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  • Protersters gather in front of the Greek parliament under rainfall during the 48-hours anti-austerity strike.

    Greece's Parliament early Thursday approved new reforms to the country's struggling pension system, the latest move in a flurry of legislative action required to secure new international rescue loans that will stave off a Greek bankruptcy.

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    The beleaguered population of Ireland will take to the polls to vote on the new European Union treaty later this year – and could use the opportunity to register a protest vote against austerity.

  • BlackRock's Fink Says Get Off Sidelines

    Laurence Fink, BlackRock chairman & CEO, says there could be serious repercussions for investors not getting into the stock market: "The biggest risks for investors are not making decisions," he tells CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.

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    The second round of the European Central Bank’s mass release of loans at its record low interest rate into the European banking system was slightly higher than expectations, sending European markets higher on Wednesday.

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    The European Central Bank offering is a hit, and commodity-linked currencies get a lift - time for your FX Fix.

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    US-Israeli relations are expected to come under further pressure during a Washington visit by a high-level delegation from the Israeli government, to include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak next Monday. 

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    The results of the second round of Europe’s answer to quantitative easing, to be announced Wednesday, will be watched even more closely than the first round in December.

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    Argentina holds no lessons for Greece in how to manage a sovereign default, Robert Shapiro, Co-chair of the American Taskforce on Argentina and Co-founder and Chairman of Sonecon, an economic advisory firm told CNBC.com.

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    Last year was one of the worst on record for hedge funds, but the industry appears to be shrugging off the bad times. According to Deutsche Bank's latest Alternative Investment Survey, hedge fund assets are expected to rise 12 percent to a record $2.26 trillion this year.

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    The scale of money printing in the West has become so massive that the world may fall prey to "monetary anarchy," with traces of bubbles appearing everywhere.

  • Long-term refinancing operations (LTROs) have been around for years in the euro zone – but the European Central Bank launched them in a new form to tackle the debt crisis.

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    Cross-asset contagion has decreased considerably since the ECB launched its three-year refinancing operation in December, Sebastian Ceria, CEO of Axioma, a portfolio optimization and risk management firm, told CNBC.

  • With Europe seesawing, this Scandinavian is worth another look.

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    A new survey of chief financial officers finds that confidence in the global economy is on the rise, but there is a discrepancy between European and American CFOs when it comes to individual businesses’ confidence and expectations.

  • Future of the Financial System

    There is a lot of wood to chop with regard to re-doing the financial system, says Steve Crawford, former Morgan Stanley co-president/Centerview Partners co-founder/partner. Crawford discusses the major re-dos of the banking system and how firms want to re-position themselves going forward.

  • Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    Germany's top court said on Tuesday a parliamentary committee set up to approve urgent action by the euro zone bailout fund was "in large part" unconstitutional, in a ruling that may hamper Berlin's ability to tackle Europe's debt crisis.

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    Oil prices will fall to below $100 a barrel within the next month because markets are over estimating the potential of Western military action against Iran, said Andrew Su, CEO of commodity and currency broker, Compass Global Markets.

  • Here’s a quick roundup/review of the trades.

  • Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    If enough banks borrow in the European Central Bank's refinancing operation, risk currencies could get a lift.

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    Issuing statements which criticize Greek efforts to resolve its debt crisis could “destroy” the latest bailout deal for the embattled Mediterranean country, a key member of the Greek government told CNBC Monday.