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  • Rich, Famous and Powerful Converge at Bilderberg Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 | 4:29 AM ET
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    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, naturally, isn't attending this year, and his likely successor Christine Lagarde is in China, but the Bilderberg Conference, which kicks off in the Swiss resort of St. Moritz on Thursday, retains its conspiratorial chic and pulling power.

  • Hungary's Austerity Avoidance Right Decision: Minister Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 | 4:18 AM ET
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    As its European neighbours continue to struggle, Hungary, which turned down part of an International Monetary Fund/European Union loan last year, has won grudging international acceptance for its focus on job creation.

  • Are ECB Hawks Banking on the Wrong Problem? Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 | 2:16 AM ET
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    Whilst the Bank of England sits on the sidelines, the boss of the European Central Bank on Thursday is expected to signal he will raise rates next month to curb inflationary pressures.

  • Gilt Investors Look to Monetary Stimulus in UK Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 | 1:07 AM ET
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    Only weeks ago, quantitative easing, the emergency policy of pumping money into the financial system to revive the economy, was considered firmly over. Now, amid a stream of gloomy data that has raised renewed fears of a double-dip recession in the UK, it could soon be back on the agenda, reported the FT.

  • Greek Austerity Numbers Don’t Add Up: Analyst Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 | 12:39 AM ET
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    With Greek 10-year bond yields trading above 16 percent, and the government about to make 6 billion euros worth of new cuts, the numbers on Greek austerity don't add up, one analyst says.

  • Job Search

    Analysts have been feverishly revising down their growth projections. Much depends on the effectiveness of policies and, critically, whether there will finally be a more coherent and sustained policy response in systemically important countries, especially the US and Europe.

  • Johnson: How to Create Jobs in America Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 12:20 PM ET
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    Our beloved two party political system is currently negotiating an increase to the debt ceiling, all in the name of fiscal responsibility.

  • A recovery in the US housing market and growth for the US economy are key to the global economic recovery, along with growth in China and further funding for Greece, Gary Baker, head of European equity strategy at BofA Merrill Lynch told CNBC.

  • Gas the Winner as Europe Rejects Nuclear: Analyst Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 7:34 AM ET
    Exhaust plumes from cooling towers are seen at the Jaenschwalde lignite coal-fired power station in Janschwalde, Germany.

    European gas suppliers could see a boost from Germany's decision to phase out nuclear energy, with other countries set to follow Berlin's lead, Per Lekander, head of utilities research at UBS, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • The Road to Recovery Gets Steeper Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 5:20 AM ET
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    What is one to make of recent economic data, particularly in the advanced countries? Is the world economy slowing? If so, should policy do anything about it and, if so, what might the alternatives be? The FT reports.

  • Employees of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant walk outside of the destroyed 4th block of the plant on February 24, 2011 ahead of the 25th anniversary of the meltdown of reactor number four due to be marked on April 26, 2011. Ukraine said early this year it will lift restrictions on tourism around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, formally opening the scene of the world's worst nuclear accident to visitors. Chernobyl's number-four reactor, in what was then the Soviet Union and now Ukraine, expl

    Nuclear safety watchdogs and G20 energy ministers gathering in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday to work on reinforcing nuclear safety around the globe in the wake of the Japanese nuclear disaster at Fukushima last March were keen to stress nuclear energy is still a viable source of alternative energy.

  • Fed Chief Ben Bernanke Testifies to House Budget Committee

    There was no guidance on the end of the second round of quantitative easing or QE2 and no guidance on the chance of QE3, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday confirmed market expectations that the United States' borrowing costs will remain low for the foreseeable future.

  • China’s "Great Suppression" Will Fail: Analyst Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 2:11 AM ET
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    When the Chinese authorities are bailing out local governments for $463 billion, or the equivalent of one and a half  TARPs when adjusted for GDP, there could be big problems ahead, according to Societe Generale’s Dylan Grice.

  • Race for Leadership of IMF Heats Up Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 12:31 AM ET
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    Agustin Carstens, the underdog candidate to head the International Monetary Fund, has accused European governments of trying to pre-empt the fund’s succession process and failing to tackle their own debt problems, reported the FT.

  • Peter Diamond

    Peter Diamond, a Nobel Prize-winning labor economist took the Republicans to task in a New York Times editorial for holding up his nomination to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System arguing that his decades of research on unemployment was “crucial to conducting monetary policy”.

  • Here's the latest from my friend and frequent Kudlow Report guest Dan Mitchell.

  • Dollar Rise Will Spell Trouble for Gold: Analysts Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 5:03 AM ET
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    The long term price of gold could come under pressure from a rallying dollar as the risk from the sovereign debt crisis subsides, Barclays Capital analysts said on Tuesday.

  • 'Poster Child of Entitlement' Must Change: Economist Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 4:44 AM ET
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    A new government is in place in Portugal, tasked with tackling the problems facing one of the sick men of Europe. Unfortunately, new faces in government do not in any way change the problems being faced by a country, according to one analyst.

  • Double-Dip Unlikely so Buy Stocks: Economist Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 3:53 AM ET
    Fed Chief Ben Bernanke Testifies to House Budget Committee

    Despite weak economic data a double dip recession is unlikely and investors should favor stocks over bonds, according to Chris Watling, the CEO of Longview Economics in London.

  • Think 'the Germans' Won't Pay? Think Again: Wadhwa Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 3:36 AM ET
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    German banks, Spanish farmers, Greek debt - what should Germany finance next? Answer: None of the above. End of discourse, writes CNBC's Silvia Wadhwa.