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    In the computerized world of markets, it’s not every second that counts – it’s every micro second.

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    Though financial institutions are not yet turning away customers at the door, they are trying to discourage some depositors from parking cash with them. NYT reports

  • Switzerland

    Living it up in Switzerland has become even more pricey, a new report shows, despite falls in prices for imported goods such as cigars and champagne which have become more affordable thanks to the rise in the Swiss franc.

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    Regulators in the United States and overseas are cracking down on computerized high-speed trading that crowds today’s stock exchanges, worried that as it spreads around the globe it is making market swings worse. The New York Times reports.

  • US Debt Clock

    Like Americans trying to raise quick cash by unloading their unwanted goods, the federal government is considering a novel way to reduce the deficit: holding the equivalent of a garage sale, reports the NY Times.

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    Greece may never be able to pay off its huge debts, but its bonds, long scorned by investors, are suddenly being gobbled up by hedge funds, the New York Times reports.

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    European leaders headed home from a weekend of meetings in Washington vowing bolder steps to address widening anxiety about the Continent’s debt burden. But it will most likely be weeks or even months before any new action comes to pass. The NYT reports.

  • CEO Oswald Gruebel of UBS

    No time wasted. Only an hour after Sergio Ermotti was appointed interim CEO of UBS following Oswald Gruebel's decision to resign, the Swiss Italian banker, alongside Chairman Kaspar Villiger, addressed the media in a hastily arranged conference call.

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    Great new ideas are only the first link in a chain that includes government and corporate allies in an economy that supports risk.

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    With all the action on the Continent, the British pound has been out of the spotlight. It's time for a look — and you might not like it.

  • The Swiss National Bank is putting the kibosh on the franc's safe haven status, and investors are turning to Norway instead. But it could be too much too fast.

  • Jim Rogers during a visit to Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. Rogers says he's long Chinese stocks and the currency even though he thinks the property sector may be in a bubble.

    The Swiss central bank's decision to set a limit on how much the Swiss franc can appreciate against the euro is "a huge mistake," investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings, told CNBC.com on Wednesday.

  • George Soros

    Remember the collapse of Lehman Brothers ? Europeans certainly do. As Europe struggles to contain its government debt crisis, the greatest fear is that one of the Continent’s major banks may fail.

  • The Swiss National Bank (SNB) came out fighting Tuesday, announcing its intention to set a minimum exchange rate for the Swiss franc against the euro, in a move which sent European shares and the price of gold up.

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    Speaking of the SNB's decision to peg the Swiss Franc to the Euro, Julia Coronado, North America chief economist at BNP Paribas, told CNBC, "There are a lot of tensions in the currency world right now, and as we have seen, it is not always easy to effectively have control over that."

  • Zurich, Switzerland

    The Swiss central bank has started to buy French and German government debt from the markets to try to bring the Swiss franc down, Dow Jones newswire wrote on Saturday, quoting a report by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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    Slashing costs and trimming staff has not solved the problems of developed world companies, making earnings more likely to fall, Richard Cookson, chief investment officer at Citi, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Swiss Franc = Safe Haven?

    If and when the S&P 500 rolls over, CHF/JPY will selloff, says Todd Gordon, Aspen Trading.

  • Swiss Francs

    The Swiss Franc has become the "new gold" as investors turn to money markets in an environment governed by fear, Jon Cox, Head of Swiss Research at Kepler Capital Markets told CNBC.1st paragraph of story should go here

  • Zurich, Switzerland

    If you think London or New York are among the world's most expensive cities, keep guessing and get your checkbooks out (that is if you are travelling to one of the cities that take the top spot).