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    Investors will have to deal with an avalanche of news flow from Europe on Wednesday ahead of a crucial meeting of euro zone finance ministers and US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Friday.

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    Moody's Investors Service said on Wednesday that it downgraded the credit ratings of Societe Generale and Credit Agricole, marking the latest in a series of blows to French banks that have recently punished European stocks.

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    Everybody's worried about the euro zone, but Turkey gets some good news — it's time for your FX Fix.

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    Greece's problems are scaring everybody in the euro zone,  but the Bulgarians still want in - it's time for your FX Fix.

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    Greece is unable to repay its debts, according to Richard Bove, banking analyst at Rochdale Securities, and given that the euro zone banking system has yet to mark sovereign debt holdings to market, many banks will be forced to raise new capital.

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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.

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    The United Kingdom should lose its AAA credit rating and be cut by four notches to A+, according to analysts at Danske Bank in Copenhagen.

  • Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    The United Kingdom should lose its AAA credit rating and be cut by four notches to A+, according to analysts at Danske Bank in Copenhagen.

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    The call for further quantitative easing by business leaders in the UK to reboot the economy has divided analysts and commentators between those who fear it will create a bigger deficit and those who argue that it is needed to stave off another recession.

  • UK Heading For Downgrade: Analyst

    The UK's credit rating is four notches too high at present, and should be downgraded to A , John Hydeskov, senior analyst at Danskebank, told CNBC. The analyst predicted that the UK would be formally downgraded in 2012, as a result of falling real growth and rising national debt.

  • President Barack Obama

    With his approval ratings on the floor, President Barack Obama will on Thursday unveil an eagerly awaited speech on job creation that will define the 2012 battle for the White House.

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    On Wednesday, investors will wait with bated breath for news from Germany again, where the Federal Constitutional Court has the power to make or break the fate of the euro zone.

  • Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    Sometimes a summer vacation can set you up for the autumn, allowing you some-hard earned rest to recharge the batteries before returning to the office, light of heart and confident about the prospects for the rest of the year.

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    Greater fiscal and political union is needed in Europe, and will be discussed by euro zone leaders within months, Joaquin Almunia, EU Competition Commissioner, told CNBC Saturday.

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    Despite a bounce in the S&P 500 index this week, many investors see the odds stacked against the bull market making it into 2012.

  • Ronald McDonald

    A few years ago, I pointed out in a column that the cost of insuring the US government against a default in the credit derivatives market, had risen above that of McDonalds, the US fast food company, for the first time, the FT's Gillian Tett writes.  

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    German “bad bank” agencies holding billions of euros of Greek debt have still to decide whether to join a bond swap designed to cut Athens’ refinancing burden as part of an EU bail-out, the FT writes.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    In Jackson Hole Wyoming on Saturday Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the European Central Bank was due to give a speech to a meeting of policy makers hosted by the Federal Reserve. As he prepared to speak the euro zone faced huge problems.

  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is unlikely to announce a third round of quantitative easing in his Jackson Hole speech this afternoon, Tony Fratto, the director of Hamilton Place Strategies, a public policy research firm, told CNBC.

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    In any murder mystery film, it pays to watch the boring gray man (or woman) in the corner; quiet, unobtrusive characters can be deadly. So, too, in finance. Four years ago, the giant US money market funds seemed some of the dullest actors in the global financial scene. But in 2007, they quietly helped to spark the crisis in the mortgage-backed securities world.