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  • Bernanke's gloom lifts the dollar, but look out below in emerging markets - time for your stormy FX Fix.

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    The European Central Bank was buying Italian and Spanish government bonds in the markets on Thursday, traders told CNBC.

  • The Parthenon in Greece

    Austerity-weary Greeks lashed out against more tax hikes and pension cuts with a new round of strikes, with public transport workers, taxi drivers, teachers and air traffic controllers walking off the job Thursday.

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    Slovenia's minority government has collapsed after a no-confidence vote and this could further complicate the passage of legislation to scale up and enhance the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), a key element of the euro zone's crisis response.

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    Billionaire investor George Soros said he believed the United States was already experiencing the pain of a double dip recession and that Republican opposition to Obama's fiscal stimulus plans was to blame for sluggish growth.

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    The Fed's gloomy words on the economy left the market with a sinking feeling that's likely to spill into Thursday. "The Fed sounded nervous," one strategist said.

  • Soros on Eurozone Crisis

    "You could have two or three of the small countries default or leave the euro," George Soros, Soros Fund Management chairman, tells CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.

  • Due to breaking news on last Friday's Money In Motion, we dropped my trade structure for today's FOMC meeting.  Here's the info.

  • Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg takes part in a question and answer session with community groups at the Frontline Church in Liverpool, England.

    Britain’s deputy prime minister, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg told delegates at his annual party conference in Birmingham on Wednesday there was no turning back from the coalition government’s fiscal austerity program despite figures showing government borrowing in August reached a record high for the month.

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    Tuesday, I explained that the most sensible plan to limit contagion from the Greek meltdown would be for the European Central Bank to set interest-rate targets for the sovereign debt of other distressed nations in the euro zone.

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    The European Central Bank says it loaned $500 million to a single bank for seven days, raising further fears that a major financial institution could be in trouble.

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    The chances of Italy defaulting on its debt repayments are actually smaller than the market is pricing in, according to analysts at Credit Suisse.

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    The European banking system is the biggest threat to global equities, according to a survey of investors by Barclays Capital.

  • Germany sold 4.188 billion euros of 10-year government bonds on Wednesday in an auction that attracted greater demand than at a previous sale and sent borrowing costs to a record low in the category.

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    Members of the euro zone are suffering from a severe bout of buyers’ remorse. Many would like to disassemble the kit they bought almost 20 years ago and put together in the late 1990s and 2000s. The FT reports.

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    Markets are expecting the Fed to unveil a modern day "Operation Twist," similar to a Federal Reserve program in the early 1960s. Fed watchers speculate on various degrees of easing, but they basically agree the Fed is about to unveil a program to buy longer dated Treasury securities in a bid to hold down interest rates.

  • Christine Lagarde and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    The IMF  has thus far played a supporting role to the European Union  in tackling the sovereign debt crisis; some analysts say that needs to change—starting this week.

  • Tarp for Europe?

    Europe has enough capital to solve its own deficit situation. However, the problem is the debt is not spread evenly, says Neel Kashkari, PIMCO head of global equities, who also offer his thoughts on how to avert a banking catastrophe in Europe.

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    Italy gets a downgrade and riskier currencies get a haircut - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Greek Crisis Concerns

    Raghavan Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank, wears a tuxedo to work every day and is on Squawk to discuss concerns over the Greek crisis. He says the larger interests in the EU have to come together politically and deal with the problem. He adds there's real opportunity in the emerging markets.