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  • Commentary: Reform Key to Growth in Russia Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 10:25 AM ET
    Vladamir Putin

    The Russia Forum, held in Moscow each February, brings together politicians and business leaders to discuss investing in this vast resource-rich country.

  • Can Iran Close the Strait of Hormuz? Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 4:57 AM ET
    This satellite image shows the Strait of Hormuz, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Strait of Hormuz runs between Iran and United Arab Emirates.

    The anxious exchange of statements and explicit threats between the U.S. and Iran mark a notable escalation and leave the energy markets struggling to understand the implications.

  • European Union Flag

    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.

  • Trans-Channel Dog Fight: Enough Is Enough Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 10:22 AM ET

    The brawl has made for cracking entertainment. It's been a super-fun read. But it's time for government officials in the United Kingdom and France to shut their traps and get their heads back into the game of saving the euro zone's economy.

  • No, Prime Minister; That's Not What Europe Needs Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 6:06 AM ET
    British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street on August 11, 2011 in London, England. Mr Cameron hosted a COBRA meeting and a cabinet meeting earlier this morning to discuss the current unrest that has spread across the country. Parliament has been recalled following four days of rioting across the UK.

    Another week, another euro zone crisis! It feels as if this crisis is never ending, self perpetuating until an eventual Armageddon that will at the very best end with the break-up of the euro zone and at the very worst in World War III.

  • Why the ECB Is Not Going to Ride to Europe's Rescue Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 8:33 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Markets appear to have high hopes for this week’s summit meeting in Europe to begin putting an end to the financial crisis. Yet there’s ample reason to believe the market’s hopes will be dashed again. Here's why.

  • Big Bazooka Talk Keeps Investors on Edge Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 4:13 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    After a week that saw stocks fall heavily and euro zone borrowing costs rise sharply, a report in the Italian press highlighted just how eager for some kind of action the market is.

  • eu building brussels

    Guess where we'll be getting our cues from this week. From the bond markets and the politicians! Tadaaa! Fantastic! So something new to look for then! Unfortunately...not the case. Glancing at the agenda, the most important political event to be aware of is the Euro group meeting of Finance Ministers on Tuesday.

  • Commentary: Merkozy Is Dead, Long Live… Thursday, 24 Nov 2011 | 6:57 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speak at a meeting on debt crisis.

    The euro zone's formidable couple—Merkozy, as the media calls German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy—were on the brink of divorce more than once.

  • 5 Things to Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving Thursday, 24 Nov 2011 | 1:08 AM ET

    With stocks in Europe and the U.S. falling to 7-week lows and plenty of gloom around, investors may be hard-pressed to find cheer this Thanksgiving. But if you were forced, in between Turkey bites, to list some reasons to be thankful for, we’re offering you five.

  • Germans May End Up Running the Eternal City Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | 12:20 AM ET

    If a week is a long time in politics, two weeks covering affairs of state in Italy can seem like an eternity. Maybe that's why Rome got its moniker, but having covered the fall of Berlusconi and the rise of Monti's technocrats, there's some relief things moved along quicker than I and investors feared.

  • Debt Crisis Shows Angela Merkel Is the Boss Friday, 18 Nov 2011 | 2:05 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Groucho Marx once said that money frees you from doing things you dislike. “Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy,” said the Marx Brother.

  • No Cannes Do for G20 Leaders Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 12:35 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

    Those looking for firm action in the final G20 communique would have had a hard time finding much to get their teeth into.

  • 2011: The Year of the Summit Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 3:30 AM ET
    France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives for a meeting on debt crisis.

    The European council of heads of states have met 7 times this year and still have another meeting in the diary. Europe’s finance ministers have met 11 times and plan two more before the year is out.

  • Are Markets Decoupling From Reality? Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 3:27 AM ET

    The month of October has been unbelievably bullish for stocks regardless of the mess that Europe still finds itself in and the recession worries everyone keeps talking about.

  • London Protesters Camping, but What Are They Saying? Friday, 21 Oct 2011 | 6:09 AM ET
    A London demonstrator vents anger at bankers while standing near St. Paul's Cathedral. "Occupy" protestors, as they're known in the United States and United Kingdom, concern themselves primarily with what they see as the domination of society by interests within financial institutions and corporations.

    It’s getting colder in London. We had a lingering summer, but that is over. Not such a great time to be on the streets for any longer than you have to. The central heating goes on and the thick duvet is very welcome.

  • Why Are Markets Listening to British Newspapers? Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 | 4:00 AM ET
    Newspapers

    At a time when the British newspaper industry is under attack from allegations of phone hacking and declining revenues, its power to move markets seems to be as high as ever – even in newspapers not known for their business reporting.

  • Inflation Isn't Doing Britain Any Good Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 3:34 AM ET

    The cautious are paying for the profligate, not only by sacrificing their tax money to save banks from collapse but by seeing their savings eroded by negative interest rates.

  • Inflation Is Not What the UK Should Fear Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 3:12 AM ET
    Occupy protests in London

    Most people who have a mortgage are doing very nicely, thank you very much, out of lower interest rates.

  • Clock Ticks as Market Hopes for Euro Zone Plan Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 | 10:55 AM ET

    Euro zone leaders are expected to come up with a substantive plan to solve the area’s crippling debt crisis by the time of the G20 leaders summit in Cannes on Nov. 3.  At the back of every investor’s mind is the thought that we could be setting ourselves up for a big fall.

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