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  • Italy Is the Ticking Time Bomb: Economist Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 | 3:54 AM ET
    Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy

    As Silvio Berlusconi’s government calls for a vote of confidence over his unpopular €25 billion ($31.45 billion) austerity package, Roger Bootle and his team over at Capital Economics are questioning whether the country holds great danger for the euro zone.

  • Op-Ed: The Bank of England Should Make up Its Mind Monday, 5 Jul 2010 | 4:09 AM ET

    The Monetary Policy Committee is not set to raise the base rate from its current 0.5 percent level until the second quarter of 2011, according to a poll of economists conducted by Reuters last week. But is the MPC any clearer about the UK economic outlook than the rest of us?

  • Jim Rogers Sees Bond Market Bubble Developing Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 3:35 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    Bond markets are a bubble waiting to burst because the world economy is facing even worse problems after central banks flooded markets with cash to try to get out of the crisis, famous investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Thursday.

  • Politicians Try to Drink Themselves Sober Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 5:42 AM ET

    As investors and businesses attempt to work their way through the economic, financial and regulatory minefields facing them, a debate is raging that strikes at the  heart of the capitalist system.

  • Spain More Important Than Bank Stress Tests: O'Neill Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 11:28 AM ET

    European banks stress tests are not as important for investors as the need for Spain to calm down market jitters about its banks, Jim O'Neill, head of global economic research at Goldman Sachs, told CNBC.

  • You're Trading Tear Gas as Well as Stocks: Asset Manager Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 6:28 AM ET
    Greek riot policemen clash with protestors in the center of Athens on May 5, 2010.

    The violence in recent Greek protests is not just confined to that country and investors should price in civil unrest brought on by austerity, Philippa Malmgren, president of Principalis Asset Management, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Euro Banks Borrow Less than Expected from ECB Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 5:31 AM ET
    Euro bills and coins in cash register tray

    The European Central Bank loaned banks 131.9 billion euros ($161.4 billion) at its 3-month lending auction Wednesday, below expectations, sending the euro higher against major currencies.

  • What RBS Says to Buy for 'Cliff-Edge' Scenario Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 5:41 AM ET

    Investors should position their portfolios for a sharp rally in bond prices because stock and commodity markets are heading for a "cliff-edge," Andrew Roberts, head of European rates strategy at RBS, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • The credit team at RBS in London are getting very bearish and warning clients to "get ready for the cliff-edge," where prices of stocks and commodities will "collapse." RBS is advising investors to get into maximum long-duration bonds in safe-haven markets. "This means the US, UK and Germany in that order," according to RBS.

  • G8 Communiqué Is 20 Pages of Drivel: Economist Monday, 28 Jun 2010 | 5:42 AM ET

    Carl Weinberg and the team over at High Frequency Economics did not like what they heard in Toronto over the weekend.

  • Why Greece Would Rather Sell Islands than Default Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 11:11 AM ET
    Swimming pool in Greece

    As reports resurface that Greece is considering selling leases to some of its islands to pay down debt, fears are growing that the euro zone member could restructure its debt over the summer months. But analysts disagree, saying this would be bad for German banks.

  • Kerviel Lawyer Blasts SocGen; Trial Verdict Oct. 5 Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 9:16 AM ET
    Jerome Kerviel shown here released on bail from La Sante Prison by a Parisian court on March 18, 2008 in Paris, France. Jerome Kerviel, the Societe Generale rogue trader was accused of losing 4.9 billion euros (7.2 billion US dollars) through unauthorised trading.

    Jerome Kerviel was a pawn in a mind-boggling financial system that pushed him to take risks, lawyer Olivier Metzner argued on the last day of the trial of the former Societe Generale trader.

  • Banks in PIGS Get Most of ECB Support: Research Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 4:24 AM ET

    Banks in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain account for over two-thirds of the euro area liquidity injections since the middle of 2008, according to new research from RBS Marketplace.

  • Trichet Explains Why Soros Is Wrong About the Euro Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 2:59 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The euro is a very credible currency that has kept its value from its debut and has guaranteed price stability, he said. "A currency that guarantees such stable prices, it's of value in the eyes of domestic and international investors," Trichet said.

  • Will 'Courageous' UK Budget Cause Double-Dip? Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 5:28 AM ET

    The question for the coalition government and the country is whether this moment of courage will go down in history as the moment Britain got back on track or the moment when it fell into a double-dip recession.

  • Europe Austerity Makes America Look Socialist Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 3:20 AM ET

    As the world’s 20 most powerful politicians prepare to jet out for talks in Toronto, the debate over whether to turn off the taps on stimulus spending continues to rage.

  • False Double-Dip Ahead: Portfolio Manager Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 9:37 AM ET

    Even though a double dip is unlikely, it might feel like one because the market will stay volatile, Matt McCormick, portfolio manager for Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Charts: Get Ready for the Next Euro Selloff Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 7:52 AM ET

    The euro's recent recovery versus the dollar will only be short-lived and investors should expect the single European currency to take another leg lower, Roelof van den Akker, chartist at ING Wholesale Banking, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • 'Flash Crash' Less Likely to Happen in Europe? Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 2:58 AM ET

    Tighter regulation and fewer alternative trading venues make it less likely that a "flash crash" would be repeated in Europe, stock exchange officials and traders told CNBC.com. But other market experts expressed concerns that Europe is just as exposed to such events.

  • Talk of '2-Tier Euro Zone' Could Upset Euro: ING Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 5:49 AM ET
    Euro bills and U.S. dollars being exchanged

    The rebound of Europe's single currency may be jeopardized by reports over the weekend that France and Germany are mulling a two-tier euro zone, ING Bank analysts said Monday.

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