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  • 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.

  • BlackBerrys on the Blink: How, Why—and Who Cares? Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | 10:02 AM ET
    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 18: BlackBerry user Douglas Philips checks emails on his BlackBerry April 18, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Millions of BlackBerry users across the United States experienced a disruption in email service as Canada based Research in Motion dealt with technical difficulties with its email servers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    A slight clammy feeling. General anxiety. A sense that something is missing or out of place. Heightened frustration or even distress. These are the symptoms of BlackBerry withdrawal, and it’s now being experienced on a continent near you.

  • Op-Ed: Buried in Student Loans? Don't Blame the Banks Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 2:56 PM ET
    OWS education

    The “Occupy Wall Street” protest has been struggling to find an issue to occupy. One issue coming to the fore is student loans—the growing number of unemployed former students who borrowed money in search of the American dream and now find they can’t afford to pay it back. Call it buyer’s remorse, they made a mistake and want their loans “forgiven”.

  • Commentary: Time to Fix Europe's Banks Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 1:07 AM ET

    Europe has too many broken banks and the time has come to fix them. With Dexia's problems laid bare, it must now be apparent to even the most myopic politician that the European Banking Authority's 2011 stress tests were a complete failure, writes CNBC's Guy Johnson.

  • What Does Osborne’s 'Credit-Easing' Really Mean? Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 9:39 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    When chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, got up to speak at the Conservative party conference on Monday, he knew he had to tread a fine line between optimism that the British economy could recover and wasn’t going to fall into a "double-dip" recession, versus facing down calls from the Liberal Democrats to ease public spending cuts and those on the right of his own political party calling for an end to the 50p tax rate at the very least.

  • Asset Managers, Learn What Options Are Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 6:43 AM ET
    What's Next?

    Excuses, excuses followed by more excuses. When is the broader asset management industry going to put its hands up and say; "We were wrong," or "We really don’t know what we are doing," or even, "I’m going to fall on my sword, sell my five houses on the Wentworth Estate and distribute the proceeds among those foolhardy enough to believe I could make them money"? The answer of course is NEVER!

  • Politicians Sank Stocks in Q3; Can They Rescue Q4? Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 4:19 AM ET

    After watching the politicians cause havoc for investors for the last three months, can we hope at all that things will be any different in the fourth quarter?

  • Greece? Does Anyone Care East of the Danube? Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 5:43 AM ET

    I've been to three European countries in three days and have not seen one newspaper headline on Greece, or the debt crisis. In fact, the topic when raised elicits yawns.

  • Time’s Up Meredith Whitney, Muni Prediction Was Wrong Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 10:43 AM ET
    Meredith Whitney

    Just about a year ago this week, rumors started to circulate in the sometimes sleepy and boring world of municipal finance. The crisis talk went into overdrive, of course, when Ms. Whitney appeared on 60 Minutes andwarned that the $3 trillion municipal bond market faced the immediate threat of hundreds of billions of dollars in defaults.

  • UK's Labour Still Has a Trust Issue on the Economy Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 5:21 AM ET
    Prime Minister Gordon Brown

    As Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls wrapped up his speech to the Labour party conference on Monday, one thing became abundantly clear: Labour still have a trust issue when it comes to the economy.

  • Dreamliner First Thoughts Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 4:27 PM ET

    This is a day Boeing workers have been working towards for five or six years. It's validation their hard work has paid off. 

  • CEO Resignation Only Adds to Shockwaves at UBS Saturday, 24 Sep 2011 | 4:35 PM ET
    CEO Oswald Gruebel of UBS

    No time wasted. Only an hour after Sergio Ermotti was appointed interim CEO of UBS following Oswald Gruebel's decision to resign, the Swiss Italian banker, alongside Chairman Kaspar Villiger, addressed the media in a hastily arranged conference call.

  • Plastic Thumbs, Giant Tennis Balls and Parliament Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | 8:19 AM ET
    Big Ben

    What would you bring to London's Houses of Parliament when you came to gape at Big Ben? A broomstick? A plastic thumb? Or even an egg? These were all among the items confiscated from visitors to the Houses of Parliament in the first half-year of 2011.

  • Post-UBS, Mood in Swiss Banks Anxious Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 11:58 AM ET
    UBS

    It has been exactly one week since the $2.3 billion rogue trading scandal rocked Swiss banking giant UBS.

  • Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    Frau Merkel lost another election. This time the one in the capital, in Berlin. That is, at least, the headline that tops most of the news on the outcome of this, the seventh regional election in Germany this year.

  • Gamekeeper Turned Poacher? The Path to Rogue Trading Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 8:30 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.

    A bright graduate joins an investment bank, but not in the glamorous, fast-moving –  and ultimately profitable -  trading role that he wanted. Rather, he is put into the "middle office," managing the IT systems that keep the trading desks running. Eventually, though, he is given a break, joining the bank's "delta one" trading desk, playing arbitrage between cash equities and equity derivatives.

  • Why Europe Worries Barack Obama Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 5:19 AM ET
    Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., answers a question during the first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., Thursday, April 26, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will travel to Poland on Thursday for a meeting with euro zone finance ministers set for Friday and attempt to push them to show leadership and get ahead of the euro zone crisis.

  • Stocks Rally May Go On, If Europe Allows It Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 4:18 AM ET
    Timothy Geithner

    News that Germany and France are ready to stand by Greece and avoid it leaving the euro helped stocks to rally following a conference call between Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday.

  • Op-ed: EU Leaders' Comments Expand Beyond Greece Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 4:51 PM ET
    Euro coin in front of the giant symbol of the Euro outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank.

    There are two major messages in statements released Wednesday night in Germany and France about their leaders' conference call with the Greek Prime Minister.  The first is that the feet of Greece will be held to the fire on austerity—that Athens MUST deliver on spending cuts, tax rises and speedy privatizations.

  • The Crisis Caravan Moves On Friday, 9 Sep 2011 | 8:13 AM ET

    One crisis meeting is hot on the heels of the other and our policy makers - central bankers, ministers, heads of state and government - jet stream around the globe, trying to "manage" the crisis, writes CNBC's Silvia Wadhwa.

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