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  • Sotheby's staff carry away the Edouard Manet painting entitled 'Portrait De Manet Par Lui-Meme, en Buste' (Manet A La Palette) ('Self-Portrait with a Palette') after it was auctioned at Sotheby's in London on June 22, 2010 where it fetched 20,000,000GBP.

    The art market defied the economic gloom to return 11 per cent to investors in 2011, outpacing stock market returns for a second consecutive year.

  • Impact of Wage Increases on Chinese SMEs

    Kelvin Lau, Senior Economist, Global Research, Standard Chartered discusses the rise in the minimum wage in China, and the impact that it may have on smaller businesses.

  • Purchasing managers indexes (PMI) for China and India released in the past week, showed that both economies experienced a rebound in the manufacturing and services sectors in December, but according to a number of analysts, it's too premature to call a turning point for the two countries or the broader Asian region.

  • Is China's Growth Slowing?

    CNBC's Seema Mody has the update on Chinese markets, and a look at the best way to invest in a slow-growth China, with Joe Lavorgna, Deutsche Bank, CNBC's Amanda Drury; Tim Seymour, Emergingmoney.com; and Brian Kelly, Shelter Harbor Capital.

  • Playing Emerging Markets

    China and the emerging markets continue to be a major focus for investors in 2012, with Tim Seymour, "Trading the Globe" host.

  • Tehran, Iran

    Oil prices could spiral out of control and potentially herald deeper economic hardship for Europe if the European Union joins the US in banning Iranian oil imports, analysts warned on Friday.

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    The flight to safe havens in the latter part of 2011 hurt emerging market equities, but strategists believe it may be time to pick up some devalued emerging market stocks.

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    Land sales slowed sharply in China last year, according to a series of industry reports that highlight the deepening woes of debt-laden local governments that depend on land auctions as a crucial revenue source.

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    A French bond sale fails to lift the euro, and the dollar is edging up - it's time for your FX Fix.

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    Any European embargo of oil imports from Iran would have a direct effect not just on Iran, but also on the most prominent consumers of Iranian oil and refiners in the Mediterranean, according to a series of recent reports.

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    Multi-billion dollar corruption in India and a whopping 36 percent cut in the salary for Singapore's prime minister have once again raised the question: How much should politicians be paid?

  • China's Export-Led Slowdown

    Tim Condon, Chief Economist, Asia, Head of Research, Asia, ING Financial Markets, says China is experiencing an export-led slowdown of electronics, and that China might suffer a year of slow economic growth.

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    China is poised to unveil measures to bolster the country’s nascent short-selling industry in an effort to deepen its capital markets, according to securities officials and fund managers. The Financial Times reports.

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    By several measures, Asian currencies are bargains - but be careful.

  • A woman surfs the internet on a laptop computer at a wireless cafe in Beijing, China.

    China's top economic planners removed the auto industry from its list of industries in which foreign investment is encouraged. Caixin reports.

  • Three Gorges Dam, Yangtze River, China

    As China’s state-owned enterprises expand across the globe, few are leaving a more indelible mark than Sinohydro. Although hardly a household name, the infrastructure group has built more than half the dams in China and is increasingly active overseas, with projects in 55 countries from Africa to South America. The FT reports.

  • Chinese movie-goers wear 3-D glasses

    President Hu Jintao has said China must strengthen its cultural production to defend against the West’s assault on the country’s culture and ideology, according to an essay in a Communist Party policy magazine published this week. The publication of Mr. Hu’s words signaled that a new major policy initiative announced in October would continue well into 2012.

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    China has banned advertisements during dramas and movies on television in the Communist party’s latest move to assert control over the country’s increasingly commercial media industry. The FT reports.

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    The risk of a break-up of the euro zone is “vastly overplayed” and a collapse of the single currency area is out of the question, Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group told CNBC on Tuesday.

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    Good news lifts the euro, but hedge funds aren't so sure - it's time for your FX Fix.