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  • Barack Obama

    There he goes again. Out on the campaign trail, President Obama is proposing more federal spending as his answer to sluggish growth and jobs. That won’t do it, Mr. President.

  • Just imagine what would have happened to the markets if the debt ceiling wasn't raised. Yesterday, the equity markets fell off a small cliff and gave back the gains for the year. Today, we are watching the markets on a roller coaster ride as investors try to figure out what is really happening in the economy.

  • Rotblut: The Economy, Politicians and Market Timing Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    If part of your investing strategy this year is based on the presidential cycle, you need to acknowledge that things are not going as planned. Streaks last until they don’t. Similarly, if your investing strategy is based on an economic recovery, you will need to acknowledge that growth has slowed.

  • Downgrade Threat Affecting Treasurys' Appeal? Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 6:47 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    With the threat of failure to reach a debt deal finally out of the way and the worsening global macroeconomic picture gripping investors, it has been a win- win for US Treasurys so far.

  • Whether it’s the uncertainty of the new health care provisions, the plethora of proposed regulations included in Dodd-Frank, or the current budget and debt debate — one thing is for sure: small business owners are faced with an unprecedented amount of uncertainty.

  • Spending Cuts Seen as Step, Not as Cure Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 9:55 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    There is something you should know about the deal to cut federal spending that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday: It does not actually reduce federal spending, the New York Times reports.

  • The economy is in big trouble, and the world’s central banks may be running out of ways of turning it around, according to Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics.

  • US Debt Clashes to Continue, Downgrade Likely: Analysts Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 2:54 AM ET
    President Obama and Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner

    The US is likely to see its debt downgraded by the credit rating agencies, despite the passage of a bill to raise the country's debt ceiling on Monday, analysts told CNBC.

  • 'The Bear Market Is Starting': Marc Faber Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 1:10 AM ET
    Dr. Marc Faber

    The bear market is on its way back, economist and contrarian investor Marc Faber, the editor and publisher of The Gloom Boom & Doom Report told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Euro or Dollar? The Ugly Contest Is Back On Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 3:01 PM ET

    The debt ceiling debacle and the latest Greek bailout deal are almost behind us, but euro and dollar investors still aren't happy.

  • The dollar will face months of weakness in the run up to the U.S elections next year, David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange strategy, HSBC told CNBC Tuesday

  • Debt Debate Was Messy, but Worth It: Economist Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 5:15 AM ET
    US Capitol Building

    So markets finally have a deal on the US debt ceiling, and it has been passed by the House of Representatives, but was all the fighting over how to cut spending really worth it?

  • More Fiscal Warfare on the Horizon Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 12:32 AM ET

    A new round of fiscal warfare is in store for the US over the coming months as a new congressional committee is formed to find extra savings from the most sensitive areas of the budget, the FT reported.

  • Debt-Ceiling Deal Doesn't Lift the Dollar Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:15 AM ET

    Pffffft! Even a deal on the debt ceiling only lifts the dollar briefly - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Following the last-minute debt deal agreed by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, one strategist is predicting the rating agencies should downgrade US debt by two notches.

  • Obama Accused of ‘Surrender’ as Debt Vote Looms Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 2:30 AM ET

    On a weekend of high drama, President Barack Obama finally managed to get congressional leaders on both sides of the political divide to agree on a compromise plan to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a potentially devastating default.

  • A Trade for a Weekend of Uncertainty Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 8:21 PM ET

    As August 2 nears, a debt-ceiling deal appears to be receding. Here's how to hedge against the Washington cacophony.

  • Using Currencies to Protect Against Default Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 7:13 PM ET

    The House and the Senate are ready to rumble over debt plans. Here's how to trade the uncertainty.

  • Spain's on Notice, Yen's on a Short Leash Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 7:29 AM ET

    A warning on Spain dents the euro and Japanese officials want the yen lower, thank you. It's time for your Friday FX Fix.

  • Trades For a Stressed-Out Dollar Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 4:38 PM ET

    Other than a short rally today, the dollar's been taking it on the chin as Washington squabbles. Here's how to trade it.