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  • Buffett: We're Adding to Positions We Already Own

    Warren Buffett tells CNBC's Becky Quick the global market selloff isn't making any difference to Berkshire's investing strategy. "We were buying stocks on Friday and we'll buy the same stocks today," he says. "And we'll buy them cheaper."

  • The Greek national flag is seen flying above the parliament building on Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

    The risk of Greece exiting the euro zone have risen to as much as 75 percent, according to economists at Citi. Describing such an outcome as a “Grexit,” the Citi team said, however, that the chances of a broad-based break-up of the euro zone remain very low.

  • French Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election Francois Hollande addresses the audience during a campaign meeting at Le Bourget on January 22, 2012 in Paris, France.

    Having battled his way to the Eylsee Palace and the French presidency Francois Hollande’s leadership will be tested by a far less conclusive election result from Greece.

  • The Parthenon, illuminated at night, sits at the top of Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

    Having seen its influence on global markets ebb in recent months Greece now finds itself at the eye of the storm again, following an inconclusive election result that saw voters reject austerity and the terms of its bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

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    Plans to give shareholders more power over boardroom pay will be given centre stage in the Queen’s Speech, as highly paid executives face another week of lambasting from shareholders, the Financial Times reports.

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    Sunday’s elections in Europe occurred in three countries with diverse economic circumstances, and they were for different parts of government (presidential, regional, and parliamentary respectively). Yet the common message from the electorate is undeniable, reminiscent of a famous line in the 1976 movie Network: “I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!”

  • David Cameron

    Voters in the United Kingdom punished the coalition government’s two political parties at local elections across the country on Thursday in what will be seen by many as a rejection of the government’s austerity.

  • Facebook

    Buying shares in Facebook will not be worth the risk over the long term, according to David Lowery, equity strategist at Faraday Research.

  • Money Match Up: Ron Paul's Reaction to Jobs

    What does crude's fall say about the economy? The currency trade behind crude oil's fall, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Money in Motion traders. Also, Ron Paul's reaction to the jobs report.

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    Europe for the last four years has been a headline that has moved markets and portfolios.  It now appears as if a new and dangerous chapter is beginning relative to Europe's financial solvency.

  • The Greek national flag is seen flying above the parliament building on Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

    Elections in Greece on Sunday could throw the country into disarray once more, unsettling investors who believed that a deal struck earlier this year to restructure the country’s debt and avert a default marked the end of a major chapter in the euro zone debt crisis.

  • Greek Parliament

    Greece needs to see consensus among the various political factions and to renegotiate its bailout to return to markets and build a long-term program of economic growth, according to the President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce.

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    Parallels are being drawn between Europe’s current debt crisis and Japan’s so-called Lost Decade, when the Asian country’s economy imploded in the 1990s. The NYT reports.

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    Manufacturing reports suggest Europe could slide into recession without the rest of the world, creating fallout for the euro.

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    Spain's borrowing costs rise and the European Central Bank meeting threatens - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank will leave rates on hold on Thursday and continue to assess the impact on the economy of two rounds of cheap, 3-year funding for banks, analysts told CNBC, warning that the bank’s ability to fight the crisis is waning.

  • Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    Repairing the economy and regulating banks is “the biggest challenge the Bank [of England] has faced for decades,” Sir Mervyn King said on Wednesday in a speech in which he conceded for the first time he should have “shouted from the rooftops” about risks before the financial crisis.

  • Francois Hollande, Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, speaks in a gymnasium during a visit on January 29, 2012 in Paris, during the traditional Chinese New Year festivities in the French capital.

    The chief executive of Societe Generale, Frederic Oudea, warned Socialist party French presidential candidate Francios Hollande against any move to break up the French banking system on Thursday as the financial institution announced first quarter earnings that declined from a year earlier.

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    Spain's crisis is one of private, not public debt, and arguably has its roots far more in the inappropriate monetary policy applied from Frankfurt during the key 2002 to 2006 period than in any failure in the application of the EU Stability and Growth Pact.

  • Europe's Liquidity Trap

    Andreas Utermann, Global CIO, Allianz Global Investors talks about what is needed for Europe to achieve growth and get out of its liquidity trap.