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  • Recession? Debate Is Really About New World Economy Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 2:06 PM ET

    Recession chatter is reaching a crescendo The media is full of it. Wall street economists are predicting it. And companies are planning for it. But, the U.S. is not really in a recession yet, technically speaking. (or at least we don't know if we are.)

  • Collaboration And Communication Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 2:53 PM ET

    The collaboration theme here never really hung together for me. You can see the logic in people working together to solve the world’s problems, which is what WEF wants to do. But in the context of the market turmoil it seems like most people (well, banks anyway) just want to batten down the hatches and get through it.

  • Telling It On The Mountain Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 1:22 PM ET

    It takes a lot of turn a ski resort into a world financial center. Most of Davos went smoothly, but other parts could use a little more 'collaborative innovation.' Here's some observations -- and funny moments -- of the meeting.

  • Outside News Dominates Insider Talk Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 11:47 AM ET

    This year it is the news outside Davos that became the meat of conversations in corridors and at receptions. Is the US in recession? Will a $150-billion stimulus package of tax cuts prevent recession? Can Europe avoid a slowdown? Should my business be chasing more growth in emerging markets?

  • Morning Musings from the Lobby Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 6:31 AM ET

    The European Central Bank president thought banks had learned their lesson after Barclays and Iraq is bullish on oil production.

  • What People Are Talking About in Davos Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 5:30 PM ET

    Tony Blair and Bill Gates have been doing their best to bring the Davos agenda back to the longer-term issues of climate change and development, but let’s face it, in the current U.S. economic climate, the slowdown in the U.S. (not to mention the 'R' word) has dominated the talk here.

  • Water Rises To A Level Of Concern Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:47 PM ET

    Crude oil and other commodities hit record highs last year, raising concerns about supply. Another precious resource -- water -- is also attracting attention and the subject made its way onto the agenda at Davos.

  • Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction? Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 2:29 PM ET

    Top government and private-sector executive discussed derivatives and analyzed the recent financial crisis. ECB chief Trichet says turbulence won't dictate rates, JPMorgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon says such crises are cyclical, but nobody mentions the fraud at Societe Generale.

  • Pakistan Battles Inflation, Not Just Militants Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 12:59 PM ET
    Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

    Keeping food and energy prices under control while presiding over a growing economy will be a key task for any government that emerges from the February elections, Finance Minister Salman Shah tells CNBC.com.

  • Rumors of a Google Clone Army Exaggerated Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 10:42 AM ET

    There are whispers at the World Economic Forum that the search engine company is taking DNA samples at Davos' premier hotel.

  • Afghanistan: Courting Capital in a Hot Spot Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 8:14 AM ET

    The threats of terrorism and the reliance on the drug trade loom over Afghanistan daily, but as development of basic infrastructure progresses, Finance Minister Anwar ul-Haq Ahady says the government is hoping to lure investment in its natural resources.

  • Writedowns, Part Deux Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 6:04 AM ET

    A rolling of eyes and Gallic shrugs worthy of any Frenchman. That was the response on the ground in Davos as the news of Socgen's trading loss and sub-prime writedown unfolded.

  • Societe Generale: Talk of the Town Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 5:36 AM ET

    When attendees from a sovereign wealth fund panel in Davos emerged, it wasn't about this topic, until yesterday so hot, that they spoke. Instead, they focused on the woes on Societe Generale, which reported this morning that a fraud by a trader would cost the group 4.9 billion euros ($7.16 billion).

  • Lose That European Attitude Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 6:17 PM ET

    Recession fears are dominating talk at the World Economic Forum underway in Davos, Switzerland. Will Europe continue to resist lowering interest rates even if it means the risk of a full-blown recession?

  • Investor Takeaway From Davos Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 2:00 PM ET

    The key to getting any real value out of the meeting is to look past the press releases, the pronouncements, the heart-tugging speeches, and the lofty, almost new age promises of the event's themes. The best takeaway may be to try and figure out those areas where participants seem to be in strong agreement, and then position portfolios for the opposite.

  • Lloyd Blankfein

    While a panel discusses the interdependence of world economies and a lesser reliance on the U.S. consumer to drive growth, the financial and investing gurus in the hall watch stocks tumble on the prospect of a U.S. recession.

  • Decoupling, Doom & Gloom And Dialectics at Davos Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    While a panel discusses the interdependence of world economies and a lesser reliance on the U.S. consumer to drive growth, the financial and investing gurus in the hall watch stocks tumble on the prospect of a U.S. recession.

  • Bankers Looking For Money Not Deals This Year Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 10:33 AM ET
    World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

    Crisis counselling will replace cosy dealmaking at the business and political summit in Davos this year as bankers face a market slump that has aggravated the worst conditions in generations.

  • Stock Futures Weaker, Housing Data in Focus Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    Stocks start the week on a weak note as investors await existing home sales data at 10 am New York time. A flurry of takeover headlines is getting attention, most importantly the revised deal by three private equity firms for Home Depot's service unit. The three buyers, Bain Capital, Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, agreed to buy the unit for $8.5 billion, 18% less than the original price agreed in June.

  • Buying Protection Monday, 29 Jan 2007 | 4:50 AM ET

    "Does the World Economic Forum have a reason to exist? And two portfolio managers offer investment ideas if an equity pullback occurs.

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