Economic Regions The European Union


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    Investments in Europe could come to total more than 20 percent of China's sovereign wealth fund’s diversified equities, according to Jin Liqun, chairman of the Board of Supervisors at the fund.

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    Expect volatility in the week ahead as earnings season kicks into high gear, with 12 Dow components and nearly a fifth of the S&P 500 reporting. Plus, European sovereign debt issues.

  • Euro Contagion on Currency Markets

    Axel Merk, Merk Investment president & CIO, discusses whether Europe will see more easing and what it means for global currency markets.

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    The European Central Bank’s twin 3-year refinancing operations, known as Long-Term Refinancing Operations (LTROs), have not solved Europe’s problems, but have distorted markets which are now reacting excessively to marginal pieces of news, Saxobank’s chief economist Steen Jakobsen said on Friday.

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    The French government likes social media — so much so that the country’s sovereign wealth fund has invested 10 million euros in an online network. The NYT reports.

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    Levels of government debt have soared in most countries since 2008 as a result of the financial crisis and will need to be brought down to “prudent” levels of around 50 percent of gross domestic product to cope with future challenges including health and long-term care and pensions, the OECD said in a report published on Thursday.

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    The problems of the euro zone are back under the magnifying glass this week – but investors need to be careful to distinguish between the less and more successful countries.

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    The tale of ever-tightening oil inventories and reduced supply appears to be coming to an end, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday.

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    The second bailout for Greece, the epicenter of the euro zone debt crisis, and recent liquidity programs have not resolved the euro zone debt crisis and the EU is unlikely to survive, George Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management said on Thursday.

  • Gold

    The price of gold has fallen, with the CBOE gold index hitting a new 52-week low recently, and Stuart Oakley, head of emerging markets FX Trading at RBS, told CNBC that the gold trade is over for now.

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    Europe's debt problems, pushed into the background by an American-style central bank liquidity surge, have come back to revisit the markets, perhaps sooner than many investors had expected.

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    The international spotlight will be trained on Greek politics in May, as a Greek population straining at the reins of austerity takes to the ballot box.

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    Global utilities have underperformed in 2012, but opportunities exist for investors in well regulated and politically stable regions, Per Lekander, analyst at UBS, told CNBC.

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    Stock markets are likely to see a selloff of around 10 percent in the second quarter but over the longer term share prices may go even lower, according to Bob Janjuah, co-head of global macro research and head of tactical asset allocation at Nomura Securities.

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    With a bearish outlook on the Chinese economy, this analyst says his strategy is to stay short of the Aussie dollar.

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    Commodity exporting nations should prepare for a future in which commodity prices are far less likely to increase at the pace of the last decade and could in fact decrease, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) report warned on Tuesday, in an update to its World Economic Outlook.

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    European traders logging on Tuesday morning for the first time since Thursday found a shakier marketplace than they left.

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    Key indicators are showing heightened risk of another "funding squeeze" in Europe despite action by the central bank to pump more than 1 trillion euros of cheap loans into the region's lenders through its longer-term refinancing operation, Patrick Perret-Green, head of FX & rates strategy for Asia at Citi told CNBC on Tuesday.

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    South-Eastern Europe could throw up some surprises to the downside, Peter Attard Montalto, emerging market economist at Nomura, told CNBC on Thursday.

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    Credit rating agencies are sparring in public over new ratings as they seek to enhance reputations damaged during the financial crisis. The Financial Times reports.