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Markets Nervous as Eurozone Finance Ministers Meet on Greece

Concerns that European finance ministers will again fail to reach an agreement on handing over more bailout cash to Greece weighed on markets Monday. In addition, an election in Spain's Catalonia region that saw separatists gain ground is also adding to global investor worries.

Wall Street Back in Business After Hurricane Sandy Shutdown

The New York Stock Exchange opened on Wednesday -- because it had to open. In a bit of welcome news for fund managers, investors and even the economy, the company that operates the iconic exchange at 11 Wall Street announced it would not extend its trading shutdown to a third day.

Put Your Keys and IDs into Your Mobile Wallet: G&D Has a Plan

Giesecke & Devrient has a big plan to jump-start the mobile wallet revolution: It's SmartTrust Portigo goes beyond a mere transaction tool and aims to be a one-stop gadget that replaces credit cards, keys, ID cards, building and vehicle keys and transportation tickets, too.

Eurozone Unemployment Hits New Record High

Unemployment in the 17-country euro currency bloc hit another record high in May -- 11.1% -- as the crippling financial crisis pushed the continent toward the brink of recession, official figures showed Monday.

This German Woman Has Lived Without Money For 16 Years

As we edge closer to a cashless society, some consumers are quietly challenging the idea of money in the first place -- by giving it up completely. Meet Heidemarie Schwermer, who gave up a cushy career to do just that.

A 'Safe' Way to Lose Money: Why Not to Buy Bonds Now

About a month ago, the Germany government sold $5 billion worth of Eurobonds that paid an average interest rate of -- get this -- negative 0.0122%. That's right: These bonds are guaranteed to lose value. So why did they sell? In a word, it's all about risk.

Cautious Investors Stay Focused on Europe's Woes

Stock markets in Europe traded in fairly narrow ranges Monday as Germany's leader warned that Greece may not get its next batch of bailout cash. Chinese shares surged after authorities pledged to increase bank lending to entrepreneurs. Europe's stumbling efforts to get a handle on its debt crisis remains the focus of interest in the markets.

Poker Champ Pays No Taxes on $8.7 Million

There's Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan. There's the Buffett Rule. But Pius Heinz's All for Me deal is our favorite. Heinz recently won the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, earning $8,715,636 -- tax-free.

Lehman Brothers' First Share Sells for $33,000

While creditors continue to fight over the nearly valueless crumbs of Lehman Brothers, one tiny piece of the investment bank just demonstrated close to a 66,000% return on investment -- as a collectors item: A 50-cent share in the bank was sold at auction Saturday for 24,000 euros -- about $33,000.

Despite a Profit Blip, Ford's Strong Recovery Continues

Are things really that bad at Ford? You'd think so after its third-quarter earnings report drove its share price down sharply. But despite the tough economic conditions Ford faces, the larger story is that the automaker has become very strong, thanks to its focus on a surprisingly simple plan.

Eastern Europe Gets All Shook Up Over '50s-Style Diners

The world's fourth Elvis-themed restaurant is scheduled to open in a mall in Georgia this year. But not in the Peach State in the heart of the Dixie -- the Elvis American Diner is in the Republic of Georgia. Seems that in the former Soviet Union, the King and 1950s Americana are considered pretty nifty.

World's Millionaires Increased By 8.3% in 2010

Millionaires are back. The number of individuals worldwide with $1 million or more in assets aside from their residence grew by 8.3% to 10.9 million in 2010, topping pre-crisis 2007 levels, according to the World Wealth Report released Wednesday.

The U.S. Is Still Tops for Millionaires

When it comes to its population of millionaires, the U.S. still leads the world, but other countries have gained recently, The Boston Consulting Group reports. In particular, the report found a stagnation of wealth growth in developed nations, but rapid wealth growth in the developing world.

Austerity Means a Cloudier Forecast for LDK Solar

LDK Solar has long depended on demand driven by government subsidies from countries such as Germany, Spain and Italy, which makes it vulnerable in this period of European austerity. Trefis has revised its estimates for LDK Solar down -- but still meaningfully above the market price.

Why the European Debt Crisis Is Far From Over

The European debt crisis is back: Portugal is in political turmoil, and may need a major bailout, and Spain may too. But the E.U.'s strong healthy are rebelling against propping up their weaker neighbors. The real issue, though, is that the E.U. hasn't yet addressed the fundamental flaw built into it at the euro's creation.

Japan's Nuke Crisis Revives Call for Safer Reactors

As people in Japan's earthquake-tsunami disaster zone deal with the additional danger of radiation from damaged nuclear reactors, nations across the globe are taking the crisis as a sign that it's time to get more aggressive in their development of safer nuclear power plants.

U.S. National Debt Is Huge, but It's Not a Catastrophe

True, the U.S. national debt is large and it should be reduced at some point, but does a large national debt doom a nation to economic ruin? Only if you believe that nations like Germany, France, and Japan are economic basket cases too.

What Does Chinese Inflation Mean for Americans?

China's economy is clearly in the midst of an inflationary pop. And most American consumers might think that will translate directly to the prices we pay here. But once you put U.S.-China trade in a larger context, it becomes clear that this less likely to be the case.

Investigators Expand Probe into Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) said that prosecutors investigating charges of bribery in Russia have expanded the probe to other regions. The Justice Department and SEC are examining if HP engaged in illegal activities related to deals in Russia, Serbia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Bloomberg News reported. The deals date back to 2000.