Monitor staff writers and correspondents in each of the world's regions share what they expect to be top headlines in 2011.
Bond market unsettled by worries over Spain and Portugal, but Germany rejects broader rescue efforts.
Currency exchange rates have taken center stage in financial markets, prompting investors to worry that nations will try devaluation as a way to bolster exports. The IMF's annual meeting is Friday in Washington.
Stock market sentiment improves around the globe as central bankers agree to boost banks' reserves.
This weekend's G20 summit pits President Obama's stimulus efforts against European calls for austerity budgets in what is shaping up as an economic clash of civilizations.
Investors are wracked by uncertainty. Might Greece still default on its debt? Might Germans pull back financial support? Which country might be next? The questions are unsettling stock prices.
The Greece debt crisis, which is still subject to German parliamentary approval and may be challenged in court, is putting unsustainable stress on the European Central Bank, some analysts say.
France, Italy, and Germany are at loggerheads over a possible Greece bailout ahead of what was to be a routine EU summit this Thursday. Greece has threatened to go to the IMF if the EU can't help with the crisis.
European Union (EU) leaders promised on Thursday that they stand waiting to help debt-laden Greece, if needed. But the euro declined as investors worried about the lack of a clear commitment to a bailout package.