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  • Euro Banks Borrow Less than Expected from ECB Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 5:31 AM ET
    Euro bills and coins in cash register tray

    The European Central Bank loaned banks 131.9 billion euros ($161.4 billion) at its 3-month lending auction Wednesday, below expectations, sending the euro higher against major currencies.

  • The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    Investors everywhere were stashing whatever money they had into anything that might provide safety. Reflecting on those terrifying days of yore, you might understand why so much buying pressure amid market panic may have driven yields so low, but what about now?

  • Busch: Bad Things Happening Around the Globe Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 9:53 AM ET

    Stocks are dropping over concerns over Spanish bank funding, lower China growth, IMF warning on Austria, SF Fed warning on US states, and strikes in Europe.

  • Europe Banks Make Me Nervous: Niall Ferguson Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 6:54 AM ET

    The assumption that European governments will never do something like the US allowing Lehman Brothers to fail in September 2008 is trumped by the fiscal reality, Niall Ferguson, Harvard University professor and author, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • What RBS Says to Buy for 'Cliff-Edge' Scenario Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 5:41 AM ET

    Investors should position their portfolios for a sharp rally in bond prices because stock and commodity markets are heading for a "cliff-edge," Andrew Roberts, head of European rates strategy at RBS, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Spanish Banks Rage at End of ECB Offer Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 3:27 AM ET
    Spain

    Spanish banks have been lobbying the European Central Bank to act to ease the systemic fallout from the expiry of a 442 billion euros ($542 billion) funding program this week, accusing the central bank of “absurd” behavior in not renewing the scheme.

  • The credit team at RBS in London are getting very bearish and warning clients to "get ready for the cliff-edge," where prices of stocks and commodities will "collapse." RBS is advising investors to get into maximum long-duration bonds in safe-haven markets. "This means the US, UK and Germany in that order," according to RBS.

  • Why Greece Would Rather Sell Islands than Default Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 11:11 AM ET
    Swimming pool in Greece

    As reports resurface that Greece is considering selling leases to some of its islands to pay down debt, fears are growing that the euro zone member could restructure its debt over the summer months. But analysts disagree, saying this would be bad for German banks.

  • Kerviel Lawyer Blasts SocGen; Trial Verdict Oct. 5 Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 9:16 AM ET
    Jerome Kerviel shown here released on bail from La Sante Prison by a Parisian court on March 18, 2008 in Paris, France. Jerome Kerviel, the Societe Generale rogue trader was accused of losing 4.9 billion euros (7.2 billion US dollars) through unauthorised trading.

    Jerome Kerviel was a pawn in a mind-boggling financial system that pushed him to take risks, lawyer Olivier Metzner argued on the last day of the trial of the former Societe Generale trader.

  • Central Banks Join the Ranks Of Investors Who Like Gold Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 12:17 PM ET
    Gold coins and bar

    Is the world going back to a gold standard? Not really. But with central banks around the globe holding more gold in reserve, it certainly has people talking.

  • Banks in PIGS Get Most of ECB Support: Research Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 4:24 AM ET

    Banks in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain account for over two-thirds of the euro area liquidity injections since the middle of 2008, according to new research from RBS Marketplace.

  • Trichet Explains Why Soros Is Wrong About the Euro Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 2:59 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The euro is a very credible currency that has kept its value from its debut and has guaranteed price stability, he said. "A currency that guarantees such stable prices, it's of value in the eyes of domestic and international investors," Trichet said.

  • Talk of '2-Tier Euro Zone' Could Upset Euro: ING Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 5:49 AM ET
    Euro bills and U.S. dollars being exchanged

    The rebound of Europe's single currency may be jeopardized by reports over the weekend that France and Germany are mulling a two-tier euro zone, ING Bank analysts said Monday.

  • Busch: Theme Shift—US Bad, Europe Good Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 10:35 AM ET

    I’ve been warning about for some time about how doing stress tests are great, but there are at least two more steps that need to be taken for reduction of uncertainty over European banks and countries.

  • What Crisis? The Euro Zone Adds Estonia Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 6:26 AM ET
    Estonia

    Guess what? The funniest thing happened in Europe on Thursday. A new country joined (yes, joined) the euro zone. And the mood here was upbeat. Estonia will begin using the euro on Jan. 1.

  • Some Nations Going Overboard With Austerity: Pimco Exec Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 5:27 PM ET

    The public outcry over national deficits has spurred international fiscal policy makers in some countries to impose austerity measures unnecessarily, Paul McCulley, managing director at Pimco, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Fixed Capital Rules for Banks Not Needed: BNY CEO Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 1:39 PM ET

    The Collins amendment, requiring fixed capital ratios for some banks, to the financial regulations reform bill isn’t needed, the Robert Kelly, the CEO and chairman of Bank of New York Mellon , told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Would a US 'Rich Tax' Work? Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 8:28 AM ET

    Some German millionaires and billionaires want to give up 10 percent of their income to help fix the budget mess in Europe. Would such a plan ever work in the United States?

  • European Markets Showing Strength Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | 4:03 PM ET

    Another solid close for European bourses today, with many markets closing at or near session highs.

  • Euro Zone Like a Propped-Up Carcass: Strategist Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | 11:11 AM ET

    The euro is barely intact, and rescuing the banks only worsened the financial crisis, Roger Nightingale, strategist at Pointon York, told CNBC on Tuesday.

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