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  • Word on the Street

    Dissecting the day's major business news, with the Fast Money traders.

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    The debt deal's all well and good, but the dollar is still on track to weaken, this strategist says.

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    The U.S. should choose to default instead of delaying the inevitable by raising the debt ceiling without dealing with the crux of the financial problems, David Murrin, chief investment officer at Emergent Asset Management told CNBC Monday.

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    Sunday night's deal that will see the US debt ceiling raised if it passes a vote in the House is merely a "band aid" and certainly not a game changer,  according to an assessment from Barclays Capital.

  • Barack Obama

    Watching President Barack Obama’s body language when he went in front of the American people to talk about the compromise on the debt ceiling, it was clear he is not happy with the proposal, which he believes will avoid a damaging default.

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    Following the last-minute debt deal agreed by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, one strategist is predicting the rating agencies should downgrade US debt by two notches.

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    On a weekend of high drama, President Barack Obama finally managed to get congressional leaders on both sides of the political divide to agree on a compromise plan to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a potentially devastating default.

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    The announcement by Barack Obama that a deal had been reached to increase the US debt ceiling late on Sunday night did not put to rest lingering questions about whether the agreement would overcome the most difficult remaining hurdle: passage of the legislation in the House of Representatives. The FT reports.

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    If the rest of the country thinks that Washington has gone mad this summer, that is pretty much the view in this bewildered capital, too. The New York Times reports.

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    The outcome and consequences of Washington's deficit-reduction efforts are as yet unknown, but what is clear is the heavy calendar of economic reports in the week ahead will have consequences of its own.

  • The House and the Senate are ready to rumble over debt plans. Here's how to trade the uncertainty.

  • The U.S. Treasury plans to hold auctions Monday for slightly more than $50 billion in 3- and 6-month bills, officials told primary dealers in New York Friday.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook

    The week's top business news and investment advice, including debt bets and commodities plays.

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    In tough times, governments, just like the rest of us, start feeling between the seat cushions and rummaging around the house to see what they can sell for cash. Illinois has its eye on a new revenue stream — your license plate.

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    With the clock running out on the August 2 deadline to increase the debt ceiling, short-dated Treasury bill yields have gone up "fairly considerably over the course of the last week," Tad Rivelle, CIO for fixed income at TCW, told CNBC Friday.

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    A warning on Spain dents the euro and Japanese officials want the yen lower, thank you. It's time for your Friday FX Fix.

  • US President Barack Obama (C) speaks with US Speaker of the House John Boehner as Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid looks on during a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2011.

    Navigating America’s fiscal swamp - even if investors don’t fall in - will not be pretty, according to Citi Chief Economist Willem Buiter.

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    "The world’s financial system could face losses equivalent to that of Lehman’s failure by August 15, and then again on the fifteenth day and the last day of every month until default is rectified,” says one chief economist.

  • If all goes according to plan, the city of Vallejo will emerge from a three-year bankruptcy.

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    The U.S. is "not a triple-A credit" and is running a "fiscal doomsday machine," David Stockman, former federal budget director under President Reagan, told CNBC Thursday.