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  • Forget Ben, the Big Draw May Be the IMF's Lagarde Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 1:29 PM ET
    French finance minister Christine Lagarde is seen as a front-runner to succeed Strauss-Kahn.

    While markets are hyper-focused on the Friday speech at Jackson Hole by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, they are overlooking what could be an equally important Saturday appearance by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

  • Does Merkel Need a 'Lehman Crisis' to Save Euro? Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 5:09 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    The idea that Paulson needed a crisis in order to solve a bigger crisis could be seen by some as a post-game rationalization by the former official, but it raises some interesting questions for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Europe's ongoing sovereign debt crisis.

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    There will be improvement in the U.S. economy in the second half of the year, according to Barclays Capital managing director Larry Kantor, but there will be an overhang from continued uncertainties in Europe.

  • Greek Crisis Now Worse, Not Better: Analyst Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 6:09 AM ET
    Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.

    On July 21, EU leaders agreed to a second bailout for Greece, one that was supposed to draw a line under the euro zone debt crisis and give the new government in Athens a chance come to grips with the huge debts it inherited when it was elected. One month later, and the situation appears to be getting worse rather than better, according to Simon Derrick, the head of currency research at Bank of New York Mellon.

  • German PMI Stats Will Widen Spreads: Strategist Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 1:00 AM ET
    German PMI Stats Will Widen Spreads: Strategist

    "I think the German PMI announcement will have an impact on spread widening, because investors will see it as an indication that the world is slowing, Germany is slowing, and in general, risk is increasing," Adrian Schmidt, FX strategist at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, told CNBC.

  • Markets Push Europe Toward Fiscal Union Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 5:18 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    European leaders are being pushed into closer fiscal union sooner than they had anticipated by volatile markets concerned over a dearth of ideas on how to solve the sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone, analysts and investors told CNBC.

  • Memories of 2008 Spooking Investors Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 3:25 AM ET
    Lehman Brothers

    As markets around the world prepared for another turbulent week, worries that a rerun of the events of 2008 is in the cards are adding to uncertainty, investors told CNBC Monday.

  • Euro Bond: Wrong Answer or Critical for Europe? Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 2:23 AM ET
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    Euro bonds are exactly the “wrong answer” to the current crisis and would merely lead the euro zone to a "debt union" rather than a “stability union” according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    CNBC.com Market Outlook

    The week's top business news and investment advice, including how to trade Europe, US financials, HP's sharp drop and the run-up in gold.

  • Finding A Currency Safe Haven    Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 10:48 AM ET

    A look at the currencies to watch, with Nick Bennenbroek, Wells Fargo head of currency strategy.

  • What Traders Are Saying: Uncertainty Stalks London Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 10:14 AM ET
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    Traders in the City of London, one of the financial districts of the UK capital, see a market environment where trust has all but evaporated and the best course of action is often to do absolutely nothing.

  • Risk Is Out, Safe Havens Are In Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 8:26 AM ET

    Investors are looking for any safe haven in a storm — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • BB&T CEO: Europe Bank Crisis Overblown Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 7:16 AM ET
    BB&T CEO: Europe Bank Crisis Overblown

    While European banks do have substantial investments in sovereign debt, the concerns in Europe are overblown and the banks will get through this rough patch, says Kelly King, BB&T Corporation chairman/CEO.

  • Spain to Unveil More Austerity Moves Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 6:04 AM ET
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    Spain will announce further austerity measures on Friday in a bid to fend off debt market attacks but avoid the kind of drastic cuts that could damage the ruling Socialists' chances in November's general election.

  • Blog: Why EU’s 'Euro Bond' Solution Won’t Work Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 5:43 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The “Euro bond” solution to the euro zone’s sovereign debt problems appears to be an idea whose time has come, Moorad Choudhry writes.

  • Use Aid for EU Governments to Boost Banks as Well? Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 2:08 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    A viewer tweeted me last week (@louisabojesen) saying "Don't phone lines exist between Berlin and Paris? Why was the face-to-face meeting necessary between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel?"

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    With no fresh U.S. economic data to rattle markets Friday, traders are bracing for another ill wind from Europe.

  • NYSE trader

    Like a cyclone, speculation that Europe's banks are beginning to suffer from exposure to the sovereign debt crisis ripped across global markets, taking bank shares and other stocks lower.

  • Think Euro Zone Peace Is at Hand? Think Again Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 12:53 PM ET
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    Even as France and Germany were proposing new euro zone reforms, Finland was inking its own deal with Greece. Now others want in.

  • Cramer: Bridgewater's Dalio Is 'Sage' of Euro-Zone Crisis Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 11:07 AM ET
    Ray Dalio, Founder, President & CIO at Bridgewater

    Ray Dalio "correctly points out that the Europeans did not use the short ban to raise, they didn't do anything [Timothy] Geithner did," Jim Cramer said. "So we have these banks, you don't really know what they own because there's absolutely very little clarity, and they don't have enough capital."