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  • Oil prices fall below $107 a barrel

    Oil prices dip on concerns about China's growth. But oil prices are up from $75 a barrel in October.

  • Gold prices high. But gold stocks a bargain.

    Gold prices are still hovering near record territory, but gold mining stocks are at one-year lows. Expecting gold prices to rise, some analysts see gold stocks as a buy. 

  • Europe to Germany: your eurocrisis 'answers' don't work for us

    As prosperous Germany reshapes Europe's fiscal operating system to fit the German doctrine of austerity, questions and warnings are on the rise.

  • A hard landing for China? Six top economists weigh in.

    China's economy grew 8.9 percent last quarter, the slowest pace in 2.5 years, and on Monday Premier Wen Jiabao cut the nation's growth target for 2012 to 7.5 percent, an eight-year low. Worries of a Chinese hard landing, defined as a sharp and sudden deceleration in growth, have gained momentum. However, China has been proactive in its efforts to prevent a hard landing.  It has fine-tuned its policies to curb inflation, boost domestic consumption, and prevent a housing bubble. The Chinese government intervened heavily from 1989 to 1991 to cool its economy, causing real growth in gross domestic product to plunge to 4.1 percent in 1989, from 11.3 percent the previous year. It stepped in again in 1993. And some argue that this time around it's no different, and that the government knows exactly what it is doing. So we asked six top China analysts whether they saw a hard or soft landing scenario and what we should keep an eye on.

  • The Simple Dollar Student loans or house downpayment? Where to spend $25,000.

    Student loans worth $25,000 will start accruing interest in November, but a young couple wants to buy a house in 2013. Should they pay off the student loans or buy a home? See question No. 4 in this reader mailbag.

  • The Daily Reckoning Debt outpacing growth and the case of Japan

    Japan couldn't trick its way out of an economic meltdown, and neither can the US.

  • Tiger Woods returns to form at Pebble Beach

    Tiger Woods had 6 birdies for an opening round of 68 at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It was Tiger Woods' is back at the Pebble Beach celebrity event for the first time in a decade.

  • Doubts mount as Europe struggles with next steps in euro crisis

    Doubts mount as Europe struggles with next steps in euro crisis

    European stocks as well as the euro dropped as optimism from last week's euro crisis summit yielded to tough questions about the EU's ability to avert fresh crises.

  • As euro reels, France and Germany push to rewrite the rules

    As euro reels, France and Germany push to rewrite the rules

    France and Germany agreed on a joint strategy to stem the European debt crisis: Rewrite the treaties that govern the eurozone.

  • Markets tumble on China manufacturing data

    Markets tumble on China manufacturing data

    China's manufacturing sector marked its biggest fall in three years amid eurozone woes and a weak US economy. But China appears unlikely to focus on boosting domestic consumption, which could help other countries.