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  • Why One Investor Is Ignoring Wall of Worry Friday, 6 May 2011 | 4:26 AM ET

    Dramatic headlines on US debt and fears over a Greek restructuring of debt are not worrying one investor, who tells CNBC investors should be focusing on some good news from China, not on the wall of worry.

  • Labor Market Will Trump Higher Gas Prices Friday, 6 May 2011 | 4:21 AM ET

    An improving labor market will offset the impact of higher oil prices and underpin stocks according to Kevin Gardiner, the head of global investment strategy at Barclays Wealth in London.

  • Risk Appetite Fades In FX - For Now Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 2:44 PM ET

    Between economic uncertainty, falling commodity prices, and iffy economic news, investors' appetite for currency risk is decidedly off. But for how long?

  • Is ECB's Trichet Waiting for Fed to Make Next Move? Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 10:17 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The European Central Bank appears to be waiting for the Federal Reserve to act before raising Eurozone interest rates.

  • Yen Is Up and Risk Is Off Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 9:41 AM ET

    The yen is higher as investors sell riskier assets, and Mexico is going for the gold. Time for your Cinco de Mayo FX Fix.

  • Jim Rogers: Oil Price Will Keep Rising; Silver to Fall Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 8:07 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    Oil prices are likely to continue rising because the world's oil reserves are dwindling, but silver is likely to come down as it rose too fast, famous investor and commodities bull Jim Rogers told CNBC Thursday.

  • Why Europe Should Accept the Possibility of Default Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 3:21 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    The European Central Bank decides on interest rates later Thursday, and while markets are looking for clues on what will happen next, more and more voices raise the possibility of debt restructuring in the euro zone.

  • Five Things to Watch: Obama at Ground Zero & More Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 7:11 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    The President makes a triumphant return to Ground Zero, Wall Street anticipates strong GM earnings and retail sales, while the dollar may fall further on Euro policy. Here's what we're watching…

  • Halftime: Did US Special Forces Just Rescue the Dollar? Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 1:54 PM ET

    "History shows us that the country with the strongest military is always the reserve currency," Veracruz founder Steve Cortes said.

  • Busch: Great Expectations and the ECB Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 12:20 PM ET

    The FX markets are pummeling the US dollar strength as we head into tomorrow's ECB and Bank of England meetings.

  • Dollar Kicked as Euro Rises on Rate Hike Expectations Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 12:08 PM ET

    Weak U.S. data and the promise of higher European interest rates drove the dollar lower against the euro, which edges closer to the psychological 1.50 level.

  • Slip 'n Slide Day For Dollars Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 9:26 AM ET

    No backyard fun here - the U.S. dollar slips after jobs data, and the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand dollars slide as commodity prices fall. It's FX Fix time again.

  • Greek 'Soft Restructuring' to Precede 'Hard' One Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 4:32 AM ET
    Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou speaks during a press conference in the Finance ministry in Athens on February 24, 2011. Police clashed with protestors in Athens yesterday on the sidelines of a large demonstration on the year's first general strike against the debt-hit Socialist government's grueling austerity policies. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    A request for an extension to the repayment period on Greece’s bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union could be a precursor to the full restructuring of the country’s debt, analysts say.

  • Is a Liquidity Crisis Brewing in Europe? Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 2:40 AM ET
    Euros at an angle

    The problem facing euro zone policy makers as we head into what could be another eventful summer for the global markets is surprisingly simple, yet very unpalatable.

  • Commentary: Managing the Euro Zone's Fragility Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 1:35 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Why is Spain paying higher interest rates on its government debt than the UK? The answer to this question is illuminating: membership of a currency union makes a country fiscally fragile, writes Martin Wolf in the FT.

  • Higher Rates Mean Severe Recession: Strategist Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 4:54 AM ET

    The world’s central banks are all considering whether it is time to end the ultra-loose monetary policies that have helped the global economy recover from the financial crisis but one strategist believes the tighter monetary policy can only lead to recession, and a severe recession at that.

  • Sell in May and Go Away? Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 2:14 AM ET
    One euro and U.S. dollar

    Should investors be looking to sell up and find a safe haven over the summer months as the wall of worry finally gains traction? Philipp E. Bärtschi, the chief strategist at Sarasin in Zurich, believes it is probably time to take some risk off the table.

  • Greece to Name and Shame Tax Evaders Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 12:42 AM ET

    Tough times call for tough measures and in Greece the government is planning a major crackdown on tax evaders that will involve naming and shaming those who do not pay up.

  • NYSE Trader

    Stocks started May on a softer footing, in a day of mixed signals from markets.

  • Career Fair

    Robust earnings reports and new money from fund managers may put a bounce into stocks at the start of the week, but the focus will quickly turn to economic news, especially Friday's April jobs report.