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  • Farrell: Greece's Risky Business Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 12:06 PM ET
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    The market is highly skeptical about a rescue which was only emphasized by Standard and Poors downgrading the rating on Greece to "junk." Wow guys, way to be timely.

  • Saving Greece: An Interview with Axel Weber Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 10:48 AM ET

    One of the key players in trying to work out a solution is Germany, and I spoke with Axel Weber, President of Germany’s central bank, the Deutsche Bundesbank.

  • Swaps Not Responsible for Crisis, Greece Is: Papantoniou Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 9:05 AM ET
    Traders at the NY Stock Exchange

    A lack of competitiveness, not credit default swaps (CDS), brought Greece to the brink of financial catastrophe, former Greek Finance Minister Yannos Papantoniou told CNBC.com Wednesday.

  • What the Debt Crisis Means for Business Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 8:30 AM ET

    The market reaction to the debt crisis in Greece and the euro zone has spooked investors across the world and led to heavy selling of stocks. But is the crisis actually impacting real businesses, given Greece makes up only two percent of euro zone gross domestic product?

  • German Idealism Will Lead to Euro Crisis: Strategist Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 6:43 AM ET
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    Germany's reticence to come to the rescue of the Greek government has been widely criticised across the euro zone.

  • How the Greek Downgrade Will Affect Markets Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 4:41 AM ET

    Whispers of contagion are sending a chill through bond markets, while the euro is likely to fall further and things don't look pretty for stocks. Smart money is likely to go into gold.

  • Busch: Three Week Euro Scenario Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 12:13 PM ET

    There are two known dates and one unknown date that will cause volatility and uncertainty surrounding the Euro. All three will likely occur in the next three weeks.

  • Hedge Funds Shrug off Regulatory Threat Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 10:00 AM ET

    As Goldman Sachs faced investigation and Democrats and Republicans battle over financial regulation in the house it appears hedge funds are thriving despite the threat of more stringent rules.

  • Farrell: Greece—A New Moral Hazard? Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 9:41 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    The bailout of Greece has stirred ferocious debate and fallout in Germany, which has an election shortly.

  • Emerging Markets Stronger: El-Erian Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 5:04 PM ET
    Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian

    Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-CIO of Pimco, the world’s largest bond investor, said some emerging market economies are doing better than those of developed countries because they had dealt with financial crises years earlier.

  • Why EU Debt Woes Are Good for US Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 3:32 PM ET

    Plus, get calls on the banks, autos, retail and more.

  • Greek Bond Yields Getting ‘Merkeled’ Higher Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 6:24 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    The German language has been "enriched" by a new word that might well make it into international dictionaries: Sich durchmerkeln.

  • Dow Rises for an 8th Straight Week Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 5:49 PM ET

    The Dow pulled off an eighth straight week of gains. It was a straight flush this week, with the Dow ending higher in five of five sessions this week, for a total gain of 1.7 percent.

  • Dow Erases Gains as Microsoft, Travelers Skid Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 11:43 AM ET

    Stocks erased their gains Friday as Microsoft, Travelers and Verizon weighed on the Dow after disappointing investors with their latest results.

  • Futures Fall After Greece Asks for Aid Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 6:23 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures turned slightly lower before the open Friday as the Greek Prime Minister requested aid from the International Monetary Fund and European Union.

  • Overseas Marijuana Laws: Leaning Toward Lenient Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:02 AM ET
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    Portugal and Spain  provide as good as an example as The Netherlands. In both countries, the drug is illegal, but you'd never know it based on some quirky technicalities.  The general trend is about prevention, not punishment.

  • British Airways screen

    The sell-off in oil has intensified as much of Europe is still paralyzed by air travel disruptions caused the the volcanic ash cloud hovering above parts of the continent.

  • Recovery in Danger Because of New Imbalances: ECB Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 6:54 AM ET
    Flags of member states of the European Union.

    Distortions in the global economy that provided the backdrop to the financial crisis threaten to widen again and upset the world-wide recovery, the European Central Bank has warned.

  • Farrell: China and Greece on My Mind Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 11:25 AM ET
    Greece

    Greece easily sold a bunch of short term bills Tuesday morning with demand far exceeding the supply. An originally planned sale of 1.2 billion Euros in 6 and 12 month bills was expanded to 1.56 billion Euros. The yields were so high, however, as to be painful.

  • Farrell: An Olympic Effort to Save Greece Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | 9:53 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    Big brother and big sister came to the rescue—sort of—and said they would throw in 60 billion of Euros—maybe—if Greece needed it. If they need it?