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Nothing tells the story of August like the data. The DJIA is off by 4.7 percent month to date but the losses elsewhere show just what a difficult month it has been.
The size of the new fund earmarked for bailing out struggling euro zone economies is "enough" at 440 billion euros ($635 billion), a key German policymaker told CNBC Wednesday.PIIGS is a not too favorable term used by bond analysts, academics, and the press, to refer to certain countries of Europe. So which countries make up the PIIGS? Why are they important to track? CNBC explains.
"Inflation fears at the start of the year were always something I was skeptical about and which I always thought were overdone," Bob Parker, senior advisor at Credit Suisse, told CNBC. However, he added he was concerned that inflation could become an issue in 2013.
Not since the grim period after World War II has Germany had significant blackouts, but it is now bracing for that possibility after shutting down half its nuclear reactors practically overnight. The New York Times reports.
Global recession in 2012 is “65 to 75 percent certain" and could deteriorate into a lengthy depression, Roger Nightingale, economist and strategist at RDN Associates, told CNBC on Monday.
"I think the focus will be in September when there are announced political protests that are going to be staged by the opposition in Italy. There are some changes ready made to the policies that should improve the fiscal situation but I think until September it will be difficult to say how these policies will go down Marco. Today we are going to see a fairly normal auction," Bardelli managing director at BDG Singapore told CNBC.
The Celtic Tiger boom years, and the subsequent bust, have made Ireland seem like a basket case, with the recent history of its housing market consigned to economics textbooks forever as an example of a hugely overinflated bubble.
EU leaders yesterday rounded on the new Head of the IMF calling her comments on Europe 'misguided'. Christine Lagarde's assessment is certainly stark. The former French Finance Minister argues economies are now in a 'new dangerous' phase' that requires Europe's banks be forced to recapitalize in order to cut the 'chain of contagion'.
German “bad bank” agencies holding billions of euros of Greek debt have still to decide whether to join a bond swap designed to cut Athens’ refinancing burden as part of an EU bail-out, the FT writes.
In Jackson Hole Wyoming on Saturday Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the European Central Bank was due to give a speech to a meeting of policy makers hosted by the Federal Reserve. As he prepared to speak the euro zone faced huge problems.
Following weeks of heavy losses for banking stocks across Europe, the Sunday Times in the UK reported Sunday that European officials are working on a "radical plan" to prevent a fresh pan-European credit crunch.
"It reminds [Bernanke's speech] me of the movie airplane in the scene where one of the gates agents is saying 'don't panic don't panic' where all the passengers are running towards the exits. I think his primary job as Fed chief is just to be calm and to try and reassure markets. The story is kinda wearing thin, the vaudeville act, no-one's really buying it," Andrew Schiff, investment consultant at Euro Pacific Capital told CNBC. "The markets were expecting some kind of QE3 announcement today, they didn't get it but what they did get....was the extended meeting of the Fed in September and maybe they will get some grand QE3 strategy announcement in September."
Forbes Magazine might have just put German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the throne for the "Most Powerful Woman" in the world, but at home her less exulted throne of government is shaking.
Germany is playing a cat and mouse game with less successful European economies as negotiations over the euro zone crisis continue at the country level, Giles Keating, head of research at Credit Suisse, told CNBC Friday.
The world could be heading into another fully fledged credit crisis, according to Satyait Das, the author of Extreme Money: Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk.
In any murder mystery film, it pays to watch the boring gray man (or woman) in the corner; quiet, unobtrusive characters can be deadly. So, too, in finance. Four years ago, the giant US money market funds seemed some of the dullest actors in the global financial scene. But in 2007, they quietly helped to spark the crisis in the mortgage-backed securities world.
Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Mediobanca joined CNBC to discuss the latest news on the European markets and what would happen if the Greek bailout fails.
"Greece has most definitely been cut loose by the markets, the question is whether it will now be cut loose by the politicians," Steve Barrow, head of G10 research at Standard Bank, told CNBC.
Barclays is comfortable with its exposure to Europe and now has more cash on its balance sheet than before the 2008 financial crisis, CEO Robert Diamond told CNBC Wednesday.
Banks are in no better shape than they were in March 2008, Riccardo Ronco, technical analyst at Aviate Global, told CNBC. He suggested they still faced severe funding problems and that "things will get worse before they get better".