Europe: Economy


  • The US economy could be facing a so-called Operation Twist rather than a third round of quantitative easing (QE3), a leading economist told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Fed Chief Ben Bernanke Testifies to House Budget Committee

    There was no guidance on the end of the second round of quantitative easing or QE2 and no guidance on the chance of QE3, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday confirmed market expectations that the United States' borrowing costs will remain low for the foreseeable future.

  • Europe Shares to Open Lower, Bernanke Comments Weigh Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 2:17 AM ET
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    European stocks were expected to open lower on Wednesday, amid fresh concerns over the pace of the US recovery following comments by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and continued uncertainty over euro zone debt.

  • Preserve Capital, Cash is King: Analyst Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 9:32 AM ET

    With opinion divided whether equities is the best place to be right now with the global economy remaining weak, one analyst argues that caution is better than risk and says currently cash is the best option.

  • Beijing, China

    Looking at the recent slowdown in the US economy it would be easy to conclude that policy decisions made in Beijing aimed at cooling the Chinese economy are impacting America a few months later.

  • 'Poster Child of Entitlement' Must Change: Economist Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 4:44 AM ET
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    A new government is in place in Portugal, tasked with tackling the problems facing one of the sick men of Europe. Unfortunately, new faces in government do not in any way change the problems being faced by a country, according to one analyst.

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    Soft restructuring is only a temporary measure, and a German-led plan to convince private investors to voluntarily extend maturities on Greek debt will not prevent a default, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • US Can Grow Without More Easing: Analyst Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 1:00 AM ET

    The US economy can still grow by as much as 2.5 percent this year without a third round of quantitative easing, despite a raft of bad economic data, Rajiv Biswas, chief economist at IHS Global Insight told CNBC on Monday.

  • Europe Shares to Dip on Economy Concerns Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 12:54 AM ET
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    European stocks were expected to open lower on Tuesday after slipping on Monday amid fresh concerns about the pace of the global economic recovery and expectations that the European Central Bank might signal a rate rise in July.

  • Print More Money or a Lehman-Like Crisis? Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 6:43 AM ET
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    The foreign exchange team at Bank of New York Mellon has spent a lot of time this year asking if 2011 is a replay of 2008 or 2010.

  • Quantitative Easing Not Over Yet: Analyst Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 5:30 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    As the end of the second round of quantitative easing approaches, one analyst tells CNBC that even though the Fed’s purchase of $600 billion worth of bonds is nearing its conclusion, the period of easy money still has some way to go.

  • Istanbul's Arasta Bazaar

    While its stock exchange was a shining performer last year, Turkey is now facing the reality of an unorthodox monetary policy that is failing to gain traction. It comes ahead of an important election on June 12, and raises some serious concerns among foreign investors as to whether the world’s 17th biggest economy is overheating.

  • European Stocks to Drift Lower; Debt in Focus Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 2:23 AM ET
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    European stocks were expected to open lower on Monday after falling to their sharpest weekly loss in two and a half months on Friday in response to weak US jobs data.

  • Europe has not yet had its financial crisis while America is still recovering from its crisis in 2008 according to Jim McCaughan, the CEO of Principal Global Investors.

  • Germans Have No Choice But to Pay: Wadhwa Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 1:20 AM ET
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    Whether we like it or not, whether we're the German or French tax payer who has to foot the bill or the Greek, Spanish or Irish citizen who feels the pain of austerity in his or her respective purse – there is no choice!

  • Portugal Votes, Faces Resistance to Freer Labor Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 7:30 AM ET
    Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates speaks during a press conference at Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon. Socrates warned his political opponents not to provoke a political crisis over planned austerity measures to solve the country's debt crisis.

    Portugal goes to the polls on Sunday looking to elect a government that will lead them through an austerity package mandated by the European Union and International Monetary fund; but whoever wins will need to defy the electorate and introduce unpopular policies.

  • Debt Ceiling No Longer a Laughing Matter: Analyst Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 7:17 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Following Moody’s decision fire a shot across the bows of talks over raising the US debt ceiling a key option facing Vice President’s working committee on the debt ceiling has been removed according to Jeremy Batstone-Carr, the director of private client research at Charles Stanley in London.

  • Liquidity is draining out of the market and we are going to see heavy selling before a rebound in the second half of the year, according to Peter Toogood, the head of investment at Old Broad Street Research in London.

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    Markets are heading back to the "bad old days of 2010", with investors trading off headlines, rather than fundamentals and correlations between asset classes strengthening, according to research by ConvergEx.

  • Don't Believe the Doom on US Housing Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 2:30 AM ET

    Data from the US housing market has not made for nice reading in recent months but one analysts believes the worst could well be over and that if you take a closer look at the data prices are stabilizing.

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