Panic has gripped stock markets worldwide over the Greek debt crisis and the threat of a debt-deflation contagion through banks in Europe (primarily) and the U.S. that own the bonds of Greece, Portugal, Spain, and so forth. If these bond asset prices collapse totally, lending facilities would be badly crimped for both the short and long term.
The ink was barely dry on the $150 billion EU/IMF bailout of Greece when world stock markets tanked on two major fears.
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The market is already beginning to ask if the German public and the EU have the stomach for a rescue package for Portugal, Spain, Ireland and even for Italy.
The Greek debt crisis is beginning to take a back seat, while the earnings season has got off to a solid start, therefore stocks are once again a good place for investors, Bruno Verstraete, CEO of Nautilus Invest in Zurich, told CNBC Tuesday.
Despite yields on Greek debt falling after the bailout deal, analysts and investors warn that there are still pitfalls that could threaten the single European currency.
More than three quarters of business leaders think that a hung parliament will be bad for the UK economy, a survey commissioned by CNBC showed Tuesday.
European officials are finally getting spurred into action by the danger of contagion and sources in the City say Greek debt is a screaming buy.
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.
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?
Germany's reticence to come to the rescue of the Greek government has been widely criticised across the euro zone.
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.
The recent rally in stocks has lost momentum and investors should bail out now or face a summer of sharp declines, Robin Griffiths, technical strategist from Cazenove Capital, told CNBC Monday.
The FTSE-100 may continue its run higher for another month or so, but the UK’s main stock index faces a "severe decline" early in the New Year, Sandy Jadeja from SignalPro told CNBC Thursday.
The economy and the stock market have very good potential to climb, as the strength of the recovery will surprise many, two market experts told CNBC Tuesday.
If the last five years are anything to go by, then a strategy of picking individual stocks beats just buying the major indexes – provided you pick the winning stocks, research from financial Web site the Motley Fool showed.
Stocks and gold are crowded markets and there is a risk that everybody will want to exit at the same time, Hugh Hendry, chief investment officer at Eclectica, told CNBC Friday.
Dow 10,000 may sound impressive, but look back just two years, and the index of the 30 biggest US shares was sitting comfortably above 14,000.
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The dollar index could tank another 10 percent or more over the next six months, and the recent rally in gold can continue to push stocks higher, Chris Zwermann, global strategist at Zwermann Financial, told CNBC.