Economic Regions The European Union

  • A Sign of Recovery: Back to the Old Normal?

    An interesting chart on page 72 of this week’s Economist shows European bank funding costs falling below that of investment-grade corporates for the first time since 2009. This may not have the headline-grabbing weight of an improvement in the inflation or unemployment statistics, but it is just as significant.

  • The biggest bank in the Nordic region has warned that demand remains weak and competition for deposits remains intense, even as some of the risks from the euro zone debt crisis have subsided.

  • The Immeasurable Risk European Banks May Be Hiding

    There is growing concern among policymakers and analysts that the true extent of European banks’ debt problems is being masked.

  • We’ll Watch Global Economy Closely: Volvo CEO

    Global macro-economic headwinds will be the factor to watch most closely over the coming months as uncertainty abounds, Olof Persson, CEO at Volvo Group told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

  • Global Markets: EU Shares Fall After PMI Data

    CNBC's Ross Westgate, reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as stocks fall after data showed poor manufacturing output in the euro zone.

  • Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

    Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), is focusing on one of the most important aspects of his job Wednesday – keeping Germany onside.

  • Fixing the Fiscal Cliff

    Gary Dugan, CIO, Asia & Middle East, Coutts says that the U.S. economy could see a recession if the fiscal cliff is not fixed.

  • Spain’s ‘Vicious Circle’ Worsens as Moody’s Downgrades Regions

    With Spain looking increasingly likely to miss this year’s deficit target, credit rating downgrades for several of its regions, and its borrowing costs showing an uptick things aren’t getting any better for the country, with one analyst telling CNBC that the country is caught in a “vicious circle”.

  • Global Markets: Earnings Drive EU Shares Lower

    CNBC's Ross Westgate, reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as markets drifted lower after a steady stream of earnings news delivered mixed messages.

  • Is Spain Facing Japan-Style Stagnation?

    The credit crisis has led to the U.S., the U.K. and even the entire euro zone being dubbed the "new Japan" – with the Asian country synonymous with a particular kind of extended stagnation.

  • Grisanti: What to Watch This Week - Futures Now

    High-frequency trading could have positive effects on the functioning of financial markets, contradicting an increasingly popular view that such trades have increased volatility and should be curbed or even banned, a U.K. government report found.

  • ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    The European Central Bank has “crossed red lines” by overstepping its monetary policy remit and operating in the realms of fiscal policy and politics, former executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB), Juergen Stark told CNBC on Monday.

  • OCBC: Positive on Markets

    Vasu Menon, Vice President of Wealth Management Singapore, OCBC Bank says that he's more positive on the markets as central banks have pumped in a lot of liquidity into the system.

  • Have US Sanctions on Iran Worked?

    John Kingston, Global Director Of News, Platts says that U.S. sanctions on Iran have worked far better than most people think.

  • Europe Needs a Growth Blueprint

    Robert Rennie, Global Head of FX Strategy, Westpac Bank says that Europe lacks concrete growth plans that will put people back to work.

  • Fed to Stand Pat This Week

    Adolfo Laurenti, Deputy Chief Economist & MD, Mesirow Financial says that the Fed will not do anything at its upcoming meeting as it waits for the effects of QE3 to play out.

  • Spain May Spend Months in ‘No Man’s Land’ Over Bailout

    Spain just can't seem to ask for a bailout, and that is giving this strategist ideas.

  • Hedge Funds Cite 'Fiscal Cliff' as Top Concern: Survey

    The upcoming elections and the impending “fiscal cliff” have hedge funds more on edge than any other issue, according to a survey by Macro Risk Advisors.

  • As Asia Slows, Luxury Watchmakers Count on Elite Buyers

    As Asia Slows, Luxury Watchmakers Count on Elite Buyers

  • Luxury Retail Stocks a ‘Buy,’ Despite Recent Blip: Pro

    Investors can find excellent value in luxury retailers such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton despite warnings of a sales slowdown in the sector, according to James Bevan, chief investment officer at CCLA Investment Management.