*Sugar back on defensive after Brazil- driven rally. LONDON, March 17- Arabica coffee futures on ICE were sharply lower on Monday as the market extended its retreat from last week's two-year high as the focus remained on the extent of damage to Brazil's crop prospects from dry weather earlier this year.» Read More
Standard and Poor’s has warned Germany and five other triple-A rated members of the euro zone that they risk having their top-notch ratings downgraded as a result of deepening economic and political turmoil in the single-currency bloc.
Businesses breaching European Union privacy rules will face fines of up to 5 percent of their global turnover under sweeping proposals to be unveiled next month. The FT reports.
This month Erskine Bowles – the American political figure who co-headed a bipartisan fiscal panel last year – is launching a desperate new crusade. As Europe writhes in fiscal meltdown, Bowles is quietly appealing to American chief executive officers to join a new “CEO fiscal reform council” on how to tackle America’s debt headache – and prevent the nation from following Europe’s fate. The FT reports.
International companies are preparing contingency plans for a possible break-up of the euro zone, according to interviews with dozens of multinational executives, the FT reports.
Can the International Monetary Fund save the euro zone? No. But it can help. The world, whose interests the IMF represents, has a stake in what happens. That gives the IMF the right to act. The question is how. The FT reports.
A look at the risk-off trade in gold, and the risk-on trades in copper and oil, with John Stephenson, "The Little Book of Commodity Investing" author.
Should investors prep to trade Greek drachmas? Robert Sinche, RBS head of global FX strategy, discusses whether some of the biggest players in the currency market may be gearing up for a euro breakup, and how to play it.
Jack Bouroudjian, Index Futures Group CEO, highlights action in Treasury yields now.
The head of Elstat, Greece’s new independent statistics agency, faces an official criminal investigation for allegedly inflating the scale of the country’s fiscal crisis and acting against the Greek national interest. The FT reports.
A plan to boost the firepower of the euro zone’s €440 billion ($585.5 billion) rescue fund could deliver as little as half what the bloc’s leaders had hoped for because of a sharp deterioration in market conditions over the past month, according to several senior euro zone government officials, the Financial Times reports.
A number of large institutional investors have threatened to stop buying bonds issued by Santander after Spain’s biggest bank offered to exchange some of its existing debt into new instruments at what they consider punitive terms, the Financial Times reports.
An independent report on human rights in Bahrain on Wednesday painted a grim picture of systematic abuses of pro-democracy protesters this year. The FT reports.
Bankers’ efforts to water down tougher new regulations by claiming they will harm economic growth are “intellectually dishonest and potentially damaging” and could inspire an even more robust crackdown, a leading UK regulator has warned, the Financial Times reports.
Investors are increasingly loath to trust the debt of many euro zone sovereigns. That is the most important lesson of recent events. Many European politicians wish to declare war on the markets. They need to remember that they want people to buy their debt, writes Martin Wolf in the FT.
A look at how to play the fear trade ahead of the upcoming holiday, with Alex Pangiotidis, Stern Agee & Leach.
A third of the price that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Money is paying to buy Northern Rock will be funded from the state-owned bank’s current capital base, the Financial Times has discovered.
Discussing what's driving the sell-off in Thursday's markets, and particularly oil and gold, with Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, and the Fast Money traders with a look at General Motors, one year after its IPO.
The European Central Bank has been urged to increase access to its funding to Italian banks by the head of UniCredit as the euro zone crisis puts further strains on money markets, the FT reports.
A play on the narrow range in the VIX, with Tim Biggam, Trading Block.
The precedent set by the restructuring of Greek sovereign debt risks leaving banks more exposed to future financial crises of other countries, according to the man who helped to orchestrate the so-called “private sector involvement” in the rescue plan for Athens. The FT reports.
Don't start your trading day without finding out what CNBC's Jim Cramer is watching ahead of the opening bell.
Spot gold extended its seemingly unstoppable run last week, but persistent headwinds could end the move higher.
Gold was trading near its highest level in over six months on weaker equities and as Crimea voted to join Russia.