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  • Is This Why the Dollar Is So Weak? Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 9:52 AM ET

    The dollar's weakness isn't just a product of low interest rates. This new study ranks just how responsible - or not - U.S. fiscal policy is.

  • GE’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 9:43 AM ET

    General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

  • The massive spending undertaken by the U.S. government since the financial crisis has pushed its annual budget deficit past $1 trillion for 2 years running now, and a sky-high national debt burden to fund that shortfall.

  • US Finances Rank Near Worst in the World: Study Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 8:43 AM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    The US ranks near the bottom of developed global economies in terms of financial stability and will stay there unless it addresses its burgeoning debt problems, a new study has found.

  • It's Now the Bond Vigilantes Vs. the Voters Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 3:16 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Austerity and political longevity are clearly not correlated, following the fall of another euro-zone government.

  • Portugal Playing Politics with EU Money? Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 3:12 AM ET

    Portugal is at a crossroads that will determine whether it needs to go cap in hand to the European Union's rescue fund for support, according to Barclays Capital.

  • Tax Breaks at Heart of Osborne's UK Budget Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 1:01 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne is expected to put tax breaks for companies and hard-pressed families at the heart of Wednesday’s Budget but his scope for giveaways is constrained by a somber backdrop of rising inflation and weakening tax revenues, the Financial Times reports.

  • Consumer Bureau Is 'Most Constrained' Agency: Warren Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 1:39 PM ET

    Responding to criticism that the newly formed Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CPFB) is too powerful, its head, Elizabeth Warren, told CNBC Tuesday that it’s the “most constrained of all federal agencies.”

  • UK's Osborne to Offer Sweeteners Alongside Cuts Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 12:38 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne will this week offer Budget sweeteners to low earners, motorists and holidaymakers but has made plain there is no scope for giveaways or slackening the pace of cuts, the Financial Times reports.

  • Deadline Set for EU Countries' Failing Banks Plan Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 12:55 AM ET

    European governments must put in place emergency bank recapitalization mechanisms within the next three months, according to the chairman of the new pan-European banking regulator, the Financial Times reports.

  • GOP Unveils New Plan to End Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 12:03 PM ET
    Fixing Whats Broken

    House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) will introduce legislation Thursday to wind down Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in five years, CNBC has learned.

  • Dr. Doom Is Gloomy About the Yen Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 11:22 AM ET

    Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economist who gained renown for predicting the financial crisis, sees dark days ahead for the yen.

  • Stopgap Bill On Track, Buying Time for Budget Showdown Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 12:20 PM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    Congressional officials in both parties say the House and Senate are on track to pass a three-week stopgap measure to buy more time for negotiations between the Obama administration and Capitol Hill Republicans on a longer-term budget bill.

  • S&P Cuts Nevada's Rating by One Notch Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 5:41 AM ET
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Standard & Poor’s on Thursday cut Nevada’s credit rating by one notch to double A, citing the state’s “severe economic cyclicality” and dependence on consumer spending.

  • Blog: Chronicle of a Policy Error Foretold Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 12:12 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    One thing anyone with a high public profile and responsibility for delivering policy needs to remember is that if you don't want to unwittingly stick your foot in it, the best policy surely is to keep you mouth tightly shut.

  • Why the Euro Zone Will Survive Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 11:51 PM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    The euro zone is highly likely to survive, albeit not without further turbulence, according to Martin Wolf from the Financial Times.

  • Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment—make up more than a third of US wages. “The U.S. economy has become alarmingly dependent on government stimulus,” says one economist.

  • China Talks a Good Game, but Will It Rebalance? Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 3:55 AM ET

    Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is about to be made ambassador to China, according to numerous press reports. The move is indicative of the importance placed on Chinese relations by the White House and should be seen as a promotion for Locke.

  • 'Screwflation' and the Two-Headed Market Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 3:45 AM ET
    NYSE Traders

    You can’t beat a bit of Roman mythology on a Tuesday morning, so an article by Doug Kass, the president of Seabreeze Partners Management caught my attention.

  • How Low Can the Dollar Go? Just Wait Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 4:45 PM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The dollar has further to fall, says David Skarica, author of "THE GREAT SUPER CYCLE: Profit from the Coming Inflation Tidal Wave and Dollar Devaluation." But the long-term outlook for the yen is rosier - and there is China.

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