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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speak at a meeting on debt crisis.

    The year ahead will see slow global economic growth combined with political uncertainty to create to a similar outlook for  stock markets to 2011 with a significant chance of continued stock market volatility, according to a research note published by HSBC’s global head of equity strategy, Gary Evans.

  • Noyer Takes Swipe at British Economy Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 1:28 AM ET
    France Finance minister Francois Baroin (R) poses next to US Finance minister Timothy Geithner (L) eyed by French central bank governor Christian Noyer on October 14, 2011 at the 'Cite de L'Architecture' in Paris, prior to a working dinner, on the first day of the G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.

    The governor of France’s central bank has said Britain is more deserving of losing its top-notch credit rating than France as Paris braces itself for a potential downgrade of the country’s triple A status.

  • Money Match Up Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 5:30 PM ET
    Money Match Up

    Will S&P downgrade Europe? The currency trade behind a potential downgrade, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Money in Motion traders. And a bullion breakdown. Does the gold rout this week prove the dollar is a more valuable property?

  • Global Markets Update: Euro Comes Off 11-Month Low Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 5:10 AM ET
    Global Markets Update: Euro Comes Off 11-Month Low

    U.S. futures are up following yesterday's gains. European shares rise, led by mining stocks. Fitch downgrades Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas and Barclays. The euro is off its 11-month low. Italian PM Monti faces a confidence vote on a 33 billion euro austerity package. And gold rebounds while crude stays steady. In Asia, better-than-expected U.S. economic data lifts the markets in a mixed session.

  • Outrageous Predictions: A Third-Party President? Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 2:28 AM ET
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    An extended bank holiday in the European Union to halt a steep market fall, a third party candidate winning the race for the White House, and 50 European banks being nationalized are just a few of Saxo Bank's "outrageous predictions" for 2012.

  • Farr: Santa, Greece Has Been Naughty! Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
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    Although most of the other troubled European countries may not have the same degree of tax evasion and nepotism that Greece has, each of these countries will be forced to implement painful reforms that are likely to endanger the jobs of many European politicians.

  • Global Markets Update: LaGarde Calls for Action by Countries Outside EU

    European markets have a mostly green day after upbeat U.S. economic data -- insurance stocks are among the day's best performers. Credit Agricole falls after Fitch downgrades its long-term rating. Italy calls for a Friday confidence vote in effort to speed up austerity passage. And the IMF's Christine LaGarde says the world economic outlook is "quite gloomy" and requires action by countries outside the EU. Henry McVey, KKR head of global macro and asset allocation, discusses his investment strategy for a tu

  • Global Markets Update: Euro at 11-Month Low vs. Dollar Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 6:08 AM ET
    Global Markets Update: Euro at 11-Month Low vs. Dollar

    European markets rebound, although euro zone concerns remain. Manufacturing data continues to contract. Meanwhile, Spain finds strong demand for bonds even as yields on the 5-year fall. And the euro hits an 11-month low against the dollar.

  • For Europe, Only Way Out Is to Break Up: Kyle Bass Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 11:17 AM ET
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    With no workable solutions in sight and a sovereign debt crisis only likely to get worse, the European Union is likely to see an ultimate breakup, widely followed hedge fund executive Kyle Bass told CNBC.

  • Pondering a Dire Day: Leaving the Euro Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
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    As the truth dawns in Greece and other weak euro zone economies that the price for remaining bound to the single currency will be more hardship and sacrifice, a growing number of legal and financial experts — to say nothing of the Greeks themselves — are examining in detail what would happen if Greece abandoned the euro. The NYT reports.

  • Europe, Stop Kidding the Markets! Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 9:39 AM ET

    What is needed is an agreement, and then an undertaking, to make the euro work. This needs a centralized budgetary authority, which has control over the debt issuance process as well, to ensure that governments do not run up unsustainable public deficits. Tie that into a genuine lender of last resort role for the European Central Bank and we are almost there.

  • Top Earners Not So Lofty in the Days of Recession Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 5:14 AM ET
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    Hold the condolence cards, but the recession cost the rich. The share of income received by the top 1 percent — that potent symbol of inequality — dropped to 17 percent in 2009 from 23 percent in 2007, according to federal tax data. The New York Times reports.

  • Why Europe Has Investors Running Scared—Again Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 1:57 PM ET
    France and Germany want a new European Union treaty for all 27 members or for the 17 members of the eurozone with other nations signing on a voluntary basis, President Sarkozy said today

    The search for a silver bullet to fix Europe’s debt mess again has come up empty.

  • Only the ECB Can Save Europe: Pimco's Kashkari Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 12:51 PM ET
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    Only the European Central Bank "has the balance sheet big enough to deal with this crisis" in Europe, Neel Kashkari, Pimco's head of equities, told CNBC Monday.

  • 'The Right Answer Was No Treaty': David Cameron Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 11:41 AM ET
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    UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday defended his decision to veto European Union treaty changes at last week's summit of EU leaders, saying he was faced with a choice of treaty change without safeguards for Britain, or no treaty.  

  • Crouch: The Day The Euro Died Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 9:43 AM ET
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    While most have dubbed the products of the European Union Summit as further ‘kicking the can down the road,’ I believe the outcome portends the end of the Euro currency as we now know it.

  • A Romance With Risk That Brought On a Panic Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 8:05 AM ET
    Jon Corzine

    Soon after taking the reins of MF Global in 2010, Jon S. Corzine visited the Wall Street firm’s Chicago offices for the first time, greeting the brokers, analysts and sales staff there, the New York Times reports.

  • Euro Crisis Pits Germany and US in Tactical Fight Sunday, 11 Dec 2011 | 10:10 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama talk ahead of the start of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government on November 3, 2011 in Cannes, France.

    The latest response to the euro crisis sparks a debate  over  how far governments must bend to the power of markets, The New York Times reports.

  • Euro Zone Agrees to Follow the Original Rules Saturday, 10 Dec 2011 | 10:43 AM ET
    Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy

    In the fiscal accord, the nations that use the euro essentially agreed to go back to Plan A — that is, the principles and rules with which they created their common currency two decades ago.

  • NY Jets

    As a New York Jets fan, I despair of all the talk about the New England Patriots. I desperately want to wish the Patriots away, but I cannot. They matter. When it comes to Europe, investors around the world also face this exasperating combination of having, but not wishing to pay close attention.