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    The euro has had a nice move up on reports of actual progress by European leaders on the debt crisis. But this strategist has other ideas.

  • Movies are filled with nail-biting moments of split-second disaster aversion. We hope that many of the world’s more difficult dilemmas will also be met with similar Hollywood-style happy endings.

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    Banks are the great poison of the stock market these days—not because of what is known about them, but rather what is unknown.

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    The concept of ‘hopium’ – that bizarre concoction of hope and optimism that may synthesize into an ‘economic drug,’ propelling the economy into an upward spiral, says CNBC's Brian Sullivan.

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    Currency swap spreads are contracting, volatility is falling and stocks are soaring following a coordinated move by central banks to make dollars cheaper.

  • Efforts to improve liquidity in the world's financial markets 'psychologically' important, Louise Cooper of BGC Partners says.

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    Economists at major international banks are sounding off this morning on today's big announcement of a coordinated action by central banks around the globe.

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    If the main purpose of today's joint action by the world's central banks was to ease the ability of European banks to borrow dollars, why are the central banks of Japan, Canada, England and Switzerland also involved.

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    In essence, the Federal Reserve agreed to provide cheaper dollar funding to the European Central Bank—which can then provide cheaper dollar loans to cash-strapped European banks.

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    The Federal Reserve and several other banks announced this morning that they were engaging in a coordinated action to provide liquidity in each other's foreign currencies.

  • The coordinated actions by the Federal Reserve and other central banks is aimed at the funding strains faced by European banks in what was becoming a modern day run on the banks.

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    CNBC's Steve Liesman has the details on the Fed and central banks around the world launching a coordinated move to boost liquidity.

  • A triple whammy this morning: China, coordinated central bank action, and better than expected ADP report.

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    The world's major central banks unleashed coordinated action Wednesday to ease the increasing strains on the global financial system, a move that sent stock markets up sharply.

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    Europe is in crisis mode, China cuts reserve requirements, and business is up down under - it's time for your FX Fix.

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    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.

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    International companies are preparing contingency plans for a possible break-up of the euro zone, according to interviews with dozens of multinational executives, the FT reports.

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    U.S. jobs-related data may pique investor interest Wednesday, as markets remain focused on developments in Europe.

  • Bill Gross: Global Opportunities

    Why investors should be focused on risk assets in emerging economies like Brazil and Asia, with William Gross, PIMCO founder & Co-CIO.

  • Amid the discussions of a euro breakup, the single currency is stubbornly strong. Here's how to trade that risk appetite away from the euro zone.