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  • Does Merkel Need a 'Lehman Crisis' to Save Euro? Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 5:09 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    The idea that Paulson needed a crisis in order to solve a bigger crisis could be seen by some as a post-game rationalization by the former official, but it raises some interesting questions for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Europe's ongoing sovereign debt crisis.

  • Stock Pops & Drops   Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 5:40 PM ET
    Stock Pops & Drops

    The Fast Money traders take a look at today's biggest market movers.

  • Word on the Street   Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    Word on the Street

    Dissecting the day's major business news, with the Fast Money traders.

  • US Downgrade: Is S&P to Blame — or Congress? Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 5:53 AM ET
    Deven Sharma, president of Standard & Poor's, testifies before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, D.C., U.S., in July 2011.

    The fact that Deven Shama, the president of Standard & Poor’s, has stood down from his job just a couple of days after the agency downgraded the United States' credit rating has raised questions over whether he is being made into a scapegoat to deflect political pressure on the credit ratings agency.

  • Silver Offers Greater Upside Than Gold: Experts Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 1:16 AM ET
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    In what could be a precursor to much higher margins at the CME, MF Global today has raised its margins on one contract of silver from $14,513 to $25,397, or an increase of 75%.

  • Stock Pops & Drops   Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 5:40 PM ET
    Stock Pops & Drops

    The Fast Money traders take a look at today's biggest market movers.

  • Word on the Street   Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    Word on the Street

    Dissecting the day's major business news, including shares of Goldman falling on news that the company CEO hired a high profile lawyer, with CNBC's Kate Kelly, and the Fast Money traders.

  • One Thing the Boss Appreciates More Than Being Smart Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 2:57 PM ET
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    Being smart certainly gives you an edge in business. But there’s one thing the boss appreciates more than a high IQ. It’s not being a snappy dresser. Or having a killer instinct. (Though, those things can’t hurt.) Here's what it is.

  • Consumer Debt Forgiveness May Be Needed: Roach Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 1:05 PM ET
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    American consumers have too much debt, not enough savings, and are afraid they will lose their jobs—if they haven't lost them already. It might be time for something that hasn't been done since the 1930s to get Americans spending again: national debt forgiveness, Stephen Roach told CNBC Monday.

  • How to Tell If QE3 Is Coming Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 9:38 AM ET
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    Reading Fedspeak has never been easy, but these tips might help you weigh the odds of another round of pain for the dollar - er, quantitative easing. 

  • OECD Countries' Growth Slows in Second Quarter Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 6:56 AM ET
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    The prospect of a second recession in the developed world looked closer Monday after figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showed GDP growth contracted further in the second quarter of 2011.

  • Spend Now, Save Later, Bond Fund Leaders Say Sunday, 21 Aug 2011 | 10:05 PM ET
    Bill Gross PIMCO

    The Republicans are calling for more spending cuts. But bond fund leaders say the better thing for the U.S. government to do is to spend now and save later. The NYT reports.

  • Stock Market Begins to Feed Economic Fear Sunday, 21 Aug 2011 | 10:54 AM ET
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    Stocks have fallen four weeks in a row. Some on Wall Street worry that the resulting blow to confidence, not to mention 401(k) statements, has set off a spiral of fear that could push prices even lower, cause people and businesses to pull back and tip the economy into a new recession.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook   Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    CNBC.com Market Outlook

    The week's top business news and investment advice, including how to trade Europe, US financials, HP's sharp drop and the run-up in gold.

  • Rotblut: Don't Rely on a Single Indicator Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 3:56 PM ET
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    I always encourage investors to look at a variety of indicators. By itself, any single indicator can lead you astray. More importantly, many indicators sound like they would be predictive, but are actually not very profitable.

  • Can You Stomach This Trade? Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 3:09 PM ET
    Dollars and Euro

    It takes a strong stomach to navigate the currency markets this week. If you can handle the stress, here's a trade for you.

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    "Unless the government starts to get its fiscal house in order, does mandatory budget reform in the Congress with this [Super] Committee, I fear things will get considerably worse," said Robert Rodriguez.

  • US Backlash Over S&P Rating Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
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    Three US municipalities have dropped Standard & Poor’s ratings of their local government investment funds in retaliation for the rating agency’s downgrade of US government debt to double A plus. The FT reports.

  • Euro-Style Anxiety Spreads Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 10:19 AM ET
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    European banks are continuing to show signs of strain, making investors increasingly skittish about American financial institutions. The New York Times reports.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks next to France's president Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on August 16, 2011 after a meeting between the two leaders on debt crisis.

    The US and European Union pose divergent threats to a global economic recovery and despite weak growth in the United States, the euro zone debt crisis is more likely to impede a recovery, Paul Donovan, deputy head of Global Economics told CNBC.