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  • Looking for fear in all the wrong places Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 2:38 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    With the VIX Index so tame, traders are looking for fear in the market and not finding it.

  • Merry Taper and a Profitable New Year Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 4:32 PM ET

    Steve Liesman as Nostradamus on the Fed taper and Mickey Drexler on why retailers are racing to the bottom are among the pieces in this week's Talking Squawk blog.

  • Obamacare needs a 'sexy' makeover: Health CEO Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 8:38 AM ET

    The only way to get more Obamacare signups is to cut minimum requirements, athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush tells CNBC.

  • Playing the Bitcoin slide     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 9:54 AM ET

    Darrin Peller, Barclays analyst, provides his thoughts on the digital currency, as it begins to lose momentum after hitting a record high two weeks ago.

  • Traders wait at chimney for 'Santa' rally arrival Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 9:36 AM ET

    With the budget and the taper set, the issue is how much of a traditional "Santa Claus rally" markets can expect.

  • QE taper a confidence builder: Expert     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:43 AM ET

    Richard Kovacevich, former Chairman & CEO of Wells Fargo, shares his thoughts on the Fed's decision to start tapering in January and the boost in confidence it gave to private sector decision makers.

  • Syria is 'keystone' in Middle East: Friedman     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:32 AM ET

    Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, shares his thought on why Syria "exploded", and why an international peace force has to go in and take over the country, take down the "bad guys", and create a political transition that will allow citizenship to emerge.

  • Initial jobless claims up 10,000 to 379,000     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli has the latest numbers on unemployment and weighs in on the ten-year Note and trade on gold.

  • Congress needs a 'Hail Mary' plan: Friedman     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:17 AM ET

    Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, weighs in on the strength of the U.S. economy. I believe a huge stimulus would be if both parties got together and did some kind of grand bargain, Friedman says.

  • Are we seeing a 'frightened' China?: Friedman     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:09 AM ET

    Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, takes a look at global risks and weighs in on China. China is always going to be the big enchilada, says Friedman.

  • Blackstone's 2014 outlook on housing     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 8:02 AM ET

    Steve Schwarzman, Blackstone Group chairman, CEO & co-founder, shares his thoughts on the Fed's taper decision and provides and shares his outlook on the 10 -year Treasury yield and housing. We are the largest owners of homes in the U.S., Schwarzman reveals.

  • James Paulsen, Wells Capital Management, explains how the Fed's decision to keep interest rates low and trim its bond buying program helped propel the Dow to all-time highs. We finally got the Fed to give a vote of confidence to the recovery, Paulsen says.

  • 'Tis the season to shop     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 7:47 AM ET

    Emanuel Chirico, chairman and CEO of PVH, gives his take on the consumer pulse and the outlook for retailers this season. The successful retailer is the one that can manage gross margins, he said.

  • J. Crew's 'trend-o-meter' on the consumer     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 7:36 AM ET

    J. Crew Chairman and CEO Mickey Drexler weighs in on innovative ways retailers are attempting to gauge what people want to buy.

  • Breaking down the Fed's decision     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 7:34 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman, discusses his call on the Fed's decision to begin tapering in January.

  • One day the market is going to wake up and say to Congress, you have a dysfunctional government, you're addicted to debt and the fiscal path you're on is not sustainable, says Erskine Bowles, Campaign to Fix the Debt co-founder, discussing the nation's looming deficit, with former Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH).

  • Debt ceiling woes loom despite budget deal     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 7:11 AM ET

    Former Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH), and Erskine Bowles, Campaign to Fix the Debt co-founder, share their thoughts on whether yesterday's budget deal goes far enough to reduce the nation's massive deficit. It is a step in the right direction but we still have the same big challenges to face, Bowles points out.

  • Stuart Miller, CEO of Lennar Corp, provides perspective on the housing market as interest rates begin to trend up and the Fed begins to pare down its stimulus program. The economy is beginning to improve and jobs are coming back, Miller says.

  • QE has outlived its usefulness: Pro     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 6:48 AM ET

    Greg Ip, The Economist U.S. economic editor, shares his views on the Fed's decision to pare its bond buying program by $10 billion while keeping interest rates low. What surprised me was Bernanke's somewhat "hawkish" statement at the press conference, says Ip.

  • Tupperware CEO: Keeping the brand fresh     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 6:38 AM ET

    Rick Goings, Tupperware Brands chairman & CEO, weighs in on the Fed's taper decision and discusses how his company has been able to maintain significant growth, while the stock hovers around $100 per share. Growth in the emerging markets is being driven by the middle class, says Goings.

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