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  • US Downgrade: Is S&P to Blame — or Congress? Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 5:53 AM ET
    Deven Sharma, president of Standard & Poor's, testifies before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, D.C., U.S., in July 2011.

    The fact that Deven Shama, the president of Standard & Poor’s, has stood down from his job just a couple of days after the agency downgraded the United States' credit rating has raised questions over whether he is being made into a scapegoat to deflect political pressure on the credit ratings agency.

  • Hunting Gaddafi's Money Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 4:07 PM ET
    Hunting Gaddafi's Money

    While rebels in Libya take control of much of Tripoli, the U.S. Treasury has seized $30 billion dollars of Gaddafi's money. CNBC's Eamon Javers is hot on the money trail of the Libyan leader.

  • Strauss-Kahn Case May Be Dropped This Week Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 6:58 AM ET
    IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    Charges against former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be dropped altogether this week in New York.

  • Fear-Driven Sell-Off Could Mean Big Returns: Analyst Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 4:04 AM ET
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    The question facing every investor on the planet is simple enough: When will this sell-off come to an end? Because when it does, the risk-on trade will mean big returns.

  • Euro Bond: Wrong Answer or Critical for Europe? Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 2:23 AM ET
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    Euro bonds are exactly the “wrong answer” to the current crisis and would merely lead the euro zone to a "debt union" rather than a “stability union” according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • Angela Merkel

    Europe’s economic and monetary union as constructed does not work and the euro zone needs some collective and determined leadership according to Jim O’Neill, the chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    CNBC.com Market Outlook

    The week's top business news and investment advice, including how to trade Europe, US financials, HP's sharp drop and the run-up in gold.

  • Rotblut: Don't Rely on a Single Indicator Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 3:56 PM ET
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    I always encourage investors to look at a variety of indicators. By itself, any single indicator can lead you astray. More importantly, many indicators sound like they would be predictive, but are actually not very profitable.

  • An Interview with Richard Fisher Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 12:24 PM ET

    He believes the Fed has created enough liquidity, but it's tax and regulatory barriers that have blocked growth and job creation. He also responds to GOP attacks on the Fed.

  • President Obama's 2011 Summer Reading List Revealed Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 12:01 PM ET
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    Ann and David Le Breton preside over Edgartown Books, a thirty-year old shop in a restored whaling captain's home on Martha's Vineyard. The pair have once again put together a summer reading for President Obama and the First Family to enjoy over the summer vacation.

  • Spain to Unveil More Austerity Moves Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 6:04 AM ET
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    Spain will announce further austerity measures on Friday in a bid to fend off debt market attacks but avoid the kind of drastic cuts that could damage the ruling Socialists' chances in November's general election.

  • The Deflationary M2 Explosion Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 4:05 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Fears over the safety and solvency of European government debt and banks are haunting the stock market.

  • Think Euro Zone Peace Is at Hand? Think Again Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 12:53 PM ET
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    Even as France and Germany were proposing new euro zone reforms, Finland was inking its own deal with Greece. Now others want in.

  • Henes: The Top 5 Questions for the US Consumer Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 10:41 AM ET
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    Consumers drive the American economy. However, as of late, they feel less like drivers and more like passengers on a runaway train. As the train barrels dangerously down the tracks, here are the five questions U.S. consumers should consider.

  • Bashing EPA Is New Theme in GOP Race Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 10:33 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addresses the Blackhawk County Republican annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa.

    The Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as a favorite target of the Republican presidential candidates, who portray it as the very symbol of a heavy-handed regulatory agenda imposed by the Obama administration that they say is strangling the economy. The New York Times reports.

  • Transaction Tax Might Work if Worldwide: Strategist Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 3:37 AM ET
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    The debate over whether a tax should be imposed on financial transactions continued Thursday morning as markets around Europe sank again.

  • How to Trade the Sarkozy-Merkel Plan Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 2:37 PM ET
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    Investors were hoping for more than they got from the meeting between Frances's Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel. Here's what to do now.

  • Wall Street Is Biggest Donor to Deficit Panel Members Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 12:55 PM ET
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    Those connections will be pressed to the limit in coming months as companies scramble to ensure that federal spending they like and tax breaks they depend on aren’t cut.

  • Swiss Franc Soars, Pound is Weighed Down Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 8:18 AM ET

    Singapore dollars get snapped up and European officials underwhelm - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • The Problem With Growth Data? It Isn't Always Reliable Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 5:19 AM ET
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    “People want the best information that we have right now. But people need to understand that the best information that we have right now isn’t necessarily very informative,” says one economics professor, the New York Times reports.