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Discussing continued uncertainty over Europe and the euro dropping below $1.27 for the first time since September 2010, with CNBC's Steve Liesman, and Athanasios Orphanides, Central Bank of Cyprus governor.
France's bond auctions have been “reassuring” so far and the country will persuade investors that it is a safe place for their money, French Budget Minister Valerie Pecresse told CNBC in an interview Thursday.
UK government bonds, having seen record lows in the 10-year yields at the end of 2011, will continue to be a sought-after safe haven asset as long as the euro zone's debt crisis remains unresolved, according to bond experts.
Creating a stronger currency union will take time, and the two leaders should concentrate on putting out the immediate fire first, by finding ways to boost growth, analysts told CNBC.com.
What kind of surprises are in store for 2012? If Byron Wien is correct, Italy and Greece will voluntarily default and the S&P 500 will top 1400. Plus, who will win the presidential election and more predictions for 2012.
With experts talking openly about a potential breakup of the euro zone, here's the vocabulary you need to be in the know.
In 2011 investors had a lot to worry about. The euro zone crisis, credit rating downgrades, slowing growth, crisis in North Africa and the tragic nuclear and natural disasters which hit Japan all led to a relentless 12 months of market volatility.
UK chief financial officers (CFOs) see the break - up of the European single currency as the greatest threat to their businesses in 2012, a survey from the accountancy firm Deloitte showed on Tuesday.
American shareholders are suing Britain's Lloyds Banking Group and the bank's former executives, saying they were misled over its rescue of fellow lender HBOS in the depths of the financial crisis in 2008.
Discussing three ways to make money in the $4 trillion currency market, including the falling euro; profiting from payrolls; and gold's bearish move, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Money in Motion traders.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should resist pressure from European Union leaders to take part in inadequate bailout programs for European countries, Mohamed El-Erian wrote in the Financial Times.
There was a wide-ranging change of the guard in Europe in 2011. In 2012, there could be an even bigger shift, with several key countries facing possible changes at the top.
The yield on Italian 10-year bonds fell from the euro era highs reached in November, settling slightly below the market-sensitive level of 7 percent in an auction on Thursday.
Greek tax officials walked off the job Thursday at the start of a 48-hour strike to protest salary cuts and other austerity measures, as the government struggles to meet revenue targets.
2011 was the most dramatic year for the euro in the decade since the single currency was launched. 2012 may bring more of the same, analysts say.
Yield on the Italian 10-Year is up some 7% ahead of Thursday's bond auction, with CNBC's Melissa Lee, Bob Pisani & Carl Quintanilla.
Banks are the key to fixing Europe's ongoing economic crisis, and they must be helped to lend while recapitalization of European financial institutions takes place early next year, analysts said on Tuesday.
Will the risk-on rally continue through the end of the year? How to make money from the risk-on rally, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Money in Motion traders. With Deutsche Bank's Joe LaVorgna. Also, how to short the euro now, as the ECB takes new measures to support euro zone banks.
The global markets. European stocks rise to a two-week high, although volume is extremely light heading into the holiday. Moody's keeps Austria's AAA rating with a stable outlook. Ten-year Italian bonds remain near 7 percent -- Italy will hold a series of bond auctions next week. Greece must decide whether it will take a 70- or 50-percent haircut. And a decision on European downgrades will come in January, according to S&P. With Dan Greenhaus, BTIG chief global strategist, and Stephen Weiss, Short Hill Cap
Though European stocks are up this week, and the European Central Bank's three-year loan program was deemed a success (it eased funding difficulties for banks), the euro is little changed, hovering around $1.30. Spreads on southern European bonds vs. German bunds are generally wider, and Italian 10-year bonds remain near 7 percent. This is a serious problem, as Italy has a series of bond auctions before the year is out.