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  • A positive start to earnings season, including blowout results from Apple, is helping investors shake off worries and start buying the dips. On tap for Wednesday: UTX, AmEx, Intel.

  • Where's Your Money Safest: Apple, Gold or Treasurys? Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 4:13 PM ET

    Share your opinion in Wednesday's poll.

  • A lot of people assume that if the ratings agencies downgrade the credit rating of the United States, it will trigger a sell-off of Treasuries. Some even suppose that a sell-off would be automatically triggered by regulatory and fund charter requirements. Fortunately, this isn’t true.

  • China’s Treasury Holdings Make US Woes Its Own Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
    Treasury Building

    However grim Washington’s debt and deficit negotiations may seem to Americans, the impasse is nearly as disturbing for China.  As the United States’ biggest foreign creditor—holding an estimated $1.5 trillion in American government debt—China has been a vocal critic of what it considers Washington’s politicized profligacy.

  • US Debt Showdown Moving Into Crunch Time Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 2:30 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Two weeks before their final deadline, President Barack Obama and top lawmakers will face more pressure Tuesday for a debt deal amid a growing sense that a last-ditch plan taking shape in Congress may be the only way to avoid a devastating U.S. default.

  • Gold Could Hit $1,700 by End of the Year: Analyst Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 1:39 AM ET

    Gold is likely to hit $1,650 an ounce by the end of the year and could even hit $1,700, according to one analyst.

  • Wall Street sign

    Traders are hoping earnings will continue to emerge as a bright spot Tuesday, when a string of major blue chips report ahead of the market open and Apple reports after the closing bell.

  • Debt drama in the US and Europe continues next week just as earnings season gets into full swing. It's going to be a volatile week for the market.

  • S&P's Chambers on Debt Ceiling Debate  Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 9:10 AM ET

    The debate has lasted longer and has been more intractable than anyone has expected, says John Chambers, S&P managing director.

  • US Default Inevitable: Fund Manager Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 12:22 AM ET

    A U.S. default isn't a matter of "if" but "when," David Murrin, chief investment officer at Emergent Asset Management, told CNBC.

  • Google

    Google's strong earnings and rocketing stock price may temporarily distract investors, but tension around U.S. debt ceiling discussions and the results of European bank stress tests Friday could quickly snap markets back to bigger concerns.

  • US Default Could Send Investors Fleeing to—Treasurys Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 4:18 PM ET

    “The ironic thing—and it’s not out of the realm of possibility—is that the financial panic from these events could actually rally Treasuries on what would be the ‘Mother of all’ fear trades,” says one strategist.

  • Don't be so sure that there won't be a market for unauthorized government bonds.

  • Pensions Investing with Fingers Crossed and Eyes Closed Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 12:56 PM ET

    It is well known that America’s public pension funds are in serious trouble. A study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College recently estimated the funding gap at state and local pension funds is nearly $700 billion, or roughly 80 percent of current liabilities. Compare that to 1999, when state pension funding stood at 102 percent.

  • Bernanke Testimony  Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 10:20 AM ET

    Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke makes an opening statement on the current state of the economy and his forecast on inflation.

  • Bernanke Testimony: Fed Will Step In  Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 10:00 AM ET

    The Fed chairman is saying what the markets want to hear, if it's needed, the Fed will step in, with Drew Matus, UBS Investment Research; CNBC's Steve Liesman, Rick Santelli and Simon Hobbs.

  • Big Tax Breaks Mean Big Dollar Gains? Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 1:53 AM ET

    Currency investors are currently debating the merits of a proposed plan to allow a tax holiday for big US multinationals that could see money pour back into America, potentially boosting the dollar.

  • Debt Ceiling Hits Wall  Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 12:45 PM ET

    Discussing the impact of U.S. debt on Treasury yields, with Jeff Kilburg, Treasury Curve, and the Fast Money traders weigh in on Alcoa, ahead of its earnings release.

  • Risk of Failure on Debt Deal  Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 8:23 AM ET

    Jay Powell, former Undersecretary of the Treasury, shares what a worst case scenario would be like in case the U.S. defaults on debt but says a bond default is unlikely.

  • Treasuring Safety Trades  Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 7:34 AM ET

    There is no indication that a default in Treasurys will occur, says Cliff Corso, Cutwater Asset Management CEO/CIO.