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  • Blog: Chronicle of a Policy Error Foretold Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 12:12 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    One thing anyone with a high public profile and responsibility for delivering policy needs to remember is that if you don't want to unwittingly stick your foot in it, the best policy surely is to keep you mouth tightly shut.

  • Busch: Don't Believe the European Central Bank Hype Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 10:28 AM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    Currency traders eager for an interest rate hike by the European Central Bank have large long euro positions. Here's a trade to take the other side.

  • Happy Days Are Here Again in Europe Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 10:23 AM ET

    The euro is up on rumors of possible central-bank buys, and the Swiss franc and British pound are up on actual news. It's time for your FX Fix.

  • Concerns Over Latest EU Bank Stress Tests Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 1:37 AM ET

    Key parts of a stress test for European banks designed to raise investor confidence in the sector have been softened by regulators despite widespread derision of a similar exercise last year, which was seen by financial markets as too lax, reports the Financial Times.

  • European Stocks Set for Lower Open Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 12:40 AM ET

    European shares look set to open slightly lower Wednesday as on mixed Asian markets and lower oil.

  • Europe Debt Crisis May Boil to Surface This Week Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 2:50 PM ET

    The moment of truth for Europe's sovereign debt crisis may be far closer than investors think.

  • Can It Be? Euro Fatigue Is In the Air Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 11:39 AM ET
    Euros at an angle

    After trading higher for days, the euro is giving up ground. Instead of focusing on potential interest rate hikes, traders are looking ahead to the upcoming European leaders' meeting and the stubborn sovereign debt crisis. Euro fatigue, anyone?

  • What a difference a day makes: The dollar is not in freefall for a change, and the euro is slipping. It's time for your daily FX Fix.

  • European Stocks to Open Up on Lower Oil Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 2:22 AM ET

    European stocks are set to buck the recent trend of losses, at least for the start of trading, and open higher Tuesday on lower oil and mixed markets in Asia.

  • European Markets Want a Hawk in the ECB Nest Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 12:24 AM ET

    One month after Bundesbank president Axel Weber announced he was stepping down, saying goodbye to his chances of running the European Central Bank, many in the markets miss him already.

  • Blog: Does the West Want To Go the Japanese Route? Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 12:22 AM ET
    Cash Register

    The West is poorly positioned to handle this latest oil price scare. The buffers which typically limit downside economic risks are no longer working.

  • ECB Helped Fuel Irish Bubble, Says Ex-PM Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 11:57 PM ET

    The European Central Bank was guilty of a “major failure of supervision” in not restraining lenders from fueling the property bubble in Ireland, says a former prime minister, the Financial Times reports.

  • Busch: The Illusion of an Impervious Euro Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 10:56 AM ET

    The price of oil is soaring and European leaders have their work cut out for them on the sovereign debt crisis - but the euro has rallied. Investors, be careful.

  • Traders are "short" the dollar at record levels, and Moody's has downgraded Greece - a lot. It's time for your FX Fix.

  • Higher Oil Drives ECB and Fed Even Further Apart Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 4:54 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet talks about rate rises to fight inflation, while Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is still more worried about unemployment.

  • Euro Stocks to Open Lower on Libya Unrest Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 2:40 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 stocks look set to open lower on Monday as ongoing unrest in Libya sent U.S. and Brent crude to new 2-1/2 year highs.

  • Traders 'Short' Dollar as Currency Loses Attraction Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 1:59 AM ET

    Hedge funds and forex dealers are betting record amounts against the dollar, reflecting a growing belief that the US currency has lost its haven appeal and that euro zone interest rates will soon rise, the Financial Times reported.

  • European Stocks To Rise 17% This Year? Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 12:15 AM ET

    Both the euro area's public debt and public deficit are lower than those in the US, so the euro and European stocks could post a strong rise this year, Peter Westaway, chief Europe economist at Nomura, said.

  • Hidden Debt Makes Governments Insolvent: Bear Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 12:13 AM ET

    A mountain of debt is growing but because it is off governments' balance sheets it has been so far ignored, Albert Edwards, global strategist at Societe Generale, said.

  • The currency markets have been trading on perceptions and expectations of interest rate changes. For the dollar to reverse its slide, an increase in US rate expectations will have to happen without other nations indicating that they will raise rates as well.