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  • Gold Bricks

    The International Monetary Fund's executive board on Friday was discussing selling some of the fund's gold to provide low-interest loans to poor countries and shore up its internal finances.

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    The economic recovery may be sharper than many forecasters, including the International Monetary Fund, have predicted, precisely because the recession was so deep, Michael Mussa, senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, told CNBC.com.

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    Economists, recognizing that bubbles tend to come in bunches, are on the lookout for the next market to fizzle. They say that governments, central banks and international bodies should scrutinize a few markets that look likely to froth over in the next few years.

  • Avery Painting

    If you’d added a few paintings to your portfolio over the last few years, instead of all those Lehman Brothers, AIG and Citigroup shares, your retirement nest egg might be looking a little different right now. That said, the art market can be volatile, and a beautiful painting can lead to an ugly loss.

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    Emerging markets were the shining light when the world entered recession last year, but even these developing economies have been struck by the global slowdown. But as China and India continue to grow and Japan exits out of a contraction, are emerging markets becoming the world's saving grace, and if so, how should investors be taking advantage of the opportunities there?

  • Thailand is the next big place for investing in emerging markets, especially the country’s banking stocks, Templeton Asset Management Managing Director Mark Mobius told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Global Markets

    Despite a stunning surge of nearly 50 percent that otherwise might indicate a looming pullback, investors remain mostly bullish on emerging markets.

  • Last Friday, the closely-watched University of Michigan consumer confidence survey registered a disappointing reading of 64.6, when hopes had been for a 70 or so. But maybe it shouldn't have been a surprise, figuring that, during the month, energy prices were high (since reversed, of course), the stock market was struggling, and unemployment continued to rise.

  • An IMF forecast suggests by next year the economies of at least two BRIC nations could be on fire. Should you strike while the iron's hot or will you just get burned?

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    Well, the Administration can't say "give it time to work" and have some others say "we need another one before this one has had time to do its thing." Talk about creating a box needlessly. And don't you find it curious that the meat of the Stimulus package, the shovel-ready job-creation part of the deal, is due to hit just about in time for the midterm elections?

  • I have been warning clients for about two months that the mid-June-mid-October time period is the danger zone for a mood shift, and it looks like we're on schedule.

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    Even Snapple, an American iced tea maker with a homespun image, is outsourcing work to an Indian company. But in a twist, the deal may increase jobs in the United States.

  • The leaders of the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are meeting today in Russia to discuss everything from the financial crisis to the U.S. dollar. Wendy Trevisani, co-portfolio manager of Thornburg Investment Management, discuss the importance of the BRICs and the best places to invest.

  • Russia proposed a new world reserve currency that would be issued by international financial institutions to reduce reliance on the U.S. dollar. However, Liam Halligan, chief economist at Prosperity Capital Management said the west does not need to be scared, but should learn to “cohabitate” and share the prosperity around the globe.

  • Traders are eager to see what comes out of the BRIC summit, Tuesday. Will it generate a new and powerful coalition?

  • Global stocks began the week lower Monday as the dollar strengthened pushing oil prices and other commodity stocks down. Experts tell CNBC safe-haven gold is in a downtrend, but silver still has upward potential.

  • Sam Lieber of Alpine Mutual Funds advised investors on how to make money in the housing sector through emerging markets.

  • India Traders

    If investors in New York and London are seeing the first delicate signs of a recovery, their counterparts in developing countries say they are witnessing a full-on spring.

  • Managing directors Jim Awad of Zephyr Management and Phil Dow of RBC Wealth Management shared the best places for investors to put their money.

  • As the buzz about economic recovery grows louder, a new survey reveals the best place in the world to ride out the rest of the recession, which could be one of the first stops on the recovery train.