• Budget Fight Carries Big Risks for Both Parties: Poll Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 6:33 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    Both parties face significant political risks if they fail to resolve their budget disagreements and avert a government shutdown, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

  • Gridlock: Good for Stocks?     Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 4:15 PM ET

    An update on the budget battle showdown and insight on the potential impact of a possible government shutdown on equity markets, with Chuck Gabriel, Capital Alpha Partners; Keith Wirtz, Fifth Third Asset Management, and CNBC's Hampton Pearson.

  • How the Dollar Would Handle a Government Shutdown Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 1:29 PM ET

    A federal government shutdown might not dent the dollar too badly, especially if it's short. But when the debt-ceiling debate rolls around, watch out.

  • A Conservative Vision, With Bipartisan Risks Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 11:00 AM ET
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a copy of his budget proposal 'The Path to Prosperity' during a news conference on the FY2012 budget resolution on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

    The long-term budget path outlined by House Republicans may shake up this year’s already contentious budget debate as well as next year’s presidential politics, the NY Times reports.

  • Boehner's Response     Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 2:22 PM ET

    House Speaker John Boehner responds to President Barack Obama's statements about budget negotiations. Boehner is to meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this afternoon.

  • Draconian Cuts Rally Killer?     Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 10:31 AM ET

    Are the major cuts being proposed by Republicans really going to be good for a slowly improving economy, with Michael Farr, Farr, Miller & Washington, and Vince Farrell, Soleil Securities. And what happens if the government actually shuts down?

  • House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a copy of his budget proposal 'The Path to Prosperity' during a news conference on the FY2012 budget resolution on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

    The Republican budget proposal will eliminate the national debt while still preserving costly entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security, Rep. Paul Ryan told CNBC.

  • Ryan's Budget Solution     Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 7:21 AM ET

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) Budget Committee chairman, discusses his proposal to cut $6 trillion from the budget and, he says, save Medicare and Medicaid.

  • The Day's Headlines     Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 6:00 AM ET

    Texas Instruments is planning to buy National Semiconductor for $25/share, or a total of about $6.5 billion. Meanwhile, Moody's downgrades Portugal's debt. And the Federal government makes contingency plans in case of a shut down.

  • "A player on a sports team might prefer a particular strategy, but it's the coach's opinion that matters the most," said DRW Holdings market strategist Lou Brien, in a research note.

  • Lessons for Europe From Reagan's Austerity Measures Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 2:51 AM ET

    Austerity is - to put it bluntly - not going very well for a number of euro zone countries forced to impose measures on their economies and voters.

  • ECB to Make PIG of a Decision Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 1:44 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The ECB is this week expected to lift rates by 25 basis points in a bid to reign in inflation despite ongoing fears over the financial health of Portugal, Ireland and Greece.

  • What Will an ECB Rate Rise Actually Mean? Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 12:38 AM ET
    Interest rates

    It is all but certain that the ECB will raise rates this week. It has been itching to do so for some time. Now that the moment has arrived, what will the move actually mean for the euro zone and the global economy?

  • Greece Seizes Yachts to Collect Tax Money: Official Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 12:45 PM ET
    Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou speaks during a press conference in the Finance ministry in Athens on February 24, 2011. Police clashed with protestors in Athens yesterday on the sidelines of a large demonstration on the year's first general strike against the debt-hit Socialist government's grueling austerity policies. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Greek government has declared war on its super-rich tax evaders, confirming Friday that it will chase taxpayers who own swimming pools, yachts and island homes.

  • Is the ECB Planning to Raise Rates Too Soon? Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 1:19 AM ET

    This Thursday sees an interest rate decision from the European Central Bank and despite disasters in Japan, tensions in the Middle East and the ongoing debt threat posed by peripheral European states, almost all analysts believe it’s a foregone conclusion that the Central Bank will raise interest rates. But is this the right move?

  • Cantor: There Is No $33B Deal Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 3:41 PM ET

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor just told me in a CNBC interview that there is no deal on budget cuts for the continuing resolution.

  • The 'Grand Bargain' Is Just a Start Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 11:43 PM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Will the euro zone survive its crisis? That was the question I raised three weeks ago. My answer was: yes. My argument was that economic self-interest and political will would combine to preserve the common currency, in spite of the difficulties, Martin Wolf from the Financial Times writes.

  • Tax Cuts for Rich Divide UK Government Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:45 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne’s Budget brought to the top of the political agenda the question of how Britain taxes its wealthiest people – and simultaneously exposed tensions in the coalition.

  • Washington Watch: Back to Business     Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 7:30 AM ET

    Discussing the political headlines that will impact the markets, with Jonathan Allen, Politico congressional reporter and Paul Kane, Washington Post.com.

  • Fiscal Tightening Driven by Emotion: Analyst Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 3:41 AM ET
    Euro coin in front of the giant symbol of the Euro outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank.

    While some areas of the world have a relaxed attitude to fiscal and monetary policy, Europe, and much of the developed world, puts too much emphasis on tightening, according to Valentijn van Nieuwenhuijen, head of strategy at ING Investment Management.