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  • Australian Notes - Mixed

    The Australian dollar carry trade, popular among investors to cash in on the interest rate differential between countries, is losing its appeal following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) interest rate cut, say forex strategists, who expect further policy easing by the central bank this year.

  • Australian Consumer Sector Demands Hefty Rate Cut

    Simon Burge, CIO, ATI Asset Management says certain sectors like home builders and retailers are expecting a 50 basis point rate cut from the RBA given the underlying weakness in the domestic consumer market.

  • Australian Notes - Mixed

    The Aussie dollar surged on Thursday, rising one percent versus the U.S. dollar on strong jobs data, but one strategist is calling for a sharp correction - forecasting the currency will fall as low as 70 cents against the greenback over the longer-term.

  • Beijing, China

    With a bearish outlook on the Chinese economy, this analyst says his strategy is to stay short of the Aussie dollar.

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    Globally central banks are increasingly diversifying their foreign exchange reserves away from the U.S. dollar and the euro, according to latest data from the IMF’s Currency Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves (COFER), and forex analysts tell CNBC the Australian dollar could be among the main beneficiaries.

  • As we approach the latest projected doomsday (Dec. 21, 2012) the end of the world is getting to be quite popular. Google “doomsday” and you will find a lot of websites with black backgrounds and urgent red lettering.  Emergency bunker sales are up, according to the claims on these sites. Then there are the new reality TV shows, “Doomsday Preppers” and “Doomsday Bunkers.” All beg the question, where would you go to “bug out”? A mountaintop, inside a mountain, underground, in a fortress, or is the

    The end of the world is getting to be quite popular. Where would you go to "bug out?" Check out some stylish and genteel ways to hide from to possible future widespread problems.

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    Diamonds are an attractive option for investors looking to diversify portfolios because they don't move in relation with other assets such as commodities and stocks, according to David Riedel, President of equity research firm Riedel Research Group.

  • The Australian stock market has been trapped in an investment-numbing sideways trend for the past six months. But chart pattern anaysis shows that a breakout for the S&P ASX 200 is imminent, with the next target at 4,700.

  • A coal dredger tears coal from the face of the Loy Yang Open Cut coal mine in the Latrobe Valley, 150km east of Melbourne on August 13, 2009.

    Investors have been spooked in recent weeks by a slowdown in growth in China and the impact that could have on Australia's resources sector. But according to one economist, Australia's commodities sector will continue to do well and could actually benefit from a pick-up in economic growth in Asia in the second half of 2012.

  • News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch looks down as he leaves the One Aldwych Hotel surrounded by his personal security team to speak with reporters after meeting with the family of murdered school girl Milly Dowler on July 15, 2011 in London, England.

    Rupert Murdoch’s embattled media empire found itself facing fresh controversy on Wednesday, after an Australian newspaper published an investigative report alleging that News Corp. had engaged a special unit in the mid-1990s to sabotage its competitors, leading the Australian government to call for a criminal investigation into the claims.

  • Low-cost airline Jetstar Pacific taxiing at Hanoi's Noi Bai international airport.

    Qantas’ planned joint venture with China Eastern Airlines could run into regulatory headwinds in Hong Kong, according to an expert on aviation policy but the airline says it's confident of getting approval.

  • Aerial of iron ore ships at Port Hedland.

    BHP Billiton, the world's largest miner said Tuesday that it sees iron ore demand from top consumer China flattening, but one expert forecasts iron ore prices to rise this year and recommends picking up BHP shares.

  • Australia's parliament passed laws for a new 30 percent tax on iron ore and coal mine profits on Tuesday, amid a swathe of opposition that claims the tax is unfair, will not deliver the profits the government is seeking and worst of all, deter investment in Australia's mining industry. However, one expert told CNBC these fears were overblown.

  • Colin Barnett, premier of Western Australia, speaks during a conference.

    Colin Barnett, Premier of resource-rich Western Australia told CNBC on Friday that the federal government's mining tax is unfair and unconstitutional.

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    The Australian workplace is changing, as businesses employ more cost effective part-time workers, according to a new report by IBISWorld. The study shows over the past five years, flexible employment has risen 2.8 percent a year, much faster than full-time job growth of 1.5 percent.

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    Australia's QBE Insurance posted a 45 percent fall in full-year net profit after unprecedented weather events in 2011 sent claims soaring, hurting the insurer's bottom line.

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    Australian building products maker James Hardie Industries posted third-quarter profit below forecasts and gave a downbeat outlook, saying there were few signs of sustainable recovery in the key U.S. housing market.

  • Investors are set to increase their exposure to commodities in 2012, according to an annual survey by Barclay’s Capital, with 56 percent of those surveyed saying they will initiate or ramp up commodity investments over the next three years, compared to 45 percent last year.

  • Opposition Attacks to Follow Aussie Vote

    Following Julia Gillard's victory of a leadership vote by the ruling Labor Party, Colin Chapman, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Stratfor, says the prime minister will continue to face more opposition attacks.

  • Vladimir Putin

    NY Times reports that  Mr. Putin, who grew up in a hardscrabble Soviet housing block, has spent more than a decade in a byzantine world of petitioners and servants. Now, in the year he turns 60, he will face his biggest challenge: coming to grips with a society that has greatly changed under his watch, while he has remained essentially the same.