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  • ECB Buying Bonds Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 12:45 PM ET
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    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the ECB buying Italian and Spanish bonds in an effort to reassure the markets, and a play on global currencies, with Andy Busch, BMO Capital Markets.

  • Fixing Italy's Pain Drives a Cabbie to Despair Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 11:55 AM ET
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    While austerity measures — cuts in social benefits such as pensions and health care — are unpopular with the citizens of Europe, they haven’t seen anything yet.

  • ECB Action Not Bold Enough: Jim Cramer Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 11:17 AM ET
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    The European Central Bank decided it had to act over the weekend, but they could have taken bolder action by making a "drastic cut in interest rates" because they have a couple trillion euros as a backstop, Cramer said Monday.

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    In the U.S., is it the fall of the Roman Empire or will our anemic growth pick up steam and help us out of the economic doldrums? Here are five questions to ask.

  • European Intervention Buoys Italy and Spain Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 10:15 AM ET
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    The interest rates on Spanish and Italian bonds plummeted Monday after the European Central Bank expanded its purchases of government debt to support Madrid and Rome for the first time, the New York Times reports.

  • Cramer Sounds Off on Trichet Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:45 AM ET
    Cramer Sounds Off on Trichet

    CNBC's Jim Cramer says ECB's president may be a "moron and a buffoon," and is not demonstrating leadership.

  • UK off 'Front Line' of Economies in Danger: Gieve Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:26 AM ET
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    The UK, with its high level of public debt, low growth, closeness to the US and reliance on financial services, was once viewed as one of the European economies most in danger of a double-dip recession.

  • Dollar Weakens, Euro Slips Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:12 AM ET

    The dollar deflates, the euro loses steam, and Moody's wants Japan to leave the yen alone - time for your FX Fix.

  • Berlusconi’s Italy Has Lost Sovereignty: Monti Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 6:17 AM ET

    Silvio Berlusconi’s administration has lost sovereignty and its lack of credibility has hit Italy’s reputation abroad, according to former European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti.

  • Germany Steps Up Euro Zone Backing Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 5:05 AM ET
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    Germany is showing more commitment to the resolution of the euro zone debt crisis, and is likely to expect even greater influence on the fiscal discipline of its neighbors in return, analysts told CNBC.

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    Following a dramatic end to the trading week that saw Italy pledge to speed up its austerity measures, the European Central Bank decided this weekend it had to act.

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    The crisis threatening to envelop Spain and Italy is moving faster than euro zone policy makers can keep up with, William Rhodes, senior advisor at Citigroup, told CNBC Monday.

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    “So what Europe needs to do is to make sure that there's an unequivocal financial backstop, so there is no doubt in anyone's mind that those countries across Europe have the ability and the will to meet their obligations," the US Treasury secretary told CNBC.

  • Euro Builder Ends His Career on a Bitter Note Saturday, 6 Aug 2011 | 10:49 AM ET
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    Recent days have highlighted what some critics say are policy mistakes by Jean-Claude Trichet, or at least the institution he leads, the European Central Bank, the New York Times reports.

  • How to Profit From Central Bank Interventions Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 8:08 PM ET
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    Central banks have been busy in the currency markets. Here's how to profit when they wade in.

  • Italy on the Verge of Default? Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 7:30 PM ET
    Italy on the Verge of Default?

    Discussing whether the ECB's plan to buy Italian bonds is too little too late, and whether the country is about to default, with Vincent Reinhart, American Enterprise Institute, and David Malpass, Encima Global.

  • Got whiplash? The euro is spiking on news of the European Central Bank's Italy support - for now.

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    After the Dow Jones fell by 500 points on Thursday, European indices also faced a sell-off at Friday's open.

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    Is it time to buy gold or flee to cash? With all of the hyperbole in the market on Friday following the 500 point fall in the Dow Jones Industrial average on Thursday, and heavy selling in Asia and Europe Friday, the answer might be bottled water, tinned food and shovels.

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    The big ratings agencies have been blamed for much during the credit crisis, but they hadn't been raided by any of the countries they've threatened with downgrades, until Wednesday.