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  • Is Oil's Gain Japan's Pain? Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 1:21 PM ET
    Betty Davis in 'All About Eve'

    When Bette Davis said, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night," she wasn't talking about the Japanese yen. But if the experts are right, you currency investors out there could do worse than to remember that warning. 

  • Pros: Is Russia the New Safe Haven? Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 12:11 PM ET

    Canada has been a popular place for investors to safely invest, but the "Fast Money" traders suggest that may be changing.

  • France, Germany Threaten Libya With EU Sanctions Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 11:03 AM ET
    Protests in Libya
  • Italy's Libya problem Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 10:53 AM ET
    Protests in Libya

    Italy—and the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi—have more exposure to the crisis in Libya than most.

  • Bahrain Crisis Short-Term Blip: Investment Fund Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 10:23 AM ET
    Protesters run from a cloud of teargas during a clash with Bahraini security forces near the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters said that the army fired on them with live rounds, followed by teargas which drove the demonstrators back. There are unconfirmed reports that there are four dead in the clashes.

    The mass protests in Bahrain will make the country stronger and not lead to the fall of the ruling royal family, the boss of Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund has told CNBC.

  • Gaddafi's Scorn Is Good News for Swiss Economy Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 9:53 AM ET
    Swiss Francs

    An unfortunate turn in Swiss-Libyan diplomatic relations in 2008 may now have a silver lining for the Alpine economy.

  • The Swiss Franc Is Hot, The Dollar Is Not Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 9:47 AM ET

    Switzerland spells safety - for now - and the European Central Bank is scolding political leaders. Here's your daily FX Fix.

  • Iran Tensions Good News for Dollar? Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 8:54 AM ET
    Bill and cash

    Simon Derrick from Bank of New York Mellon has back through the history books to see how the dollar reacts to political tensions with Iran. He  found that as long as American troops were  not involved in any of the problems, the dollar did very well when Tehran has been in the headlines back through the history books to see how the dollar reacts to political tensions with Iran and found that if American troops are not involved in any problems, the dollar has in the past done very well when Tehran was in the headlines.

  • Calls Grow for Scrutiny of Family’s Finances Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 8:34 AM ET
    Moammer Gaddafi speaking

    Muammer Gaddafi’s family has built up vast business interests in sectors ranging from oil to hotels during his 41-year rule, giving it a hold over large swathes of Libya’s economy, according to US diplomatic cables and governance groups, reports the Financial Times.

  • Libya Could Become a 'Failed State': Academic Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 3:24 AM ET
    Demonstrators hold up a banner featuring Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi reading 'Kadhafi is a murderer' as they stage a protest outside the Libyan embassy in Istanbul on February 21, 2011

    With Muammar Gaddafi vowing to die a martyr or crush a growing revolt in Libya, one academic has warned that the North African state risks becoming a failed state with huge consequences for Europe and the world.

  • Forex: Read All About It Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 4:12 PM ET

    Welcome to the Money In Motion blog!

  • A memorial at Dachau Concentration Camp

    What do the words on the memorial at Dachau—NEVER AGAIN—mean if they don't apply to Libya?

  • Kilduff: Brent Crude Outpaces Nymex Oil, but Why? Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 3:54 PM ET
    Commodities traders at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Brent crude oil, which has historically traded at a discount to the Nymex's West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil grade, has been trading at a premium of over $10 for the past several weeks. It has lead many to ask: why?

  • Farrell: In Middle East, Mottos and Armies Are Key Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 3:50 PM ET

    Hurting in the Middle Eastern sense means being shot. Watch the armies. If, as in Egypt, they refuse to fire on the people, the leader is toast.

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    As oil prices race toward $100 a barrel, the expectations that gasoline prices will catch fire are running high.

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    The unrest in Libya sparked the 9 percent spike in black gold today and the unrest is spreading. $100 oil is nothing new to the energy markets but the fact that the turmoil contaigon has picked up steam, just how high can oil go? I decided to speak with David Wyss, Chief Economist at Standard & Poor's.

  • IEA Chief: $100 Oil 'Very, Very Bad' for Economy Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 1:15 PM ET

    With oil prices rising sharply on the back of the crisis in Libya, the head of the International Energy Agency has warned crude prices hitting $100 a barrel could be bad news for economic growth.

  • Italian Stocks Hit by Libyan Ties; France Next? Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 1:07 PM ET

    Italian stocks faced continued volatility Tuesday amid escalating violence against Libyan protesters who want veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi to step down.

  • Company Evacuates American Workers From Libya Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 12:29 PM ET
    Demonstrators hold up a banner featuring Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi reading 'Kadhafi is a murderer' as they stage a protest outside the Libyan embassy in Istanbul on February 21, 2011

    Aecom, a Los Angeles-based company with employees around the world, is pulling all of its American workers out of Libya, as turmoil in the nation intensifies.

  • Johnson: Obama's Window of Opportunity in Libya Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 12:20 PM ET
    President Barack Obama News Conference

    The administration is searching for an acceptable blend of government support and a pro business environment because voters demand better jobs without compromising the nation’s balance sheet. The answer may be in Tripoli.