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  • 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.

  • Knee-jerk reactions to catastrophes often fall wide of the mark, Stephen King, chief economist at HSBC told CNBC.

  • Defaults in euro zone sovereign debt and a major fall in US stocks and are unlikely before 2013, according to a research report by Smithers &Co.

  • Europe Stocks to Open Higher on G7 Intervention Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 1:52 AM ET

    European stocks are likely to open higher on Friday, as Group of Seven countries agree to joint intervention to stem the yen's gains.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • For Europe and China, Nuclear Crisis Renews Fears Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:50 AM ET
    Nuclear Power Plant

    As Japan’s nuclear crisis intensified Wednesday, governments across Europe remained at odds over whether to scale back nuclear power programs or continue plans to expand, reports the New York Times.

  • Europe Set for Higher Open Despite Nuclear Fears Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 3:40 AM ET
    A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares are set to open higher on Thursday even as the nuclear crisis in Japan worsened and yen surged to a record high against the dollar.

  • Europe Stocks To Follow Asia Higher Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 3:36 AM ET

    After two days of heavy selloffs instigated by the disasters in Japan, European shares look set open higher at the start of trading Wednesday.

  • Blog: Kicking and Screaming, EU Will Move to Solidarity Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:31 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Jean Monnet, the father of European integration, once remarked that “Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted in crises.”

  • Blog: The Euro Zone Debt Crisis Not Over Yet Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 1:33 AM ET
    Euro bills and coins

    Did euro area policymakers finally pull a real live rabbit out of the hat? The headlines from Friday's summit are certainly impressive, advancing much quicker than expected and delivering the surprise of allowing the EFSF to intervene in the primary debt markets.

  • Euro Zone Debt Agreement a Ponzi Scheme: Ferguson Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:07 AM ET

    "I think this whole thing is a Ponzi scheme in which governments that are already in deep red ink are trying to generate more red ink," Niall Ferguson, history professor at Harvard University, told CNBC.

  • Interest Rates Will Rise Soon: Historian Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:06 AM ET

    Interest rates will have to rise soon even if major central banks – like the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England – keep monetary policy ultra relaxed for now, Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University, told CNBC in an interview.

  • Europe Stocks Set for Steep Losses at Start Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 1:53 AM ET

    Stocks across Europe are indicated to drop sharply when trading starts Tuesday pulled down by a major selloff in Japan and weakness across the rest of Asian markets.

  • Markets Applaud European Debt Crisis Package Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 9:55 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Markets have cheered a surprisingly broad European package of measures to tackle the government debt crisis that has over the past year threatened the existence of the euro currency.

  • Europe to Open Lower, Hit by Japan Quake Toll Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:43 AM ET

    European shares are seen opening lower on Monday as markets continue to look at the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday.

  • Will Fed Announce the Death of Quantitative Easing? Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:37 AM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is unlikely to drop a bombshell in the markets like his counterpart at the European Central Bank did when he pre-announced a rate rise, ING chief international economist Rob Carnell wrote in a market note.

  • Soldiers pull a boat across floodwater as they help to evacuate residents of Tagajo city, Miyagi

    Traders went home Friday thinking about Japan's tragic earthquake and tsunami, more possible unrest in the Middle East, and Europe's sovereign debt problems.

  • Euro Stocks Look Lower Ahead of Summit, 'Rage' Day Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 1:31 AM ET
    Traders sit in front of their screens at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares look set for a lower open on Friday ahead of Saudi Arabia's "Day of Rage" and the European Union Summit in Brussels.

  • Blog: The Hidden Dangers of the ECB Rate Hike Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 12:22 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    Last week the press conference of European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet has left very little room for interpretation. It is now clear that a rate hike is highly likely at the April meeting. Why are they hiking?