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  • Even as Standard & Poor's continued to issue ratings downgrades in the wake of its downgrade of the US, rival ratings agency Moody's reaffirmed the country's AAA status.

  • How to Trade the Next Rating Cuts Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 2:10 PM ET
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    Now that Standard & Poor's has done the unthinkable, you need to know who might take the next ratings hit. Here's the list, and how to trade it.

  • UK off 'Front Line' of Economies in Danger: Gieve Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:26 AM ET
    Big Ben

    The UK, with its high level of public debt, low growth, closeness to the US and reliance on financial services, was once viewed as one of the European economies most in danger of a double-dip recession.

  • Germany Steps Up Euro Zone Backing Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 5:05 AM ET
    Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    Germany is showing more commitment to the resolution of the euro zone debt crisis, and is likely to expect even greater influence on the fiscal discipline of its neighbors in return, analysts told CNBC.

  • News Corp.’s Soft Power in the U.S Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 4:56 AM ET
    News Corp.'s headquarters in New York.

    Over the last month, many Americans watched from a distance in horror or amusement as it became evident that the News Corporation regarded Britain’s legal and political institutions as its own private club.

  • Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    Double dip may be back. It has been three decades since the United States suffered a recession that followed on the heels of the previous one. But it could be happening again, the New York Times reports.

  • UK Gilts: Resting on a Bed of Goose Down Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 12:57 AM ET
    Big Ben

    This week UK gilts featured prominently in the media when the 10-year yield dropped to its lowest levels in a long time. Is this is a vote of confidence in the UK economy? In a word, yes.

  • Will Germany Save the Euro From Collapse? Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 12:33 PM ET
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    The euro will collapse as a currency unless lawmakers, and especially Germany, can agree a common European tax regime and restructure some sovereign debt, a leading market analyst told CNBC.com after the European Central Bank intervened in the markets.

  • Trichet: Euro Zone in Better Shape Than US, Japan Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 11:47 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The European Central Bank is not worried about the health of the euro zone as a whole and it will stick to its role of fighting inflation, ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet told CNBC in an interview Thursday.

  • Japan Does What it Threatened, Turkey Surprises Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 7:52 AM ET
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    Japan acts to take the yen lower and Turkey resets everything — time for your central bank FX Fix.

  • Bank of England Holds Rates After Weak Growth Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 7:07 AM ET
    Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    The Bank of England (BoE) held interest rates on Thursday at their current historic low of 0.5 percent after weaker than expected gross domestic product (GDP) figures last week effectively killed off any hope of a rate rise this year.

  • Gold

    The price of gold could almost double as central banks' reserves are depleted, according to the chairman of a gold industry association.

  • ECB Needs to Signal Intervention: Analysts Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 2:26 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    July's rate hike could well have been Jean-Claude Trichet's last as president of the European Central Bank, but markets will be watching for signals that the bank is preparing to take some role in future interventions in European markets, economists and analysts told CNBC.com.

  • UBS Threatened to Scale Back in London Over HQ Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 12:44 AM ET
    UBS

    UBS threatened to scale back its presence in London if the government followed advice from a heritage body that effectively blocked the redevelopment of its City of London headquarters, reported the FT.

  • Construction worker in New York City.

    House prices in the UK are likely to remain stable for the rest of the year, barring any major economic shocks, Pete Redfern, chief executive of Taylor Wimpey, the UK's biggest housebuilder, told CNBC Wednesday morning.

  • Greek Reforms Might Actually Work: OECD Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 6:00 AM ET
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    Progress on the Greek government's structural reform program has been "impressive" and could succeed in reducing the country's debt to GDP (gross domestic product) ratio to sustainable levels, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Tuesday.

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    Amid signs that the European debt crisis -- which already has seen Greece, Ireland and Portugal seek aid from the European Union and International Monetary Fund -- is now spreading to Italy, analysts at Goldman Sachs are predicting that while painful, debt consolidation will succeed as soaring borrowing costs force governments to act.

  • IMF Casts Doubt on UK Deficit Plan Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 12:37 AM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    Bad economic news bombarded the UK Treasury on Monday as new International Monetary Fund forecasts cast doubt on the chancellor’s deficit reduction plan, the FT reports.

  • Banks Not Lending? You Can Always Pawn Your Picasso Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 6:11 AM ET
    A man stands beside Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust", 1932, on display April 29, 2010 at Christie's in New York.

    As UK banks fall behind on lending to small businesses and individuals, more consumers and enterprises are looking for alternative sources of capital. One such source, Borro, hopes to reinvent the ancient business of pawnbroking.

  • UK Recovery Slower Than Expected: CBI Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 2:18 AM ET
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    The UK economy will grow slower in 2011 than previously anticipated – 1.3 percent, compared to forecasts of 1.7 percent – and its 2012 growth will be a "modest" 2.2 percent, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), an influential business organization.