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    Global investors have followed every twist in the ongoing debt crisis engulfing the euro zone. See what countries have the most indebted governments, and how their economies are faring.

  • The stock markets "have been saved" by the yen weakness that has sprung from the G7 intervention in March, when the world's major central banks acted jointly to push down the Japanese currency's value, according to Chris Zwermann, global strategist at Zwermann Financial.

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    Commerzbank on Wednesday presented a plan to repay 14.3 billion euros ($20.3 billion) of the 16.2 billion euros of state aid by June.

  • High Street retailers are dealing with the same pressures as their US counterparts and more.

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    Commerzbank is expected to set out plans for a multibillion-dollar fundraising as early as Wednesday that will substantially reduce its dependence on German government aid, the Financial Times reports.

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    For these champions of farfegnugen the latest Consumer Reports review of the new Jetta must sting. CR was disappointed in the new Jetta, writing, "The redesigned Volkswagen Jetta is a shadow of the agile, well-finished car it once was."

  • "A player on a sports team might prefer a particular strategy, but it's the coach's opinion that matters the most," said DRW Holdings market strategist Lou Brien, in a research note.

  • Guy Monson, a fund manager at Sarasin, has called the two-year rally in stocks and stayed true to his bullish views despite the wall of worry.

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    The UK economy returned to growth in the first quarter of 2011 but the outlook for the rest of the year remains worrying, according to a report published Tuesday by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

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    Austerity is - to put it bluntly - not going very well for a number of euro zone countries forced to impose measures on their economies and voters.

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    Oil prices have recovered from a short sharp sell-off late last month to hit fresh highs but could be about to sell off again, according to Julian Jessop, the chief international economist at Capital Economics.

  • Stocks are the safest place to be as inflation fears mount, Mark Mobius, Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group, told CNBC Monday.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    The ECB is this week expected to lift rates by 25 basis points in a bid to reign in inflation despite ongoing fears over the financial health of Portugal, Ireland and Greece.

  • Interest rates

    It is all but certain that the ECB will raise rates this week. It has been itching to do so for some time. Now that the moment has arrived, what will the move actually mean for the euro zone and the global economy?

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    Euro zone inflation defied expectations of a small decline and surged higher in March, an early estimate showed on Thursday, a week before the European Central Bank is expected to raise interest rates to stem price growth.

  • HSBC

    HSBC is cutting growth targets and raising inflation forecasts following dramatic rises in commodity prices that threaten the global recovery.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    The German government led by Angela Merkel is facing urgent calls from the country’s normally reticent business community for a return to “rational and reliable” economic policies, in a sign of its disenchantment with the centre-right coalition, the Financial Times reports.

  • China

    The world's biggest economies are recovering from the Great Recession at troublesome speeds: too fast or too slow.

  • Perhaps we were wrong to cite the CBOE's VIX contract as a good indicator of market volatility? Recent events, including on-going military action in Libya and the Portugal sovereign debt crisis, would have suggested that the market should sell off on greater uncertainty, and yet the VIX fell from 29 last week to 17 today. Are investors becoming more sanguine about these issues?

  • Standard & Poor’s downgrade of Portugal’s five largest banks is wrong and mistakenly lumps Portugal with Greece, Ireland and Spain, the CEO of one of the banks told CNBC Tuesday.