Political Leaders


  • What the Swiss Can Really Do About the Franc Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 1:34 PM ET

    The Swiss franc is sliding on worries it will be pegged to the euro. But whether a peg is really feasible is unclear.

  • Europe Worries Pressure Futures     Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 9:10 AM ET

    Stocks are poised to open sharply lower on worries over Europe's debt crisis, with the "Squawk on the Street" team.

  • Euro Slips, British Pound Lifts Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 8:18 AM ET

    German growth disappoints, British inflation rolls on, and Sarkozy and Merkel are set to meet - time for your FX Fix.

  • Bachmann on Buffett     Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 5:00 AM ET

    Minnesota Congresswoman and GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann offers her opinion on Warren Buffett's suggestion that billionaires and millionaires should pay more taxes.

  • No Free Lunch for Italian Senators—but It's Close Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 4:53 AM ET

    Food inflation may have been an abstract concept for Italian senators up until last week – that is, before the public got hold of a copy of the Senate restaurant menu that has reignited the debate over parliamentary perks.

  • "If the markets believe progress is being made, they will give you enough time to do make changes. But at the moment you have got this divide between politicians, you have not got a consistent message," Charles Diebel, head of market strategy at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, told CNBC.

  • Jobs Going East: Recruiter     Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 2:50 AM ET

    "There are large companies that are reducing the head count or announcing job cuts," Albert Ellis, CEO at Harvey Nash, told CNBC. " What they're not doing is really explain the pace of technological change plus the fact that the emphasis is moving from the West to the East ."

  • Countdown to Recession: Three Months?     Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 2:00 AM ET

    "What we see is a soft patch and double dip recession risk three months down the line," Beat Wittmann, CEO of Dynapartners, told CNBC. "The markets are discounting this soft patch, but it could get worse¿ depending on political decisions and whether companies are investing into expansion and whether consumers are spending," he said.

  • Perry Leads the GOP Pack?     Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 7:33 PM ET

    Discussing whether the GOP is re-energized by Texas Governor Rick Perry, with CNBC's John Harwood; James Pethokoukis, Reuters Breakingviews; Tony Fratto, Hamilton Place Strategies; and Barry Nolan, former Joint Economic Committee.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Richard Nixon

    Today is the 40th anniversary of the announcement by President Nixon of a New Economic Policy, the so-called “Nixon Shock.” President Nixon, faced with rising inflation and the threat of a recession, imposed wage-price controls, built a tariff barrier around the USA, and “temporarily” suspended the convertibility of the dollar into gold... But now is the time to restore gold convertibility, and with it, jobs, prosperity, and a balanced budget.

  • Valliere: Thank You, Tea Party Know-Nothings Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 10:36 AM ET

    As a long-time bond bull, my gratitude to the know-nothings in the Tea Party is profound. So what if they played a major role in taking a thousand points off the stock market in the wake of the U.S. debt downgrade?

  • Specter of Second Recession Looms in West Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 9:21 AM ET

    After the turbulence of the summer, there has been plenty of speculation about whether Western economies may suffer a double dip into recession after recovering from the downturn of 2008-09.

  • Low Rates May Do Little to Entice Nervous Consumers Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 8:47 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve’s announcement  that it intended to keep credit cheap for at least two more years was a clear invitation to Americans: Go out and borrow. But many economists say it will take more than low interest rates to persuade consumers, a crucial driver of the nation’s economy, to take on more debt, the New York Times reports.

  • US Crisis Worse than 2008     Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 5:00 AM ET

    "2008 was more of a crisis of liquidity. This time is much more structurally worse, because we do not have much in the way of ammunition at the Fed," JJ Burns, president of JJ Burns and Co, told CNBC.

  • Investors pass by an electric board showing the figure of Nikkei stock average in Tokyo, Japan.

    The post-tsunami recovery of the Japanese economy is being hampered by the strong yen and the country needs a more concerted effort to get nuclear power stations up and running again, analysts told CNBC Monday.

  • Looking Ahead to 2012     Sunday, 14 Aug 2011 | 8:40 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on President Obama's Midwest bus tour and the Iowa Straw Poll. Former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan and James Pethokoukis, Reuters, discuss what should be done to boost jobs and the economy.

  • Euro/Dollar Swap Rate at Worst since 2008     Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 4:40 PM ET

    The Euro/Dollar 3 month basis swap saw its biggest decline since the 2008 financial crisis the last week, Yannick Naud, portfolio manager, Glendevon King Asset Management. He added European banks were still finding it hard to raise capital.

  • President Obama plans to leave next week for vacation on Martha's Vineyard.  With all that is going on in the country and around the world, should he cancel his trip? Vote now.

  • Commentary: Bailout Upon Bailout, Blah Blah Blah Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 7:44 AM ET
    British-born actor Elizabeth Taylor in costume as the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, for the film, 'Cleopatra,' directed by Joseph Mankiewicz, 1963.

    It’s all getting a bit Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the euro zone recently. The European Union seems to think that if it’s worth doing in the first place, its worth fighting for