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  • A recovery in the US housing market and growth for the US economy are key to the global economic recovery, along with growth in China and further funding for Greece, Gary Baker, head of European equity strategy at BofA Merrill Lynch told CNBC.

  • The Road to Recovery Gets Steeper Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 5:20 AM ET

    What is one to make of recent economic data, particularly in the advanced countries? Is the world economy slowing? If so, should policy do anything about it and, if so, what might the alternatives be? The FT reports.

  • Greek News 'Depressing' but Not Scary: SAP Exec Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 4:19 AM ET

    Talk about a possible default by Greece has caused some concern for SAP in Central and Eastern Europe but it is not changing the company's plans, Manfred Joseph, managing director at SAP CEE, told CNBC.com.

  • Dollar Drags, Brazil's Real Sags Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 9:35 AM ET

    The dollar is dragging again, and the real is returning to earth. Here's your Tuesday FX fix.

  • Dollar Rise Will Spell Trouble for Gold: Analysts Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 5:03 AM ET
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    The long term price of gold could come under pressure from a rallying dollar as the risk from the sovereign debt crisis subsides, Barclays Capital analysts said on Tuesday.

  • 'Poster Child of Entitlement' Must Change: Economist Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 4:44 AM ET
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    A new government is in place in Portugal, tasked with tackling the problems facing one of the sick men of Europe. Unfortunately, new faces in government do not in any way change the problems being faced by a country, according to one analyst.

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    Soft restructuring is only a temporary measure, and a German-led plan to convince private investors to voluntarily extend maturities on Greek debt will not prevent a default, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • Double-Dip Unlikely so Buy Stocks: Economist Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 3:53 AM ET
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    Despite weak economic data a double dip recession is unlikely and investors should favor stocks over bonds, according to Chris Watling, the CEO of Longview Economics in London.

  • Think 'the Germans' Won't Pay? Think Again: Wadhwa Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 3:36 AM ET
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    German banks, Spanish farmers, Greek debt - what should Germany finance next? Answer: None of the above. End of discourse, writes CNBC's Silvia Wadhwa.

  • ECB Firefight Leaves It Exposed to Greek Shock Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 12:15 AM ET
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    As euro zone politicians scramble to bring Greek public finances back under control, the question of how much the European Central Bank will lose if they fail to avert a default has taken on greater importance, reported the FT.

  • Dollar on Downdraft, Peruvian Sol Under a Cloud Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 7:58 AM ET

    The dollar is down again, the euro is twitching, and an election in Peru is casting a shadow — time for your Monday FX Fix.

  • Strike and We'll Change the Law, UK Warns Unions Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 6:42 AM ET

    The UK government will send a warning to unions Monday that it is prepared to change the law should it deem it necessary to avoid the threat of coordinated strikes.

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    Commodities will weaken in the short term as the Chinese economy starts to slow, but prices could once again move higher from this fall boosted by power constraints in China, Jim Lennon, head of commodities research at Macquarie Bank told CNBC on Monday.

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    Europe has not yet had its financial crisis while America is still recovering from its crisis in 2008 according to Jim McCaughan, the CEO of Principal Global Investors.

  • Portugal's New Government Faces Daunting Task Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 2:03 AM ET

    Having failed to secure a majority in Sunday’s election, the new conservative-led coalition will face a daunting task as it attempts to turn around its country’s ailing finances, according to Barclays Capital.

  • Germans Have No Choice But to Pay: Wadhwa Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 1:20 AM ET
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    Whether we like it or not, whether we're the German or French tax payer who has to foot the bill or the Greek, Spanish or Irish citizen who feels the pain of austerity in his or her respective purse – there is no choice!

  • Top Tories Reject Clamour for Plan B Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 12:22 AM ET
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (front 2nd Left) calls an end to a group picture with his new cabinet ministers in the garden of Number 10 Downing Street in London, England.

    There is no need for a “plan B” for the economy even if conditions change, senior Conservatives insisted on Sunday as Ed Balls renewed his attack on the government’s “reckless” deficit reduction program, reported the FT.

  • How to Trade the Aftermath of Friday's Data Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 7:46 PM ET

    The dollar has taken a beating over the last week. Here's how to trade it now.

  • Jobs Data Disappoints and Safe-Havens Soar Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 9:39 AM ET

    Safe-haven currencies are on a roll. Yes, it's the economy, stupid — time for your FX Fix.

  • Portugal Votes, Faces Resistance to Freer Labor Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 7:30 AM ET
    Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates speaks during a press conference at Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon. Socrates warned his political opponents not to provoke a political crisis over planned austerity measures to solve the country's debt crisis.

    Portugal goes to the polls on Sunday looking to elect a government that will lead them through an austerity package mandated by the European Union and International Monetary fund; but whoever wins will need to defy the electorate and introduce unpopular policies.