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  • "If you look at the situation of the economic crisis it was always more political than financial. We need to simplify the decision-making process because at the moment it is far too complicated," Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, told CNBC.

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    In Greece, "further economic weakness expected this year, partly driven by the global slowdown, can only make things worse also on the fiscal front," according to economists at Credit Suisse in London.

  • How to Play the Euro's Fall Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 3:58 PM ET
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    Dismal news is sending the euro tumbling - but that doesn't mean you should jump in on weakness.

  • A Real Recipe for US Job Recovery Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 1:40 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking on downgrade

    I’ve got a few thoughts on this so-called Obama jobs plan, scheduled for release next week. For starters, let’s be clear: Government doesn’t create jobs. It’s the private sector that creates jobs. And that’s precisely what President Obama has been missing for nearly three years now.

  • Obama, Fight Republicans on Job Spending: Reich Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 11:41 AM ET
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    If President Obama wants to create more jobs and fix the economy, he should "put down a marker" and fight the Republicans in Congress, Robert Reich told CNBC Thursday.

  • Brazil Surprises, Euro's In a Funk Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 7:45 AM ET
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    Brazil slashes interest rates and manufacturing reports disappoint in Europe and Britain — it's time for your Thursday FX Fix.

  • September Might Not Be So Bad for Stocks: Cohen Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 5:44 PM ET
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    For the past three decades September has been dreadful for the stock market, Abby Joseph Cohen told CNBC Wednesday, but August was particularly volatile.  Could that mean a better month ahead?

  • August Was Horrendous for Stocks, Roll on September Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 9:29 AM ET
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    Nothing tells the story of August like the data. The DJIA is off by 4.7 percent month to date but the losses elsewhere show just what a difficult month it has been.

  • Analysts Weigh In on Bill Gross 'Mistake' on Bonds Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 11:02 AM ET
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    Pimco's manager in charge of the world's largest bond fund, Bill Gross, may have made a mistake when betting against US bond prices earlier this year, but the economy has deteriorated faster than anyone had appreciated, analysts told CNBC Tuesday.

  • How to Trade a Safe Haven Currency That Isn't Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 10:36 AM ET
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    The real safe haven currency is about to stand up, this strategist says.

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    "Last Tuesday, the White House unveiled its plan to reduce and reform federal regulations...I was hopeful the administration had heard the pleas of American business owners and was willing to confront the out-of-control regulatory environment. Unfortunately, it seems that once again the President’s rhetoric did not yield any real results," writes Rep. Graves.

  • A local resident of Red Hook, Franklin Mount, crosses a flooded street on his bicycle in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

    Get ready for a bunch of demand-side economists to tell you that the post-Hurricane Irene rebuilding phase is actually a good thing for future economic growth. But don’t believe it. Who has it right?

  • Job seekers wait in line to have their résumés reviewed at the second annual Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair.

    The House Republican agenda this fall will focus on repealing environmental and labor regulations that GOP lawmakers say are driving up the cost of doing business and discouraging employers from hiring new workers.

  • Losing Our Economic Leaders Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 12:25 PM ET
    Losing Our Economic Leaders

    The debt ceiling debate in Congress may be over but could the stalemate continue to weigh on the economy for years? Insight with Karen Dynan, Brookings Institution, and CNBC's Kate Kelly.

  • Henes: Economic Lessons Learned From Hurricane Irene Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 11:07 AM ET
    A New York City Police car drives through a flooded intersection on 43nd Street in New York on August 28, 2011 as Hurricane Irene hits the city and Tri State area with rain and high winds.

    As the rain has moved past New York City and Long Island and wind gusts have subsided, it seems to me that we can learn some things from the experience that relate to the government's current handling of the economy.

  • Dollar Slips, Poland Talks Tough Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 9:21 AM ET

    The dollar is set to slide, and Poland's finance minister says the euro's on the edge — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Irene Blog: Business Impact Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 5:56 AM ET
    Susan Petrella, lower left, stands near the King Neptune statue as the first wind and rain of Hurricane Irene blow in on August 27, 2011 in Virginia Beach, VA.

    The eye of Irene made its way over the New York City Sunday, rolling directly over the borough of Queens, and though the storm unleashed intense rains and heavy winds on the city, it was downgraded to a tropical storm from a hurricane.

  • Central Banks Cannot Go Bust—But Can Cause Trouble Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 5:16 AM ET
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    With speculation growing that the Fed could pull the trigger on QE3 next month and the ECB buying up bonds in the euro zone, analysts at ING in Amsterdam have been asking if it is possible for a central bank to go bust.

  • A fallen tree which also knocked over a power line is seen on Loughboro Road after Hurricane Irene swept through the area.

    Hurricane Irene was the 'Perfect Storm' for insurers in a different sense of the cliche. The weakened storm that spared New York city from major damage gave the wealthy and rarely hit Northeast enough of a scare because of ominous weather forecasts leading up the storm that property insurers will be able to raise pricing even more next year, according to a Morgan Stanley analyst.

  • When Will Greece Say 'Enough Is Enough'? Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 2:03 AM ET
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    EU leaders yesterday rounded on the new Head of the IMF calling her comments on Europe 'misguided'. Christine Lagarde's assessment is certainly stark. The former French Finance Minister argues economies are now in a 'new dangerous' phase' that requires Europe's banks be forced to recapitalize in order to cut the 'chain of contagion'.