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We've been here before. It's a weekend reminiscent of the jittery past year. Investors are on edge as they gaze at political leaders across the Atlantic for assurances they will extend a last-minute bailout to a struggling European country and...
It was a maybe, maybe not week. Investors didn't think they needed to worry about sequestration; then they thought maybe they should. The outcome of Italy's elections looked foreboding for Europe's stability, but then investors thought, with time,...
WASHINGTON -- The euro crisis is back. Actually, it never left. But there was an extended period, beginning last summer, when Europe's political, business and media elites convinced themselves the worst had passed. The European Central Bank (ECB) --...
Our European vacation from stock market angst has ended abruptly, with Italy's elections this week showing investors worldwide that they may have jumped too quickly at the conclusion that Europe's debt crisis had been tamed. Much of the financial...
Are the golden years over for gold? With prominent hedge fund managers such as George Soros selling large quantities of gold, and the price down about 16 percent from 2011's all-time peak of more than $1,900, some experts think gold's best days could be...
It's not unusual to lose your balance while standing on a peak. And so it goes with the stock market. Investors suffered some fear of heights Monday and sent the Dow Jones industrial average tumbling. It was the worst day of this year, with a triple-...
The first people to tell the public that the world's oldest bank was cooking its books weren't the bank's executives, its outside auditors at KPMG, its regulators at the Bank of Italy, or anyone else who had a duty to keep the place honest. They were...
WASHINGTON -- For most Americans, Europe is out of sight and out of mind. We figure that the worst of its debt crisis has passed. Italy has a new government. To mute social unrest, some countries are slightly relaxing austerity policies. The European...
The stock market is at a five-year high after gaining 13.4 percent last year and carrying investors on a remarkable four-week run so far in 2013. With the Standard & Poor's 500 index up 5 percent in less than a month, investors are torn between...
The calendar beckons investors to tread lightly through the stock market, according to an old saying. "Sell in May and go away" is a popular slogan among pundits because, over the years, stocks have sometimes suffered losses from May through October,...
WASHINGTON -- The bailout of Cyprus -- if it can be called that -- bore all the trappings of Europe's standard response to its economic crisis. The last-minute, melodramatic rescue was complex, contentious and controversial. Decisions were taken that, for...
Convinced that the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank are about to ride to the rescue, investors looked past the struggling economy on two continents Friday and pushed stocks to levels not seen since before the financial crisis started raging...
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