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    China could purchase large amounts of struggling European debt at bargain prices, taking away a major threat to the euro zone, Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson told CNBC.

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    Higher commodities prices and an uptick in China's inflation rate  are putting the global economy in a better situation by cutting the potential for deflation, George Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management, told CNBC Wednesday.

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    Though the US-China relationship often dominates the geopolitical trade debate, Beijing is now the top trading partner for Japan, Australia and South Africa, as well as South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

  • German gross domestic product will likely rise 3 percent in 2011, according to economists at Capital Economics. But their pick for next-strongest euro-zone economy tends to fly under the radar.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    Jean-Claude Trichet’s hawkish comments on inflationary pressures and the resultant jump in the euro following Thursday’s European Central Bank's press conference talk has turned attention back to central bank exit strategies, an economist said Friday.

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    The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill that raises the state income tax from a maximum rate of 3% to 5%. They also raised the corporate income tax...As painful as they are, we are in the position of having no choice and yet, these tax increases will not raise the expected amounts.

  • The newly created European Banking Authority says it will publish the results of new stress tests on big European banks in mid-2011.

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    Despite denials by the Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates that the country will not be seeking financial aid from the IMF or the European Union, technical discussions are being held ‘quietly’ among European leaders about a possible bailout plan, the Portuguese newspaper Publico reported on its Web site.

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    Worries of the european debt crisis was back in the news on Monday as Euro shares dropped sharply ahead of debt auctions this week.

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    European sovereign debt is the US stock market's bad penny—it keeps turning up where it's not wanted and at the most inopportune times.

  • Dennis Gartman, founder of "The Gartman Letter," said he still expects the euro to split into two currencies.

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    Greek bond yields hit another record high Monday amid a broader flare-up in Europe's debt crisis and despite better than expected deficit reduction figures.

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    Welcome to the world of European sovereign debt restructuring proposals — where politicians dream of making the world other than it is by act of Parliament.

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    January in the northern hemisphere is usually the coldest month of the year and it might prove to be a bitter one for euro zone governments trying to raise money in the capital markets, reports the Financial Times.

  • European Central Bank

    Eurozone end-of-year financial market tensions have been highlighted by the European Central Bank’s failure to reabsorb funds it has spent on buying government bonds to combat the region’s debt crisis, reports the Financial Times.

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    Critics once proclaimed that the euro was doomed to struggle. Different countries would pursue such different economic policies, they argued, that it would ultimately place an unbearable strain on the currency and some of its members. Today, many of those predictions are coming true, the New York Times reports.

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    The European Central Bank increased its intervention in government bond markets last week, indicating that the euro’s monetary guardian remained wary of an escalation of the eurozone debt crisis, reports the Financial Times.

  • The bulls may be running down Wall Street now, but traders are still kept up at night by events they believe could happen in 2011 to derail this rally.

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    Though many in Washington and Wall Street have applauded the bipartisan tax cut package as a key economic stimulant, there are more than a few skeptics about its potential impact.

  • The CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX) edged upward Monday. With a new year, rising tensions on the Korean peninsula and global debt fears, should you shift your portfolio allocations? Julian Pendock, partner at Senhouse Capital, offered CNBC his insights.