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    With the euro having another rough day, here's how to play investors' sour mood.

  • Crowds crossing the famous Shibuya Crossing intersection at the centre of Shibuya's fashionable shopping and entertainment district, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

    Volumes of Samurai bonds — yen-denominated bonds issued by non-Japanese entities — hit a 15-year high in 2011, and could be 20 percent higher in 2012, a Tokyo-based analyst told CNBC.com.

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    UK chief financial officers (CFOs) see the break - up of the European single currency as the greatest threat to their businesses in 2012, a survey from the accountancy firm Deloitte showed on Tuesday.

  • Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should resist pressure from European Union leaders to take part in inadequate bailout programs for European countries, Mohamed El-Erian wrote in the Financial Times.

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    The euro’s dramatic slide to the year’s lows in light trading is a likely prelude to more weakening in the New Year and highlights the long haul ahead for the euro zone’s debt crisis.

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    Banks are the key to fixing Europe's ongoing economic crisis, and they must be helped to lend while recapitalization of European financial institutions takes place early next year, analysts said on Tuesday.

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    U.S. jobs data lifts risk-sensitive currencies and liquidity drains from the market - it's time for your Friday FX Fix.

  • Businessman with crystal ball

    What does 2012 hold for the world economy? Will it fall into a double dip recession? Will the euro zone take us all down with it? While acknowledging that predicting what will happen next year is a dangerous business, economist and founder of Strategy Economics Matthew Lynn decided to try anyway.

  • Nouriel Roubini

    Famous economist Nouriel Roubini, credited for predicting the financial crisis, made a plea to policymakers to take the tough action needed to address current economic problems, in an article published on the Financial Times' website.

  • This story has been a slow moving train wreck all year, and will likely go into next year as well. The Euro zone continues to struggle with the fact that some of its members haven't been as fiscally responsible as others. Who'd have thought  would become a common finance term? Thanks to our global reach, CNBC.com was on top of every twist and turn. Of particular interest to our readers were our round-ups of the  and

    What were the biggest business stories of the year? Many a journo-hotshot will be glad to tell you. But here at CNBC.com, we like when our readers tell us what interests you.

  • Jefferies Reduces its Balance Sheet

    Jefferies shares are trading higher after reporting better-than-expected earnings, with Sean Egan, Egan-Jones Ratings Company.

  • European Central Bank

    A break-up of the euro would be “absurd” and “unthinkable,” Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the European Central Bank (ECB), told CNBC Tuesday.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speak at a meeting on debt crisis.

    The year ahead will see slow global economic growth combined with political uncertainty to create to a similar outlook for  stock markets to 2011 with a significant chance of continued stock market volatility, according to a research note published by HSBC’s global head of equity strategy, Gary Evans.

  • A salesman passes In front televisions displayed for sale at a Best Buy store in New York.

    With the holidays looming, it’s easy to fall prey to retail tactics that coax you to spend more as you frantically gather gifts for those on your list. Here are some tips to avoid these spending traps.

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    Euro shorts take cover and Indonesia gets a ratings boost - it's time for your FX Fix.

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    An extended bank holiday in the European Union to halt a steep market fall, a third party candidate winning the race for the White House, and 50 European banks being nationalized are just a few of Saxo Bank's "outrageous predictions" for 2012.

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    Traders have been bracing for sovereign rating cuts in Europe ever since Standard & Poor's issued a warning. Here's what to do.

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    Fitch downgraded its credit ratings on five major European banks as part of a broader review of its ratings on the largest banks in the world.

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    The outlook for the euro is iffy at best, this strategist says - but watch out for positioning risks.

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    Europe clouds the market and the Swiss expect slowness - it's time for your FX Fix.