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  • Bargaining Power: Kurds on the Rise in Iraq Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 12:52 PM ET

    The Iraqi government and Kurdistan authorities put together a deal that could see the Kurds resume oil exports to Iraq in return for a revision of the Iraqi 2013 budget.

  • US, Russia Teaming vs. Terror? Don't Count On It Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | 12:59 PM ET

    U.S. intelligence failures can be attributed to a lack of cooperation among internal U.S. agencies. An increase in cooperation with external agencies simply isn't feasible.

  • Golden Week Loses Its Shine for Hong Kong Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | 3:34 AM ET

    Three times a year, during Lunar New Year, this time of year, and the National Day holidays in October, a wide swath of the country essentially shuts down as people venture around the nation and beyond.

  • The Hack Attacks and the Markets Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 1:47 PM ET
    CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton

    CFTC's Bart Chilton notes that financial technology is a lot like automobile traffic...you need laws to keep things from running amok.

  • Marathon Bombings: Russia's 'I told You So' Moment? Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 3:54 PM ET
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama

    The Boston Marathon bombings were a wake-up call to Americans who may have forgotten about spectacular terrorist attacks in a distant part of the world.

  • Yoshikami: What's Wrong with China Equities? Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 4:46 PM ET

    China reported GDP growth below many analysts expectations and the markets shuttered. What's happening with this once-strong growth engine for the global economy?

  • The 'Chavismo' Hasn't Left Venezuela Just Yet Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | 11:05 AM ET
    Venezuela's newly elected president, Nicolas Maduro.

    Venezuela's new president will govern as he thinks Chavez would have and oil and gas investors can expect a perpetuation of the status quo.

  • Is Carnival's CEO Ready to Face Shareholders? Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | 8:53 PM ET
    Mickey Arison, CEO Carnival Corp.

    It's a big week for Carnival cruise lines and CEO Micky Arison -- they have to face shareholders and Congress is breathing down their neck. Is Arison up to the task?

  • China Makes Energy Push Into Mexico and Canada Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 3:53 PM ET
    Oil storage tanks in Mexico.

    While China's interest in Canadian energy assets has been relatively well documented, at least in the Canadian press, Beijing is also courting Mexico, and receiving a warm welcome.

  • The Dollar Is Getting Stronger: Farr Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 10:57 AM ET

    The U.S. dollar index has increased over 5 percent since the beginning February. So what should your next move be?

  • Yes, It's True: Barbie May Save the World Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 3:36 PM ET

    The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, and Harper Collins are among many corporations setting sustainability standards for things like paper and packaging.

  • Is the Fed Being Forced to Take More Risks? Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 4:38 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke

    It's too bad that over two days of congressional testimony this week Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wasn't asked an important question about Fed policy and deficits.

  • Leadership Is So Yesterday! Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 11:42 AM ET

    This expert says he's realized that the archaic definition of leadership is so yesterday!

  • US Trade Gap With Asia to Worsen, Unless... Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 | 11:42 PM ET

    The symbolism was strong but America's trade results were weak as President Barack Obama visited East Asia right after his reelection last November, a year after his shift to a more comprehensive trans-pacific engagement.

  • Currency Warriors Need a Dose of Tough German Love Sunday, 17 Feb 2013 | 11:46 PM ET
    European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Does it make sense to accuse the Fed and the ECB of spurring global currency wars when they are stimulating economic growth so that the U.S. and the euro area can lead the world to greater prosperity?

  • Global Economy Living Off Fed's Gravy Train Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 9:56 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Building, Washington, D.C.

    The best kept secret is that the Fed does more for the successful operation of the global business cycle than all the "talking shops" (G8, G20, and various U.N. agencies) combined.

  • Unlikely Market Scenarios Could Spring on Us in 2013 Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 9:55 PM ET

    Ruchir Sharma of Morgan Stanley tells us which global stock markets could surprise us this year, and it may not always be a pleasant one.

  • Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew's past doesn't bode well for the business community--or, ironically, the White House.

  • $1 Trillion Coin on the Table?     Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 7:50 PM ET

    Can a platinum penny really prop up the debt ceiling? Larry Kudlow and guests debate it.

  • Farr: Crying Wolf Could Make Markets Complacent Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 12:39 PM ET

    If a "bang moment" approaches, like a surge in interest rates, it will likely catch markets complacent and desensitized, Michael Farr says.

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