For Greece, Other Nations Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 4:03 PM ET

    European leaders on Thursday clinched a new rescue plan for Greece that could push the country into default on some debt but would also give Europe’s bailout fund new powers to aid struggling economies, the NY TImes reports

  • US Probes Credit Suisse for Aiding Tax Evasion Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 7:07 AM ET
    Credit Suisse

    Swiss bank Credit Suisse said on Friday it is being probed by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a broader investigation into banks suspected of helping Americans evade taxes.