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  • And their one main victim: You.

  • Yoshikami: Thursday's Plunge – Your Wake-up Call Friday, 7 May 2010 | 10:55 AM ET

    It was pretty wild out there. But instead of chalking this up as simply panic in the market, we should see it as a huge wake up call. All is not well.

  • Farr: 1000 Points! What The Heck Was That? Friday, 7 May 2010 | 9:41 AM ET

    As the market dropped our team was watching. A car wreck is a much too pleasant analogy. I was at my desk in 1987, 1989, 9/11, 2008, and I’ve never witnessed what I witnessed yesterday.

  • For the market to plunge 1000 or so points and then rebound a good bit of the way back is rattling.

  • Dow Sheds 350 in Wild Selloff; VIX Tops 34 Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 6:17 PM ET
    Debtor Nations

    Stocks staged one of the most dramatic selloffs in market history Thursday as what may have been a trader error exacerbated losses in a market already jittery about the European debt crisis. The Dow ended down about 350 points and the VIX was above 34.

  • Debt-Deflation-Contagion Panic: It’s a Bloody Mess Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 4:58 PM ET

    Panic has gripped stock markets worldwide over the Greek debt crisis and the threat of a debt-deflation contagion through banks in Europe (primarily) and the U.S. that own the bonds of Greece, Portugal, Spain, and so forth. If these bond asset prices collapse totally, lending facilities would be badly crimped for both the short and long term.

  • Farr: Bill Gross, Rating Agencies, and Mob Mentality Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 3:24 PM ET

    Faithful readers of my weekly market commentary know that I value the opinion of PIMCO bond manager Bill Gross. Gross has compiled a terrific record as a fixed-income manager, and he regularly proves to be ahead of the curve on issues affecting the global economy.

  • Anger Turns to Resignation After Greek Crisis Cuts Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 2:30 PM ET

    A mood of resignation pervaded the crowd outside the Greek parliament building on Thursday, after lawmakers passed far-reaching three-year budget cuts to deal with Greece’s teetering economy.

  • Stocks Slide as April Retail Sales Disappoint Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 11:20 AM ET
    Debtor Nations

    Stocks declined for a third straight session Thursday as retail sales fell short of expectations and worries about the European debt crisis nagged at the market.

  • Farrell: That Ain't the Fat Lady, That's Lazard Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 10:49 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    Lazard has been hired to assist Greece with its finances. The speculation is Lazard has been hired to assist Greece with a restructuring of its debt. That, of course, has been denied. These guys always deny, deny, deny until it's done.

  • Busch: Crucial Friday German Parliament Vote Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 10:20 AM ET
    The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    Once passed, the bill will be signed into law and then presented to the Euro Zone meeting on Friday night. There is likely to be a constitutional challenge to the agreement, but this will not impede the flow of money to Greece.

  • Futures Drift Lower Amid Greece Troubles Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 8:41 AM ET

    The US stock market could be in for another rough day as investors grew nervous over uncertainty in the European debt crisis.

  • The ink was barely dry on the $150 billion EU/IMF bailout of Greece when world stock markets tanked on two major fears.

  • Busch: Expect the Worst—German Vote=TARP Vote Part 2 Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 11:09 AM ET
    Debtor Nations

    Last Friday, I stated that the vote this week on Friday in Germany was analogous to what occurred in the US Congress leading up to the TARP vote. The uncertainty would drive down the Euro and raise questions over the viability of the union. Now, we’re seeing another aspect arise: attempting to scare the German politicians into voting yes.

  • Scenes from the Greek Protests Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 9:57 AM ET

    Three people have been killed in a petrol bomb attack on a bank in central Athens, as protests in the capital over the government's spending cuts turned violent.

  • Greek Crisis Hydra Engulfs the Euro Zone Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 3:59 AM ET

    The market is already beginning to ask if the German public and the EU have the stomach for a rescue package for Portugal, Spain, Ireland and even for Italy.

  • Busch: Top 10 Points on Greek Bailout Situation Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 2:22 PM ET

    The entire premise of the EMU is in question and must be resolved. Either the EU integrates further or dissolves.

  • Despite the agreement over the weekend to aid Greece, stocks are down sharply again today on similar fears as other nations, especially Portugal and Spain, are also facing severe debt issues. The whole situation also brings into question the strength of the euro currency.

  • UBS Dividend in Next 2-3 Years 'Symbolic': CFO Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 10:11 AM ET
    Swiss Bank

    Financial regulations could significantly influence UBS' profitability in both the near and long term and they will constrain the Swiss bank from resuming dividend payments, CFO John Cryan told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Debtor Nations

    The Greek debt crisis is beginning to take a back seat, while the earnings season has got off to a solid start, therefore stocks are once again a good place for investors, Bruno Verstraete, CEO of Nautilus Invest in Zurich, told CNBC Tuesday.