Global Economy

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If there’s one thing we can take away from this week’s stock market dive that sent the Dow down more than 866 points and 5 percent in five days, it’s that American’s are feeling a little jittery. After five years of economic uncertainty, it finally feels as if things are back on track, yet many …

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Greek equities took another battering Wednesday while its yields spiked, as concerns about the strength of the euro zone economy returned to spook investors. One analyst—Kathleen Brooks, research director at—warned of a possible “euro zone sovereign crisis 2.0″ as the yield on Greek 10-year government bonds continued to trade well above 7 percent. ASE, …

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Italian Air Force soldiers attend a military exercise preparing to help people infected with the Ebola virus at the Pratica di Mare Air Base, near Rome, on September 24, 2014.

As the fight to end the latest Ebola outbreak rages on, concerns are mounting over whether the deadly disease will become a global contagion. The World Health Organization estimates that Ebola has already killed more than 4,400 people in West Africa and infected at least twice that many. Cases outside the region have also surfaced: …

Deflation concerns

The potential for deflation is grabbing the attention of central bankers from around the globe. What exactly is deflation and why are experts worried? Steve Liesman explains.

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Red Cross workers carry away a person suspected of dying from Ebola, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on October 4, 2014.

After Texas reported its second case of Ebola on Sunday, experts told CNBC that airport screening was unlikely to prevent another potential victim of the killer disease from entering the U.S. Last week, the U.S. government ordered five airports to start screening travelers for Ebola, following the first case on American soil—Thomas Eric Duncan, who …

Investors eye IMF, World Bank meetings

Sara Eisen tells us the hot-button issues that delegates discussed at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank meeting in Washington today.

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Pro-democracy demonstrators protest in front of the Government Complex in Hong Kong on Oct. 2, 2014.

China’s recent move to tighten control over Hong Kong’s political process could turn out to be a very costly move for Beijing. For more than a century, Hong Kong has enjoyed an outsized role in the global financial system, thanks to its freewheeling capital regulations, relatively high quality of life, rule of law and political independence from …

How Hong Kong protests are impacting business

Thousands of workers are unable to get to their offices due to the protests in Hong Kong. Will the protest have a long-term impact on China’s economy?

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Christine Lagarde

Advanced economies face “permanently weak demand” warned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday, which argued “the time may be right for an infrastructure push”. According to the organization, infrastructure investment is “one of the few remaining policy levers available to support growth” – especially in the euro zone where despite accommodative monetary policy “there …

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Oilfield workers at a drilling platform near the Iraqi city of Badra, south of Baghdad.

Geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West and troubles in Middle East have dominated headlines all summer, but investors so far have managed to shrug off fears, with the market reaction remaining fairly contained. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) basket of 12 crude oils slid to $94.31 on Tuesday, the lowest level since …

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A series of damning espionage revelations and other developments have damaged the way Germans view U.S. corporations—so much so that they now regard American companies about as negatively as Russians do, according to research to be released Monday. Fifty-seven percent of German business executives surveyed by market research firm Penn Schoen Berland for CNBC and Burson-Marsteller said a corporation’s …

China cracking down on western companies

China is cracking down on a number of western companies for what it calls “monopolistic behavior.” But is Beijing just pressuring foreign manufacturers that have become too attractive to Chinese consumers, at the expense of Chinese firms?

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Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

As pro-Russian militants intensify fighting in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. and European Union have stepped up an ongoing economic and trade war to pressure Moscow to back down. Now what remains to be seen is whether the moves provoke President Vladimir Putin to unleash a wider retaliation—including an energy embargo on European countries heavily reliant on Russian …


There are several ways to track the ups and downs of the value of the U.S. dollar in relation to other currencies around the world. At The Economist magazine, they head down to the nearest McDonald’s and order a Big Mac. And according to the latest reading of the Big Mac Index, the value of the dollar is …

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its global growth forecast for 2014, citing a weaker-than-expected first quarter, particularly in the U.S., and a “less optimistic” outlook for several emerging markets. The global economy will likely expand 3.4 percent this year, a cut of 0.3 percentage points from April’s estimate, but still an improvement from …