Euro Proof Investing


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    Battle lines have now been drawn in the euro zone for next week, a week in which the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, said the euro zone must save itself and for which he believes there can be no room for failure.

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    The European economic crisis has been three years in the making and its outcome is uncertain. To help clarify the situation, here's a look at what's happening now, with updates as they happen, and a look at the major players.

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    Western policymakers are "making fools" of themselves in the eyes of people in emerging markets as no initiative to end the euro zone crisis has emerged in more than two years, an economist told CNBC at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

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    The number of Greeks filing and paying their taxes shot up sharply in the wake of Sunday’s contentious elections.

  • Chairman and President of the Trump Organization, Donald Trump, speaks to several GOP women's group at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino April 28, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Despite all its troubles and turmoil, Europe is setting up as a great chance for investors looking for some cheap land and unique deals, developer Donald Trump told CNBC.

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    Wilbur Ross, the billionaire investor and Chairman of private equity firm, WL Ross & Co., says the real question facing Greece is what policies the new government will implement after the pro-bailout New Democracy party won the most votes in Sunday’s vote.

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    By: Andy Eckardt and Carlo Angerer, NBC News

    Thousands of well-educated workers are fleeing Greece and heading to Germany as the euro zone crisis batters their homeland.

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    "The markets have digested an awful lot of the negative implications of the crisis. There's room for positive surprises here," says one investment pro.

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    The worst case scenario for investors is that on Sunday night the re-run of the Greek election does not produce a coalition government both willing and able to implement the austerity plan Athens has already agreed on with the other 16 members of the Euro Zone.

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    By: Ilana Golant|Senior Editor, CNBC

    Investors are seeking the safest investments and want to protect their portfolios from European exposure and unpredictability. These companies generate revenue entirely in the United States, and many of them pay a dividend that is substantially greater than the 10-year note.

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    A relief rally that gathered steam on Monday lasted less than an hour in Europe as investors weighed a Greek election result seen as reducing the risk of a euro exit against concerns over Spain's high levels of debt.

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    Investors with high tolerance for risk may have opportunities around the potential collapse of the euro zone that few others can take advantage of.

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    In a four part series, we’ll explain how to get out of the monetary union, how to launch your own currency, and what obstacles you’re likely to encounter along the way.

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    By: Sacha Zackariya|CEO, ChangeGroup and CNBC-YPO Chief Executive Network Member

    To put it simply, Greece's financial woes have been brewing for decades as the Greeks consistently voted in representatives across the political spectrum who promised the people more than the economy could deliver.

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    By: Alejandro Rivas-Micoud|CEO, Userlytics and CNBC-YPO Chief Executive Network Member

    If Angela Merkel had been president of the U.S. in 2008 and 2009, the Federal government would not have invested $700 billion to bail out the financial and automobile industries.

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    Emotional sell-offs related to the fears of any country's exit or other euro zone related issues are tremendous buying opportunities for high quality multinational U.S. stocks — they are extremely cheap, their businesses are growing and the entirety of the euro zone, generally speaking, makes up less than 20 percent of U.S. exports.

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    By: Lisa Rowland and Antonia Oprita|

    Governments in Europe should lower taxes and increase salaries to boost growth rather than insisting on austerity and continued saving, famous economist Nouriel Roubini told a German newspaper in an interview on Tuesday.

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    By: Liz Alderman and Elisabetta Povoledo|The New York Times

    Concerns grew on Monday that Italy could be the next victim of Europe’s financial infection, leading nervous investors to sell Italian stocks and bonds and damping euphoria over a weekend deal to bail out Spain’s banks, the New York Times reports.

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    European officials shouldn’t be surprised if their latest unveiling—a rescue plan for Spain’s troubled banks—fails yet again to impress markets or resolve the continent’s crisis.

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    Time after time during the European debt crisis, grand plans aimed at drawing a line under the problem have appeared to be behind market expectations. That may be changing.

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    As fears over Greece and other peripheral European countries continue to build, one money manager says investors shouldn’t keep money on the sidelines.


  • Trump on Europe: 'It's a Total Mess!'

    "The whole euro thing will eventually be doomed," says Donald Trump, Trump Organization chairman & president, expressing his thoughts on Europe's financial crisis and the future of the euro zone.

  • Greek-Americans Sound Off

    CNBC hits the streets of Astoria, Queens in New York City - a neighborhood which has one of the largest Greek populations outside of Greece - to get the latest on-the-ground reaction to the financial crisis in Greece.

  • Printing Money 'Only Solution': Euro Insider

    Antoine Drean, Triago, says the worst is still to come for Europe's economy, adding that Hollande could be dangerous for Europe and printing money may be the only solution.

  • How Euro Zone One-Time Bond Deal Works

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs explains how a creative eurobond plan is gaining traction in Germany.



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