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  • Farr: What the Markets Hate Most Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 10:17 AM ET

    One of the first things investors learn after “buy low and sell high” is that markets hate uncertainty.

  • Farrell: The Downgrade Is a National Disgrace Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    To be downgraded is a national disgrace. It comes about via a political battle that should never have been fought.

  • Dollar Weakens, Euro Slips Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:12 AM ET

    The dollar deflates, the euro loses steam, and Moody's wants Japan to leave the yen alone - time for your FX Fix.

  • Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett says there's no question that the United States' debt is still AAA and that he's not changing his mind about Treasurys based on S&P's downgrade.

  • Berlusconi’s Italy Has Lost Sovereignty: Monti Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 6:17 AM ET

    Silvio Berlusconi’s administration has lost sovereignty and its lack of credibility has hit Italy’s reputation abroad, according to former European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti.

  • US Downgrade 'Absurd': Economist Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 6:04 AM ET

    Standard & Poor's downgrade of the US' credit rating from AAA  on Friday, was "absurd", Richard Portes, professor of economics at the London Business School, told CNBC Monday.

  • Soft Patch Delusion Is Dashed: Roubini Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 5:11 AM ET

    Influential economist Nouriel Roubini has warned hopes that the recent slowdown was temporary have been dashed and predicted the US and other advanced economies will have a second “severe recession”.

  • "Clearly the S&P downgrade is a disappointment, clearly the timing as well is disappointing but I don't think financial markets will be taken completely by surprise by this," Henry Dixon, fund manager at Matterley Asset Management told CNBC.

  • US Pride—More Than Stocks—Hurt by Downgrade Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 4:30 AM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    The decision by Standard & Poor's to cut America's debt rating is, in Alan Greenspan’s view, bad for America’s state of mind.

  • The crisis threatening to envelop Spain and Italy is moving faster than euro zone policy makers can keep up with, William Rhodes, senior advisor at Citigroup, told CNBC Monday.

  • Timothy Geithner

    “So what Europe needs to do is to make sure that there's an unequivocal financial backstop, so there is no doubt in anyone's mind that those countries across Europe have the ability and the will to meet their obligations," the US Treasury secretary told CNBC.

  • Consumers Cut Spending Amid Partisan Battles     Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | 11:20 PM ET

    Malcolm Turnbull, Shadow Communications Minister of Australia, says consumers do not have confidence in the market due to the lack of leadership in both U.S. and the euro zone.

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    With S&P’s downgrade of the United States’ credit rating from AAA to AA, many are speculating on how markets and U.S. authorities will respond.

  • Imminent Downgrade Threat?     Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 7:55 PM ET

    S&P could be planning an imminent US credit ratings downgrade, with Barry Nolan, former Joint Economic Cmte.; Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal; and Joseph Watkins, MSNBC political analyst.

  • Barack Obama

    There he goes again. Out on the campaign trail, President Obama is proposing more federal spending as his answer to sluggish growth and jobs. That won’t do it, Mr. President.

  • Just imagine what would have happened to the markets if the debt ceiling wasn't raised. Yesterday, the equity markets fell off a small cliff and gave back the gains for the year. Today, we are watching the markets on a roller coaster ride as investors try to figure out what is really happening in the economy.

  • Fratto: QE3-peat? Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 1:43 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee meets next week to consider monetary policy in light of economic developments since its previous meeting in June. Given the steady stream of weak economic data, it can be expected that the FOMC will at least discuss a further round of quantitative easing – potentially a “QE3” to follow up last fall’s move to QE2.

  • Euro Markets: What's The Best Fix?     Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 1:16 PM ET

    Weighing in on how to fix the debt crisis in Europe, with Erik Davidson, Wells Fargo Private Bank; Gillian Tett, The Financial Times; and CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • After the Dow Jones fell by 500 points on Thursday, European indices also faced a sell-off at Friday's open.

  • Rotblut: The Economy, Politicians and Market Timing Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    If part of your investing strategy this year is based on the presidential cycle, you need to acknowledge that things are not going as planned. Streaks last until they don’t. Similarly, if your investing strategy is based on an economic recovery, you will need to acknowledge that growth has slowed.