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  • The Most Costly Earthquakes of All Time Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:07 PM ET
    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country. Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake is a rare event, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Globally we experience an average of only one earthquake above an 8.0 magnitude each year. This, of course, varies from year to year, with the most recent examples being four 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes in 2007 and zero in 2008.

    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country.

  • Down on Dollars - Just Not the US Kind Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:33 PM ET

    As investors have rushed to safe-haven currencies, the Canadian and Australian dollars have been hit hard - maybe too hard.

  • 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.

  • Safe Havens - Even the Yen - Rule Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:46 AM ET

    It's a bad day to hold a risky currency, but anyone with Swiss francs, or even yen, is sitting pretty right now. It's time for your FX Fix.

  • Markets Will Need Convincing on Reactor: Advisor Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 6:38 AM ET
    Japan's share prices plunged across the board after reports of rising radiation.

    The market reactions to the tragic events in Japan over the last few days have been rational and investors will need convincing the nuclear crisis has been averted before any rally according to Bob Parker, a senior advisor to Credit Suisse in London.

  • New Rate Expectations Will Boost Dollar: Strategist Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 4:15 AM ET

    The Japanese earthquake changed interest-rate expectations around the world and will boost the dollar as the yen loses its safe-haven status, according to Hans Redeker, the global head of foreign exchange strategy at BNP Paribas in London.

  • Quake Provides 'Excuse' for More Easing: Economist Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:22 AM ET

    Following the huge losses on the Nikkei, with more than $700 billion dollars wiped off the Japanese market in just two sessions, one economist is predicting the tragic events in Japan will be an "excuse" 'to move to quantitative easing in all major markets.

  • Blog: The Yen Has No Reasons To Strengthen Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:03 AM ET
    Black smoke rises from an oil industrial complex caused by the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Ichihara city, Chiba prefecture. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    It is worth remembering that it is only a matter of weeks ago since Standard & Poor's cut Japan's sovereign debt rating by one notch to AA- (the first cut since 2002), saying that the government lacked a "coherent strategy” for dealing with its growing debt burden.

  • Japanese markets are behaving consistent with recent post-disaster pattern: a lower stock market, lower government bond yields and a mixed outcome for the currency. 

  • PIMCO's El-Erian Expects Japan's Economy to Rebound Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:21 PM ET
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    PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian shared his thoughts on Japan's economy, following the tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit that nation Friday. El-Erian wrote that five factors will dominate the economic outlook, as the whole world is hoping the tragedies will soon give way to stories of rescues and recovery of a society that is suffering enormous pain and disrupting uncertainties.

  • Economic Impact on Japan     Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:15 PM ET

    Discussing the possible economic outcomes after tomorrow's Fed decision, with John Silvia, Wells Fargo; John Ryding, RDQ Economics and a closer look at Japan's economy, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Yen Outlook Dims as Scope of Japan's Disaster Expands Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 12:10 PM ET

    As damage estimates rise in Japan, investors are reassessing their initial bullish views on the yen.  

  • The yen is stable for now after moves by the Bank of Japan, and the dollar is depressed by OPEC selling — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Yen Rockin’ Rattles Dollar Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 9:16 AM ET
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    The yen has been trading violently against major and minor crosses, which, of course, is to be expected. But, what’s unexpected to some is the subsequent dollar weakness.

  • Nikkei Plunges 6.2%     Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 6:10 AM ET

    Asian markets slide after Japan's deadly quake and tsunami, with CNBC's Bernie Lo.

  • Pedestrians cross the street using the Shibuya crossing in Shibuya on May 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. Shibuya is not only a busy business district but also known for it's vibrant nightlife and fashion.

    While the world has fallen out of love with the Japanese economy in recent years it remains an economic powerhouse and important to the global economy, Sean Corrigan, chief investment strategist at Diapason Commodities Management, said Monday.

  • What Currencies Will Benefit From High Oil Prices? Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:36 AM ET
    Dollars and Yen

    Oil prices are driven by a supply shock rather than increased demand due to a stronger world economy, so investors in currencies look to "risk" rather than "macro" factors, David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange research at HSBC, wrote in a market note.

  • Japanese 10,000 Yen bank notes

    After sinking initially on reports of the massive quake, the yen rallied strongly. Here's how you can trade it now.

  • Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city

    The economic impact from the tsumani that slammed into eastern Japan following one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, 8.9 magnitude, will be felt in the near future, Sean Egan, founder partner and president of Egan-Jones Ratings Company, told CNBC on Friday.

  • Japan Quake's Financial Impact: Five Things to Watch Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    While commodity and currency markets took the biggest immediate hit from Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the damage will be felt throughout the world's economy and the US.