• UK Public Debt Is 240 percent of GDP: Think Tank Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 12:25 AM ET

    The UK’s true national debt is now £3,617 billion ($5,930 billion) or £138,359 ($226,807) per household, according to the latest figures from the Centre for Policy Studies, a centre-right think tank.

  • Shutdown Threat Is Not All that Ails the Dollar Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 5:28 PM ET

    Washington shutdown fears are sinking the U.S. dollar, according to some news reports. Surely there’s something to this, as investor confusion rises and confidence falls, and as Washington seems to be gridlocked over a few billion dollars.

  • Budget Battle Showdown     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 4:15 PM ET

    Discussing whether we will see a budget deal before tonight's midnight deadline, with Greg Valliere, Potomac Research Group, and Tony Fratto, former White House deputy press secretary.

  • Biggest Government Contractors Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    Contracted in 2010: $35.9 billion* Total 2010 revenue: $45.8 billion Contracted in 2011, so far: $15.74 billion  Headquartered Lockheed’s dependence on contracts from the U.S. Government is no secret. The company researches, designs, develops and manufactures satellites, space vehicles, combat aircraft, missile defense systems, aeronautics and intelligence systems, which are essentially out of the scope of non-government consumers. Lockheed’s biggest contracts in 2010 included a $2.51 billion co

    As the U.S. moves closer to the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", big ticket government spending areas like defense programs are likely to be at the center of the debate.

  • Boehner on the Budget     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 10:58 AM ET

    House Speaker John Boehner says there's no agreement on spending and that he believes the Senate should pass the stopgap spending bill.

  • Investor Pulse     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 10:10 AM ET

    Corky Crovato, Corky Products & Services; Jack Biddle, co-founder, NovakBiddle Venture Partners; and Alan Bubes, CEO, Linens of the Week, discuss what they doing with their own portfolios right now, as well as what has them most concerned.

  • Morning Market Buzz     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:20 AM ET

    Looking for a resolution in Europe's bailout situation and a stabilizing of the economic situation in the U.S.Peter Kenny, Managing Director, Knight Equities, talks about the headwinds being digested into the markets.

  • The European Blues     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:15 AM ET

    The sentiment that there will always be another bailout in Europe is rapidly coming to an end, reports CNBC's Guy Johnson.

  • Playing Budget Chicken     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:01 AM ET

    Democrats say they've agreed on spending, while Republicans say they haven't. Meanwhile, the shutdown apparatus is beginning to move in Washington. President Obama has said he wants to announce a deal this morning, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson.

  • Sperling: Master of the Markets     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 8:43 AM ET

    Private equity power player Scott Sperling, co-president, Thomas H. Lee Partners, says the threat of a double-dip recession has lessened significantly, and that his portfolio is doing quite nicely, thank you. And it's all happening, he adds, despite significant headwinds in the economy, although, he adds, it's too early for the Fed to put on the brakes.

  • Conrad Says Social Issues Holdup     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 8:32 AM ET

    Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) discusses what's holding up the budget agreement, and says using Federal funds for abortion is illegal, so there's no reason to keep this spending bill from moving through Congress and the Senate.

  • Santelli on Budget Showdown     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 8:18 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the budget showdown and how it's impacting the investor thought process.

  • Corker: Giant Game of Powder Puff     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 8:01 AM ET

    Even though both sides have reportedly agreed on the size of spending cuts, social issues are apparently holding up a budget agreement. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) discusses the progress of the spending bill.

  • "The outlandish scenario of a US debt downgrade is no longer the stuff of finance fiction," says the head researcher at at SocGen.

  • CNBC Fed Survey     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 7:32 AM ET

    A third of economists and money managers believe the Fed will hike rates this year. Half believe the Fed has been too accommodative. And Wall Street believes the Fed will be more aggressive in selling assets, particularly in 2012, reports CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Fed Credibility     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 6:50 AM ET

    Discussing whether the Fed is losing its credibility vs. other central banks around the world, with Yra Harris, Praxis Trading.

  • Faber: Masters of the Market     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 6:36 AM ET

    Marc Faber, editor and publisher of "The Gloom Boom & Doom Report," discusses the world economy and the amount of paper being printed by central banks. His preference, as a result, is gold. Faber adds that in the current environment, cash and bonds are dangerous. Everything is going up, he says. Only at the Federal Reserve is there no inflation.

  • Euro Zone Debt Crisis, Travel Forecast     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 6:20 AM ET

    CNBC's Guy Johnson reports from Budapest as European finance ministers meet to discuss the EU's debt crisis. And the country's travel forecast and a look at Augusta.

  • Top of the Morning     Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 6:00 AM ET

    Discussing the budget showdown, who benefits, and the reasons why it's taking so long to pass a spending agreement. The EU financial watchdog will unveil bank stress tests today and back position limits on commodity trades. And Sony suspends production at two plants after yesterday's aftershock, as the Nikkei hits its highest level since the March earthquake and tsunami.

  • Spain's Biggest Export, Young People Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 4:47 AM ET

    Spain has avoided a costly run on its debt even as its closest neighbor, Portugal, has been forced to ask the European Union for help to help fund its debt burden. But one analyst remains skeptical the Spanish are out of the woods just yet.