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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 9:11 AM ET

Waking up With Nicole Lapin

Posted By: Nicole Lapin
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Don't wear green, it's cheesy. And don't kiss people you know, it's creepy. Just carry like any other Friday eve:

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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 8:50 AM ET

Did The Galleon Tapes Just Clear Rajat Gupta?

Posted By: John Carney
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Rajat Gupta

A wiretapped telephone conversation played earlier this week during the trial of Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam reveals then-Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta disclosing confidential board information to Rajaratnam in 2008.

Oddly enough, it may wind up being the best defense Gupta has against civil charges of insider trading.

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  Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 4:40 PM ET

Stocks Dip Again on Japanese Clear Worries

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 4:27 PM ET

What's Going on with the Japanese Yen?

Posted By: Ash Bennington

The Japanese Yen has been gaining strength against the dollar following the tsunami and Japan's subsequent nuclear crisis—so much so that I thought I was reading the chart backwards.

The general explanations given for the Yen's appreciation are currency repatriation and risk aversion.

In an article in the business blog City AM, Boris Schlossberg, Director of Currency Research, at GFT Forex explains :

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  Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 4:03 PM ET

Chinese Bubble Dog?

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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Getty Images

A Chinese coal baron has just purchased a red Tibetan mastiff for 10 million yuan, which is about $1.5 million.

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  Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 3:29 PM ET

Riskiest US Nuke Reactor Threatens the Most Lives

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Koriyama fire department staff check radiation levels of rescue personnel in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture on March 13, 2011.
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Koriyama fire department staff check radiation levels of rescue personnel in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture on March 13, 2011.

If Japan's nuclear disaster has made you wonder which of the 104 US nuclear plants is the riskiest, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is one step ahead of you.

In fact, the NRC has even calculated the risk of "catastrophic failure" at a US nuclear plant caused by an earthquake—which is precisely the scenario that ultimately occurred in Japan.

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  Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:42 PM ET

Once Again, 'Core' Inflation Numbers Don't Paint Full Picture

Posted By: Jeff Cox
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CNBC.com

Those tame core inflation numbers? Well, they really aren’t so tame after all.

Tuesday brought another round of misleading government statistics relative to price increases brought on by Federal Reserve monetary policies and global growth.

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  Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 1:47 PM ET

Congressman Kevin Brady: The Current Fiscal Condition of the US Government Is Perilous

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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As Congress continues to kick the fiscal can down Constitution Avenue with another Continuing Resolution, a trifecta of policy storms is brewing and will come to head in less than a month. Lawmakers will have not only the 2011 budget to contend. They're also facing the 2012 budget and the debt ceiling.

Americans will also find out then if the President will come off the sidelines as the pragmatic leader to take sides with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi or Minority Whip Steny Hoyer on the spending debate.

It will be a defining moment for the President in terms of how he leads the Congress in taking a stand on its spending. Americans who voted for change this past November will see if their elected officials have the political courage to take on the difficult choices that need to be made to right Uncle Sam's lopsided balance sheet.

On Tuesday, the first fiscal cannon in the brewing budget battle was released on the GOP side when Congressman Kevin Brady \(R-TX\) along with Majority Leader Eric Cantor \(R-VA\) unveiled a major JEC analysis of how government spending cuts can help drive economic growth. I caught up with Rep. Brady on the analysis.

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  Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 12:58 PM ET

Black Swans Now a Regular Part of Market Landscape

Posted By: Jeff Cox
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AP

For global financial markets, once-in-a-lifetime events are happening with such regularity that black swans may as well be white swans.

Such supposedly rare occurrences, brought into the national consciousness largely through Nassim Taleb’s 2007 book, “The Black Swan,” have dominated the markets for more than a decade.

They include the Internet explosion in the late 1990s, the ensuing dotcom bubble burst and stock market selloff a few years later, the 2001 terrorist attacks, the collapse of the real estate market that began five years ago, and now, the events in the Middle East and Japan.

The “highly improbable consequential” event is how Taleb frames the Black Swan phenomenon, and each time they arise, the markets react violently.

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  Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 11:53 AM ET

Are US Banks in Trouble Because of Japan?

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Shares in Tokyo dropped following the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami
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Shares in Tokyo dropped following the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami

JPMorgan has greater Japanese holdings than any other US bank, according to arecent study by Bloomberg.

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