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  • Yoshikami: Yen Exchange Rate Matters for Japan Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 9:31 AM ET
    A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    The G7 intervened to weaken the Yen last Friday in an attempt to stabilize the Japanese currency’s dramatic rise since the catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Europe’s central banks, the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada followed the Bank of Japan’s Yen sales, pushing it down against the US dollar.

  • It's On! Risk, That Is Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 9:49 AM ET

    Risk-on investors are back in action, and the euro is riding high — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Crises in Japan Ripple Across Global Economy Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 5:27 AM ET
    80-year-old Sumi Abe is rescued from her destroyed house nine days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 20, 2011 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.

    In the wake of Japan’s cascading disasters, signs of economic loss can be found in many corners of the globe, from Sendai, on the battered Japanese coast, to Paris to Marion, Ark., reports the New York Times.

  • Quick Fix or Real Remedy? How to Read the G-7's Move Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:38 AM ET

    The yen is trading within range of its pre-crisis levels hours after G-7 countries intervened in the markets. Will it last?

  • Explaining Japan's Yen 'Repatriation Trade' Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:26 AM ET
    Yen

    In the wake of the crisis in Japan, the yen has strengthened dramatically, which is counterintuitive. Usually, when a country's economy is expected to weaken, so does its currency, but  Japan is a unique case.

  • The Yen Calms Down, but Action Continues Elsewhere Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    The yen is settling into a range after coordinated intervention by G-7 countries, but there's plenty of excitement elsewhere — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Backroom Talks, Secret Protocol Mark G7 Intervention Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 5:20 AM ET

    The Group of Seven nations have agreed to a secret protocol to guide their coordinated intervention and won’t reveal it in order to keep currency markets guessing, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Nikkei Losses to Double: Economist Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 4:10 AM ET

    As the market begins the process of second guessing the G7’s coordinated action to keep the yen lower, High Frequency Economics is warning investors the damage caused by the disaster in Japan is being both understated by the government and underappreciated outside of people in the immediate vicinity.

  • Your Move, G-7 Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:54 PM ET

    Ahead of the teleconference of G-7 finance ministers and central bankers on the yen, traders wait to see who will intervene in the markets.

  • G-7 Ready to Help Japan But Isn't Sure What Tokyo Wants Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:20 PM ET
    A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    Japan will get what it wants from the Group of Seven teleconference of finance ministers and central bankers Thursday night, but G-7 sources say the group is still waiting for Japan to ask.

  • Busch: Risk-Off Revisit Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 12:13 PM ET

    While we await the outcome of the nuclear disaster in Japan, we could be witnessing a structural change in the global financial markets.

  • Mark Zandi: No Global Impact From Japan Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 11:29 AM ET

    The emotional investor roller coaster is on hyperdrive as the nuclear situation in Japan remains unknown. With 2011 gains wiped out and now the Yen soaring the markets wait to see if the central banks will intervene.

  • Yen's Rise Due to Repatriation May Be Overblown Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 11:20 AM ET

    Traders point to Japanese investors repatriating assets as a significant cause of the yen's dramatic rise. Really?

  • The yen rocketed to a postwar high against the dollar late Wednesday, and the market's showing little sign of calming today. It's time for your FX Fix.

  • Japan Could Face Another Recession: Morgan Stanley's Roach Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 12:41 PM ET

    Because of Japan’s many troubles, before and after recent events, the Asia nation could face recession again, Stephen Roach, Morgan Stanley’s non-executive chairman Asia, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Are US Banks in Trouble Because of Japan? Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 11:53 AM ET
    Shares in Tokyo dropped following the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami

    JPMorgan has greater Japanese holdings than any other US bank, according to a recent study by Bloomberg.

  • Is a Japanese Banking Crisis Next? Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:40 AM ET
    Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa

    The exposures of various insurance companies to the economic devastation of the Tsunami may be dominating the financial discussions in the tragedy's wake – but Japanese banks may be at the most risk.

  • Markets Will Need Convincing on Reactor: Advisor Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 6:38 AM ET
    Japan's share prices plunged across the board after reports of rising radiation.

    The market reactions to the tragic events in Japan over the last few days have been rational and investors will need convincing the nuclear crisis has been averted before any rally according to Bob Parker, a senior advisor to Credit Suisse in London.

  • BoJ Needs to Get Grip on Market Sentiment: Strategist Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 6:10 AM ET
    Japan's share prices plunged across the board after reports of rising radiation.

    The Bank of Japan needs to hold of market sentiment or risk the economy falling into a bigger-than-expected recession, according to Phillipe Gijsels of BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets.

  • Quake Provides 'Excuse' for More Easing: Economist Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:22 AM ET

    Following the huge losses on the Nikkei, with more than $700 billion dollars wiped off the Japanese market in just two sessions, one economist is predicting the tragic events in Japan will be an "excuse" 'to move to quantitative easing in all major markets.