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  • The CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX) edged upward Monday. With a new year, rising tensions on the Korean peninsula and global debt fears, should you shift your portfolio allocations? Julian Pendock, partner at Senhouse Capital, offered CNBC his insights.

  • The European Union Is Over Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 9:48 AM ET

    The decision by the European Union last week to create a permanent bailout fund may not end the sovereign-debt crisis but it will—eventually—end the European Union as we know it.

  • Europe Bankers' Bonuses Slashed on Weaker Revenues Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 5:53 AM ET

    More than one in ten bankers and traders in the UK and Europe could receive no bonus this year, as banks slash their year-end pay-outs following weaker revenues. The FT reports.

  • European Shares Set to Open Lower on Korea Fears Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 2:05 AM ET
    An Indian stock broker looks worried as he watches the screen in Mumbai, India.

    European shares were set to dip on Monday, with investors' nerves rattled by possible escalating tensions in North Korea.

  • Yesterday, I wrote about U.S. exposure —or the broad lack of U.S. exposure—to Spanish sovereign debt.

  • Rating Agencies in a Bind as Pressures Mount Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | 8:16 AM ET
    Global Markets

    As pressures mount in the euro zone, rating agencies are in an impossible bind, the FT reports. This year many investors have complained that the agencies have been slow to recognize the scale of problems, downgrading periphery debt too late – but when the agencies have actually acted – most notably with Spain this week – they have been accused by politicians of fermenting a new market crisis.

  • Europe Stocks Seen Unchanged After EU Decision Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | 2:04 AM ET
    Trader at London Stock Exchange, England.

    European shares are expected to open flat Friday, though concerns about the euro zone debt crisis linger and could weigh on markets.

  • Traders at the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks should take Friday's futures and options expiration in stride, as traders set up for the final two weeks of the year and the chance that Santa's rally is yet to come.

  • Why is it that we don't see more media coverage in the U.S. about the debt crisis in the Eurozone?

  • Europe Shares to Open Lower Ahead of EU Summit Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 2:00 AM ET

    European shares were set to open flat to slightly lower Thursday, continuing to pause from strong gains earlier in the week.

  • Chinese shipping containers

    Asia’s clean bill of health presents two major opportunities. The first is to re-ignite the drive towards closer economic cooperation that has been stalled since the late 1990s Asian Financial Crisis.

  • Portugal to Need Bailout in 1 Month: Head of Trading Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 10:04 AM ET

    Bond vigilantes will target Portugal and force the country to seek a bailout within a month, but Spain will not need to turn to its European peers for help, Piers Curran, head of trading at Amplify trading told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Europe Shares to Open Lower After Moody's Warning Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 2:04 AM ET

    European stocks were indicated to open lower after Moody's put Spain's credit rating on review for a possible downgrade, on worries over the country's debt and funding needs for next year.

  • Back-Load Spending Cuts or Return to Crisis: Roubini Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 11:16 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    The risks of debt deflation and disorderly sovereign and private-sector defaults are rising because policymakers are pressing ahead with spending cuts and raising taxes before seeing strong signs of an economic recovery, economist Nouriel Roubini wrote in a commentary piece for Project Syndicate.

  • Euro Stocks Look to Open Flat with Fed on Tap Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 2:27 AM ET
    A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European investors were set to take a wait-and-see approach to start Tuesday, with indications of little change to major markets at the opening bell.

  • Busch: 5 Things You Need to Know Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 10:45 AM ET

    China’s inflation is soaring, Democrats in Congress are likely to pass the tax cut extension and spending bill, the FOMC meets this week, European Union leaders will also meet this week and what has everyone so bullish? Here's what you need to know for this week.

  • 'Snooty' Europhiles Owe Penitence: London Mayor Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 10:25 AM ET
    Boris Johnson

    Europe was nowhere near ready for the euro when it was introduced in 1999 and the sovereign debt crisis has proven critics of a one-size-fits-all monetary policy right, London mayor Boris Johson wrote in an opinion piece for UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Monday.

  • Why German Economy Is Recovering Fast Than US Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 5:05 PM ET

    Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned from the Germans whose economy has bounced back from the recession quicker that the US’s and who have a workforce that is, largely, working.

  • No Safe Assets In 'Soft & Fluffy' Europe: Janjuah Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 4:23 AM ET
    Flags of member states of the European Union.

    As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet in the small German town of Freiburg to discuss their next move in the euro-zone debt crisis, the market is still questioning what International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Khan calls the EU’s "piecemeal" response.

  • European Shares Set to Rise for 5th Session Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 2:11 AM ET

    European shares looked set to extend their winning streak to a fifth session Friday as investor sentiment got a boost from positive economic data from the U.S.