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# markets - Sunday 27 November, 2011

Column: If we want to get out of this crisis, we must remember who put us here

The financial markets plunged us into economic meltdown, writes Hugh Torpey – so why are we still listening to them?

# markets - Saturday 26 November, 2011

British government warns embassies to be prepared for euro collapse - report

Diplomats in eurozone countries are being told to be prepared to help expats if the single currency collapses.

# markets - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

Belgium: Things are getting worse by the minute

A Belgian reader emails his take on the latest worrying developments there – and what action the country’s political leaders need to take.

"Disaster" German bond auction sends European markets down

Germany issues €6bn in 10-year bonds – but only €3.8bn were sold, leaving the central bank to step in and buy the rest.

# markets - Thursday 17 November, 2011

Spain in the firing line as borrowing costs hit new highs

The price of borrowing for Spain is approaching the 7 per cent barrier, after both Spain and France struggled with bond auctions.

# markets - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

Monti announces Italian cabinet - and will be his own finance minister

The new Italian cabinet is made up mostly of independent technocrats, and will see Monti double up as PM and finance minister.

Monti set to announce new Italian government

Mario Monti completes two days of tense negotiations, and is set to present his new government to the president this morning.

# markets - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Italian borrowing costs spike again as coalition talks go on

The markets seem nervous about Mario Monti’s attempts to form a government – while a Spanish bond auction also goes badly.

# markets - Monday 14 November, 2011

Concern for France's AAA rating as 10-year bond yields rise

Investors are becoming increasingly concerned about France’s overall debt and deficit levels.

Italy offloads €3bn in bonds after appointment of ‘Super Mario’ Monti

Mario Monti’s designation as prime minister appears to soothe investors, who are lowering the interest rate Italy must pay for loans.

# markets - Sunday 13 November, 2011

Tick tock... All eyes on the euro when markets open on Monday

Will the ECB step in tomorrow or try to wait things out?

# markets - Thursday 10 November, 2011

Cost of Italian borrowing falls

The markets are looking a little better today.

# markets - Tuesday 8 November, 2011

Berlusconi facing crucial vote as fears grow over Italy

A normally procedural vote will be closely scrutinised as Italian borrowing costs hit new highs.

# markets - Saturday 5 November, 2011

Greek prime minister survives confidence vote

George Papandreou has made a pledge to step aside if necessary, and has called for a new coalition government.

# markets - Thursday 3 November, 2011

Surprise! ECB cuts interest rate to 1.25 per cent Cut

Surprise! ECB cuts interest rate to 1.25 per cent

On his first day in the job, ECB president Mario Draghi surprised everyone by cutting the eurozone’s main interest rate.

# markets - Tuesday 1 November, 2011

Column: Confused about what will happen to the euro? Everyone is.

Former trader Nick Leeson speaks to those working at the heart of financial markets and finds that uncertainty and confusion is thwarting a move forward.

Markets drop on Greek referendum 'grenade'

Investors react to news that Greece intends to hold a referendum on its latest bailout agreement, despite the unpopularity of the deal.

# markets - Thursday 27 October, 2011

European markets react positively to Eurozone deal

Shares were up across the continent as trading opened this morning.

# markets - Wednesday 26 October, 2011

Amazon profits nosedive as it takes on Apple in tablet war

The company is selling Kindles at a loss to compete with the iPad – driving its profits down by 73 per cent.

# markets - Monday 17 October, 2011

G20 urges Eurozone leaders to come up with 'comprehensive plan'

A summit of Eurozone leaders next Sunday is expected to be decisive for the long-term economic prospects of the region.

# markets - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Dexia shares plummet over fears of debt exposure - despite government guarantee

Dexia loses a massive chunk of its value, despite moves by both the French and Belgian governments to guarantee its assets.

# markets - Monday 3 October, 2011

Asian markets fall on Greek debt fears as eurozone inflation hits 3 per cent

The eurozone inflation jump suggests the ECB may hold off on cutting interest rates this week.

# markets - Friday 30 September, 2011

Wall Street ends worst quarter since 2008

Global stocks were down today as fears on the global economy show no signs of abating.

European markets open down following Germany's bailout vote

US markets finished in positive territory last night, but a European rally faded – while Asian markets were flat this morning.

# markets - Monday 26 September, 2011

Merkel warns against Greek default - but says 'firewall' is needed

A ‘firewall’ is needed in order to stop Euro members falling like dominoes, Angela Merkel says – though Greece is sustainable for now.

# markets - Friday 23 September, 2011

Stock markets tread water after dire day of heavy losses

European stock markets had recorded sharp gains when they opened, but have since lost them and are broadly flat.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know by 9am: Baby boom for Ireland, Palestine launches bid for statehood, and a case of spontaneous combustion in Galway…

# markets - Thursday 22 September, 2011

US stocks fall on economy fears

More market jitters in the US today as the Dow Jones closes down almost 400 points, while the S&P500 and Nasdaq fall also.

US markets slide despite Fed's $400bn bond investment

The US Federal Reserve announces the purchase of $400bn in 6-year and 30-year bonds, hoping to drive down interest rates.

# markets - Monday 12 September, 2011

ECB spent €14bn on Spanish and Italian bonds last week...

…and its input was virtually worthless, because prices today are pretty much exactly where they were seven days ago.

Markets enter panic mode as fears grow over Greek default

Rumours that Greece may still default have sent markets into a nosedive, as the Euro falls and the cost of borrowing rises.

# markets - Wednesday 7 September, 2011

German court to rule on legality of Greek bailout

A bailout was later agreed for Ireland and Portugal but was it legal under German and EU law? A court decides today.

# markets - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

Markets take a nose dive as bond crisis returns with a bang

Christine Lagarde says there’s a “crisis of confidence”. No kidding: markets are slipping while borrowing costs are back on the up.

# markets - Monday 5 September, 2011

Global markets fall on US and eurozone fears

Concerns over US economic recovery and the eurozone debt crisis are bringing the markets down.

# markets - Tuesday 30 August, 2011

Irish export growth to slow as outlook for key markets dims - NIB

National Irish Bank is less optimistic on Irish export growth as eurozone economies slow down.

# markets - Friday 26 August, 2011

World stocks unsteady ahead of Bernanke speech

World stock markets are unsteady today ahead of a speech by US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in which he will outline whether the Fed will take new steps to help the US economy avoid another recession.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you should know this morning…

# markets - Sunday 21 August, 2011

Israeli stock exchange opens down 3 per cent - and closes positive

If the world’s markets move like the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange did today, it’ll be another few chaotic days for investors…

# markets - Saturday 20 August, 2011

Apple's now worth as much as every Eurozone bank, put together

For a short time yesterday Apple’s market capitalisation was higher than the combined value of every single bank in the Eurozone.