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  • Euro States to Ease Bank Secrecy Rules Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 11:14 PM ET
    City of Luxembourg

    Austria and Luxembourg are preparing to ease longstanding bank secrecy rules, allowing other EU member states access to their depositors' account details amid mounting pressure to crack down on tax evasion. The FT reports.

  • China Posts Surprise Trade Deficit After Imports Jump Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 10:50 PM ET

    China recorded a small trade deficit of $884 million in March as imports surged way ahead of market expectations, growing 14.1 percent year on year, while annual export growth of 10.0 percent were largely in line with forecasts.

  • Fitch Downgrades China's Currency Credit Rating Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 7:29 PM ET

    The global ratings agency cut China's long-term local currency credit rating to A-plus from AA-minus on Tuesday with a stable outlook, citing financial risks from rapid credit expansion alongside the rise of shadow banking activity.

  • UK Banks to Pay Hefty Price for New Regulation Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 10:49 AM ET

    British banks could pay up to a quarter more to be supervised as two new watchdogs adopt more intrusive regulation and impose higher fines which will be paid into the coffers of cash-strapped government.

  • Bitcoin Surges Past $200; Where to Next? Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 10:31 AM ET

    The digital currency bitcoin continued its surge on Tuesday crossing $200, more than doubling in value in just over one week.

  • Thatcher's Stock Market Boom Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 9:03 AM ET

    U.K. stocks performed better during Margaret Thatcher's tenure compared to any other period of time over the last 50 years.

  • A man eats food donated  by the Greek church in central Athens.

    Greek consumer prices entered deflationary territory for the first time in 45 years, data showed on Tuesday.

  • Slovenia Faces 'Severe Banking Crisis': OECD Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 6:06 AM ET

    Slovenia is heading toward a severe banking crisis and a deep recession despite recent reforms, according to the OECD.

  • Ericsson to Buy Microsoft's IPTV Business Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 4:55 AM ET

    Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson struck a deal on Monday to buy Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies to deliver television over the Internet.

  • ‘Crescent of Chaos’ to Drive Oil Higher: Nomura Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 4:30 AM ET

    A "crescent of chaos" emerging from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and tensions with Iran could lead to a dramatic turnaround in the price of oil, according to Nomura's analysis.

  • Lagardere Sells EADS Stake for 2.28 Billion Euros Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 4:23 AM ET

    French media group Lagardere Tuesday said it has sold its entire 7.4% stake in European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co EADS through a private placement for 2.28 billion euros.

  • Siemens, Germany

    German imports fell sharply in February for the third time in the last four months and exports also declined.

  • France Faces 'Devastating Scandal' as Economy Stalls Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 3:11 AM ET

    France's economy is at near-stall speed, trade and budget deficits widened last month and the country is embroiled in increasing political uncertainty.

  • Alice in Euroland Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 2:14 AM ET
    Mad Tea Party

    The euro isn't working, says Professor Moorad Choudhry.

  • Japan’s Yield Hunters Are Chasing European Debt Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 1:25 AM ET
    A trader monitors the foreign exchange and stocks index in Tokyo.

    Japanese investment in Europe's bond markets are expected to jump following the Bank of Japan's drastic action to ease monetary policy, the FT reports.

  • EFSF Set to Launch New Cyprus-Backed Bond Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 1:17 AM ET

    The European Financial Stability Facility is set to launch a new five-year benchmark bond on Tuesday that remains part-guaranteed by bailed-out Cyprus.

  • Israel’s Richest Man Risks Anger Over UK Move Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 12:02 AM ET
    Billionaire Idan Ofer

    Israel's richest man, is relocating to London in a move likely to inflame debate about unfettered wealth and inequality in his country. The Financial Times reports.

  • United States, Japan Now Money Printing Allies Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 2:45 PM ET

    U.S. markets, particularly the riskiest areas of investment, are likely to benefit at least near term from the latest entrant to the central bank money-printing arena: Japan.

  • Did Thatcher's Reforms Pave Way for Euro Zone? Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 12:19 PM ET
    Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

    Margaret Thatcher's economic reforms were the driving force behind the creation of the euro zone, a senior political analyst told CNBC.

  • France to Publish Ministers' Assets Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 11:06 AM ET
    France Finance Minister, Pierre Moscovici

    France's Socialist government promised on Monday to publish details of individual ministers' assets next week as it scrambled to stem a deepening scandal over a former budget minister's secret foreign bank account.

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