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  • Obama Can Raise the Debt Ceiling on His Own Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 12:46 PM ET
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    If the U.S. defaults on its obligations in early August, it will be because the President chose not to exercise his power to raise the debt ceiling on his own.

  • Is Debt Debate a Confidence Killer? Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 12:45 PM ET
    Is Debt Debate a Confidence Killer?

    Should investors be raising cash because of all the drama in Washington? Doug Kass, Seabreeze Partners weighs in.

  • How to Trade the Collapse of US Debt Talks Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 | 10:42 PM ET
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    Most analysts that CNBC spoke to were against buying insurance on Treasurys or shorting U.S. government bonds. Instead they said they would focus on the forex markets, which could see the biggest moves in the worst-case scenario—if the U.S. defaults and has its credit ratings cut.

  • US Default Could Benefit Treasury Investors Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 9:03 AM ET
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    All eyes are turned towards the clock as the August 2 deadline for the US debt talks approaches. Treasurys investors could stand to benefit if Congress cannot agree to raise the debt ceiling.

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    European leaders could temporarily steal the spotlight from Washington lawmakers Thursday, as they meet in Brussels to discuss the Greek debt crisis and how to keep contagion from spreading.

  • GOP Pushes Huge Deficit-Cutting Bill Through House Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 | 3:47 AM ET
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    Defying a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday night to slice federal spending by $6 trillion and require a constitutional balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states in exchange for averting a threatened Aug. 2 government default.

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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.

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    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
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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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
    S&P's Chambers on Debt Ceiling Debate

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

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    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
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    “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.

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    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
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    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.