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Congress Political Leaders


  • Cheap Money Will Not Solve Problems: ECB Official Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 1:51 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Loose monetary policy will not solve the euro zone’s structural imbalances and the ECB needs to focus on price stability to help rein in commodity-led inflation, according to incoming ECB Board Member Peter Praet.

  • EU Debt Crisis Boosting Far Right Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 1:29 AM ET

    As austerity measures kick in and the euro zone debt crisis begins to really bite voters where it hurts, in the pocket, extreme political parties are becoming mainstream, warns Dylan Grice, a strategist at Societe Generale in Paris.

  • Who Took Away the Punch Bowl? Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 | 3:45 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on his re-nomination to the position.

    Kevin Logan,  chief US economist at HSBC  believes the Federal Reserve created the conditions for investors to party hard.  The big gains in equities, commodities and risky assets showed this policy certainly got the party going, but there are rumors that someone wants to start making coffees and pour away the rest of the punch.

  • UK Financial Services Sector Responds to Reforms Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 8:36 AM ET

    The UK banking industry has begun to respond to the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) interim report into the future framework within which they would have to work if they want to remain headquartered in the UK.

  • Biggest Government Contractors Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    Contracted in 2010: $35.9 billion* Total 2010 revenue: $45.8 billion Contracted in 2011, so far: $15.74 billion  Headquartered Lockheed’s dependence on contracts from the U.S. Government is no secret. The company researches, designs, develops and manufactures satellites, space vehicles, combat aircraft, missile defense systems, aeronautics and intelligence systems, which are essentially out of the scope of non-government consumers. Lockheed’s biggest contracts in 2010 included a $2.51 billion co

    As the U.S. moves closer to the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", big ticket government spending areas like defense programs are likely to be at the center of the debate.

  • Faber: Masters of the Market Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 6:36 AM ET
    Faber: Masters of the Market

    Marc Faber, editor and publisher of "The Gloom Boom & Doom Report," discusses the world economy and the amount of paper being printed by central banks. His preference, as a result, is gold. Faber adds that in the current environment, cash and bonds are dangerous. Everything is going up, he says. Only at the Federal Reserve is there no inflation.

  • Misery Index Points to Trouble, Just Not For Obama Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 2:52 AM ET
    The 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter

    The Misery Index is a simple calculation that became a political hot potato in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By adding the unemployment rate and inflation together, the index gave policy makers a tool by which to measure economic misery.  As President Barack Obama prepares for his re-election run, the index stands at just 11 percent, some 10 percent lower than Carter faced 31 years ago.

  • Egyptians Now Protest Against Mubarak Surrogates Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 2:29 AM ET
    An anti-government protestor holds a blooded Egyptian flag in Tahrir Square on February 3, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

    In Egypt's government ministries, factories and especially universities, daily protests have focused on those viewed as Mr. Mubarak’s surrogates, the New York Times reports.

  • ECB v. Fed Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 8:45 AM ET
    ECB v. Fed

    Discussing whether the ECB is jumping the gun and the Fed is lagging, with Keith McCullough, CEO, Hedgeye Risk Management. For places like Portugal, Greece and Ireland, he says, things will end badly.

  • ECB & a US Government Shutdown Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 6:20 AM ET
    ECB & a US Government Shutdown

    CNBC's Silvia Wadhwa reports from Frankfurt on the expected rate hike by the ECB. Many see it as a warning that countries have to be responsible for getting their own fiscal houses in order. And John Harwood reports on a new NBC-Wall Street Journal Poll. Also, a look at the weather forecast for The Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

  • Policy Makers Open Pandora's Box: Economist Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 5:05 AM ET

    The West's attempts to kick-start growth have opened up a 'Pandora's Box' of economic distortions that have taken the emerging world to the outer reaches of economic experimentation, according to HSBC chief economist Stephen King.

  • Commentary: Austerity Does Not Help Euro Zone Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 2:39 AM ET

    After months of speculation, Portugal last night accepted what many had claimed has been inevitable since the fourth quarter of 2009 and went cap in hand to the European Union as its borrowing costs became unsustainable following another big jump in yields.

  • What's Next for 'Business Friendly Bahrain'? Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 1:40 AM ET
    Young Indian Muslims pose with placards during a protest rally against the ongoing political turmoil in Bahrain, Libya, and Yemen.

    Bahrainis and expats living in the Kingdom of Bahrain have been living history over the past month as the events in Tunisia and Egypt inspired the mostly Shia majority in Bahrain to take the streets demanding political, economic and social reform.

  • Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad

    Qatar hosts its first Business & Investment Forum in New York. The country is planning to invest over $35 billion outside of Qatar this year. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar sat down with Maria Bartiromo in a CNBC Exclusive.

  • Should Investors Move Before the Fed? Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 5:05 AM ET

    The US economy is on a firmer footing, but high unemployment and still low inflation warrant continuing support, according to minutes from the Fed's latest meeting which showed clear divisions among the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members on exit strategy.

  • Saudi Arabia Keeps Wary Eye on Domestic Inflation Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 2:40 AM ET
    Saudi youth wave their national flag as they celebrate the return of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabian policymakers will keep a careful eye on inflation in the coming months, following two massive infusions of stimulus money that they hope will support the Arab world's largest economy without driving domestic prices much higher.

  • "A player on a sports team might prefer a particular strategy, but it's the coach's opinion that matters the most," said DRW Holdings market strategist Lou Brien, in a research note.

  • Lessons for Europe From Reagan's Austerity Measures Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 2:51 AM ET

    Austerity is - to put it bluntly - not going very well for a number of euro zone countries forced to impose measures on their economies and voters.

  • Libyan Rebels Set for First Oil Exports Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 11:33 PM ET
    A rebel militiaman stands guard at a Libyan oil refinery in rebel-held territory on February 27, 2011 in Al Brega, Libya. The opposition leadership has stressed that oil faciities in areas under its control are safe, despite the conflict roiling the country.

    Libyan rebels are set for their first oil export as soon as Tuesday as they seek funding to sustain their uprising against Muammer Gaddafi's 41-year rule of the north African nation, the Financial Times reports.

  • ECB to Make PIG of a Decision Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 1:44 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The ECB is this week expected to lift rates by 25 basis points in a bid to reign in inflation despite ongoing fears over the financial health of Portugal, Ireland and Greece.