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Why what goes on in European economies has such an impact on the U.S. markets, with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. And a trader triple play, with Eric Wilkinson, independent trader; Boris Schlossberg, GFT Forex; and Bill O'Neill, Logic Advisors, on gold. And can the EuroZone be saved, with Tony Nash, Economist Intelligence Unit, and CNBC's Simon Hobbs.
CNBC's Kaori Enjoji looks at the Asian market open the day after Europe's markets collapsed. And Simon Hobbs offers a roundup of the concerns engulfing Europe. Steve Sedgwick, CNBC Europe, discusses Italy's austerity plan. Also, the Fast Money trade on the European situation, with Joe Terranova, Virtus Investment Partners.
The man who ran Germany when the euro began trading has an idea to save the euro zone: the creation of a "United States of Europe."
"If you look at the situation of the economic crisis it was always more political than financial. We need to simplify the decision-making process because at the moment it is far too complicated," Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, told CNBC.
Dismal news is sending the euro tumbling - but that doesn't mean you should jump in on weakness.
The small bounce in equities on Wall Street should be over and traders would be wise to look at short positions and lock in profits, Riccardo Ronco, technical analyst at Aviate Global told CNBC. European markets meanwhile, were "heading into a full bear market," he added.
The world will still be "paying the piper" for several more years because of the debts that mounted before the global financial crisis, Arnab Das, managing director of Market Research and strategy, at Roubini Global Economics told CNBC.
"We know we are in a false market we know the markets wouldn¿t be where it was were it not for the intervention of the ECB, and you know it your water that isn¿t right because someone has got to pay for that in the end this is going to come from the national government," Nick Beecroft, senior markets consultant at Saxo Bank told CNBC. He added the market had chosen to focus on the US economy but that it would return to the euro zone debt crisis within a month.
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."