Buffett Warns That Euro Faces a 'Real Challenge'

The euro has posted its biggest quarterly gain in eight years, but billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett is worried about Europe's common currency. Despite the E.U.'s trillion-dollar bailout fund, he's not sure the Continent will be able to avert a sovereign debt meltdown.

Safe Haven No More: Swiss Franc Headed for Trouble

The Swiss franc has been the second-best performing major currency over the past six months, outpacing the dollar by 8.9% and the euro by 7.8%, thanks to shaky conditions elsewhere in Europe. But a broad range of signs suggest the Swiss currency is due for at least a short-term correction.

Reading the VIX: What the 'Fear Index' Is Saying Now

After spiking in May on dismay over Eurozone debt anxiety, the VIX has been trending generally downward, with any jumps being only short-lived. Another jump just occurred. The thing to watch now is if the VIX follows this recent pattern -- or not.

What the U.S. Could Learn from Europe's Recovery

Beyond Europe's debt crisis and difficulties with the euro, the region's underlying economy -- which has been much less involved with financial gimmicks than its American counterpart -- tends to be more stable than it's generally given credit for.

Moody's Cuts Portugal's Rating as Debt Soars

Portugal, one of the countries at the heart of the European debt crisis, had its bonds downgraded by Moody's Investors Services Tuesday. The ratings agency warned that the Lisbon government's financial strength will continue to weaken because of heavy indebtedness.

European Central Bank Keeps Rates Low

It may be because of the slowing European economy, the drive for austerity by the continent's national governments, or planned tax increases. But whatever the reasons, the European Central Bank said Thursday it would hold its benchmark interest rate steady at 1%.

Want a Stronger Recovery? Learn From Europe

After the U.S. spent trillions to prop up reckless banks and spark a recovery, growth and employment are anemic -- while bankers rake in ever-bigger bonuses. Germany's recovery, meanwhile, seems stronger and more durable. And even Greece is in a better situation than the U.S.

Soros: German Budget Cuts Could Cause Euro Failure

Ahead of the G-20 summit in Toronto this weekend, billionaire investor George Soros is warning that Germany's policy of fiscal austerity is a danger to Europe that could destroy the euro and fracture the European Union.

European Central Bank President Trichet Warns EU Budget Slackers

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet issued a warning to EU member nations Monday, telling them that there will be penalties for countries that fail to follow the financial guidelines defined by the EU. Those penalties could include the loss of voting rights.

Weaker Euro Boosts Eurozone Exports

While most investors and analysts are focusing on the downsides of Europe's austerity moves and the euro's decline, they're missing the big upside: Exports are up, and a weaker euro should propel them higher, offsetting the dampened demand that will result from those unavoidable budget cuts.

'The Eurozone
Is Not Going
to Fall Apart'

Ian Bremmer, author of The End of The Free Market, sees stern challenges ahead for Europe, but he thinks fears of the eurozone's dismantling are "overblown." He explains why in this video Q&A.

China Says It Won't Bail on Europe; Stocks Soar

China's denial that it was rethinking the viability of its investments in eurozone bonds led to a collective sigh of relief around the world and sent stocks soaring on Thursday. But don't be fooled: Europe's gain might come at the expense of the U.S.

Oil Plunges on Worries Over Europe

In the last two days, oil has fallen below $70 after trading at $89.77 just two weeks ago. The extraordinary reverse comes just weeks after several brokerage houses said it would go over $95 in 2010. But worries over Europe are likely to keep weighing on oil prices.

Euro Woes Are Blinding Investors to Opportunities

Just a few months ago, the currency everyone loved to hate was the dollar. Now, the euro is feeling the heat of short-sellers and pessimists. But the gloom around Europe's common currency is seriously overblown.

As the Dollar Rises, Expect U.S. Stocks to Fall

Investment expert Peter Cohan is watching the how investors respond to the situation in the eurozone carefully now, because he's concluded that lately, when investors sell euros and buy dollars, U.S. stocks go down. Why? Allow him to explain.

Beyond the Rescue, Signs of a European Rebound Mount

On Sunday, EU policymakers unveiled a trillion dollar European rescue plan that calmed the world's fears of a sovereign debt crisis. And suddenly, investors noticed that Europe's economies are already bouncing back.

Big Banks Could Be Heroes in the Greek Debt Crisis

Amid the turmoil of Europe's Greek debt crisis, investors may find an unlikely source of relief. Big private banks are playing a more supportive and decisive role, providing solutions that sidestep the political gridlock.

Exposed: The Eurozone's Key Flaws

Beneath the celebration of Greece's "rescue" lie structural imbalances -- fundamental asymmetries that imperil the euro, the joint currency that has been the centerpiece of European unity since its introduction in 1999. The key imbalance is between export powerhouse Germany, which generates huge trade surpluses, and its trading partners, which run large trade and budget deficits, particularly Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain.

Greece Bows to E.U. Pressure

Bowing to pressure from the E.U., Greece has announced new austerity measures. The country is gambling that the new cuts will encourage nations in the eurozone to back loans to Greece from their state-owned backs.

Three Greek Stocks That Could Snap Back Huge

When fears of the Greek default doomsday scenario abate, the Hellenic stocks that were irrationally pummeled during the panic will rebound - some more than others. Here are three strong buying opportunities for investors willing to take medium risks for large gains.