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  • Can Geithner Unite Divided Europe? Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 5:11 AM ET
    Timothy Geithner

    Without the support of the UK or many euro-zone members, the EU looks split on key issues at a time when the Treasury Secretary thinks they should be standing united.

  • VIX Set to Cool After Weeks of Palpitations? Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 9:12 AM ET
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    Global stock markets are regularly seeing three-percent swings as investors grapple with worries about the euro zone debt situation and escalating tensions between North and South Korea.

  • Naked Truth on Default Swaps Friday, 21 May 2010 | 11:09 AM ET
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    Should people be able to bet on your death? How about your financial failure? The New York Times explains.

  • NYSE Trader

    Global stocks plunged for the third day in a row on growing fears that Europe's financial crisis will hurt economic growth and lead to a wider market correction.

  • German Finance Minister: Markets Out of Control Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 8:26 AM ET
    A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    The man at the eye of the financial storm that has engulfed the euro has learnt to be patient after 20 years confined to a wheelchair. But Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s finance minister, is also a man in a hurry, the Financial Times reported.

  • Global Stock Markets Spooked By New Financial Regulations Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 12:41 PM ET
    A trader looks worried as he works in a dealing room in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    Stocks tumbled around the world Wednesday as investors were rattled by efforts in the US and Europe to tighten regulation of financial markets

  • What Will German Short Ban Mean for Investors? Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 4:20 AM ET
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    Germany's ban on kinds of naked short selling will have no effect on investors' ability to bet on declining prices, analysts told CNBC.

  • Voiding Derivative Pacts Would Be 'Disaster': Sokol Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | 11:36 AM ET
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    David Sokol, a key Warren Buffet lieutenant, told CNBC that it would be a “disaster” if Congress enacted retroactive legislation that voided contracts dealing with derivatives.

  • Goldman Pressed for CDO Loss Settlement Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 8:21 AM ET
    LLoyd Blankfein testifying before House Financial Services Committee

    Goldman is in talks over a potential settlement with an investor that claims that it lost money and went out of business after buying into a $1 billion mortgage-backed security, the FT reports.

  • Warren Buffett

    For Warren Buffett, it's a matter of simple fairness: "If the restaurant only gets paid for an 8-ounce steak, they don't want to give you the 12-ounce one."   It's a concept at the core of his argument against allowing the government to require collateral on existing derivatives contracts.

  • Senator Benjamin Nelson (D-Nebraska) in a 2009 photo taken outside the U.S. Capitol

    Nebraska's Democratic Senator Ben Nelson is quoted by Bloomberg as saying he and his wife's long-held stake of up to $6 million in Berkshire Hathaway, does not create a conflict of interest for him on the financial regulatory bill currently at the center of a Capitol Hill fight.

  • What is a Market Maker? Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 11:43 AM ET
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    The job of a market maker is to determine a price at which the trader is willing to buy a particular product AND a price at which that same trader will sell that same product at the same moment in time. Yes – a market maker will give you a price to buy, or sell – and they are generally indifferent to what you do, they just want you to do business.

  • What's Really Inside a 'Toxic Asset' Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 10:58 AM ET
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    When housing went from boom to bust, mortgages (especially subprime and Alt-A loans) were at the center of the economic crisis. And the term 'toxic asset' was born.

  • The Best Trade on Financial Regulation Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 8:21 PM ET

    At least one company will benefit immediately from Washington’s reforms.

  • Warren Buffett

    Senate Democrats have killed a provision of their proposed derivatives bill that would have exempted existing contracts from collateral requirements.  Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has been lobbying in favor of the exemption.

  • Bank Defaults Are Starting to Slow: FDIC's Bair Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 3:04 PM ET

    Bank defaults have begun to slow and will probably peak toward the end of this year, FDIC chairman Sheila Bair told CNBC Friday.

  • Bove: Goldman Case Weak, but Risky for System Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | 7:56 AM ET

    Veteran financial analyst Dick Bove, with Rochdale Securities, sent out a research report Monday morning calling the SEC’s case against Goldman Sachs weak, but says the events of Friday could be setting the stage for another financial system collapse.

  • Are Toxic Assets Out of The Banking System? Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 4:21 AM ET
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    US financial companies still have more than a $1 trillion on their balance sheets, but analysts say they are unlike to stem the recent rally in financials.

  • CDSs Will Come Under Close Scrutiny: EU's Barnier Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 | 8:36 AM ET
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    Credit default swaps (CDS) will be looked at closely to ensure transparency but they aren't necessarily going to be banned, EU Financial markets commissioner Michel Barnier told CNBC.

  • Commentary: Alabama, Milan Make Bankers Nervous Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 7:33 AM ET
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    While Alabama and Milan are rarely mentioned in the same breath, both locations now share something: they are making bankers nervous.