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  • Asia Stocks End Mixed, Nikkei Underperforms Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 1:28 AM ET

    Japan's Nikkei breached the 11,0000 mark briefly as the yen continued to weaken.

  • FSA Suggests Libor Should Be Scrapped Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 6:42 AM ET

    The City watchdog will on Friday fire the starting shot on a dramatic overhaul of key benchmark borrowing rates with a package of proposals designed to restore trust following the recent Libor scandal, the Financial Times reports.

  • Hedge Funds Stay Defensive Despite Rally Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 2:24 AM ET

    Hedge funds remain ­cautious and defensive after largely sitting out the rally in the US stock market since the start of June, ­contributing to the lowest US stock market trading volumes since 2007, the FT reports.

  • The Achilles Heel of America’s Financial System Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 2:27 AM ET
    NYSE traders

    What is the weakest link in America’s financial system today? That is not a question many have asked recently. After all, US banks look pretty healthy these days, at least relative to the horrors of eurozone banks. And the unfolding Libor saga has dominated much of the political debate and regulatory attention. The FT reports.

  • Business Leaders Put UK on Olympic Trial Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 6:22 AM ET
    It's a big world out there and gone are the days when investors could keep their money at home and take it to the bank. Experts say every portfolio should have some international exposure, from stocks to bonds to currencies, and in most cases the more diversified the better. So you can guy a piece of the UK, Russia, Thailand, Brazil and Australia. And there's no shortage of ways to travel abroad: mutual funds, ETFs, currencies, ADRs, American Depository Receipts, which are dollar-denominated sec

    The world’s top business leaders are using their visit to the London Olympics to raise tough questions about the coalition’s management of Britain’s stagnant economy and the country’s vulnerability to a euro break-up, the Financial Times reports.

  • Schäuble View on Euro Zone at Odds With US Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 5:46 AM ET

    Germany’s finance minister ruled out making more concessions to help Greece, on the eve of talks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who has urged euro zone leaders to act, the FT reports.

  • Pork and Chicken Set to Join Luxury List Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 8:31 PM ET
    Packaged minced pork sold in supermarkets

    Pork and chicken will join beef on the menu of expensive meats as drought and US ethanol policy combine in a corn “disaster”, the head of the world’s largest pork producer has said. The FT reports.

  • Bailout Jitters Fail to Rock German Bunds Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 2:45 AM ET

    Germany’s borrowing costs may be below those of the US – that safest of havens – but that has not spared Berlin from being given a negative outlook by Moody’s, the credit rating agency, the Financial Times reports.

  • Indonesia Must Not Put Good Fortune to the Test Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 7:37 PM ET
    Pedestrians cross a street in Jakarta's modern business district.

    When Jakarta-based Saratoga Capital sought to raise $400 million for its new private equity fund in recent months, investors generously offered $1.3 billion instead. Brazil has slowed dramatically, China continues to look weak despite interest rate and reserve requirement cuts, India’s growth has fallen to multiyear lows and Russia remains dependent on volatile oil prices for its prosperity.

  • News Corp Stock Off Lows as Hacking Scandal Unfolds Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 2:59 PM ET
    News Corp

    News Corp stock is slipping ever so slightly on low volume following the announcement that criminal charges have been brought against eight key figures in the never-ending phone hacking scandal, Yahoo Finance reports.

  • Global Firms in China Upbeat on Hiring: Hudson Survey Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 5:34 AM ET

    This may not be the best time to look for a job, but in China employment prospects seem bright with multinational corporations (MNCs) looking to increase staff even as the global economic uncertainty forces firms across Asia to hold back, says a survey published Tuesday.

  • Romney Shifts Focus to Foreign Policy Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 3:55 AM ET

    After three months of relentless attention on the economy, Mitt Romney will shift the focus of his campaign this week to foreign policy with a major speech and an overseas trip to three countries, the Financial Times reports.

  • 'No Silver Bullet' to End City Myopia Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 3:34 AM ET

    Bold plans to sweep away a culture of short-termism in the City, which has been blamed for undermining company performance and reducing investor returns, will prove difficult to enact, some company bosses and asset managers warned. The Financial Times reports.

  • We Have Entered the World of Disaster Economics Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 8:32 PM ET
    Savings Bonds

    Are the bond markets going mad? It is a question that many investors might ask. For as anxiety has erupted in the eurozone, something striking has occurred with respect to US Treasuries and German Bunds.

  • Luxury Retail Boom in China Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 4:28 PM ET
    Two women look at a jewelry display in a luxury shopping mall in Shanghai. Following in the footsteps of Japan, China has become the world's second-largest consumer of high-end fashion, accessories and luxury goods.

    As the Chinese boom slows Hermes, Remy and other posh names are still going full throttle in Asia.

  • Tax to Double for French With 4 Million Euros Assets Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 4:12 AM ET
    France

    French residents with assets valued above 4 million euros ($4.9 million) will pay more than double what they had expected in wealth taxes this year, after the country’s parliament voted through an emergency measure to raise €2.3bn for the cash-strapped government, the Financial Times reports.

  • World Braced for New Food Crisis Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 3:46 AM ET

    The world is facing a new food crisis as the worst US drought in more than 50 years pushes agricultural commodity prices to record highs.

  • Gross Returns to Form as Flagship ETF Doubles Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 8:38 PM ET
    Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO)

    Pimco has doubled the size of its flagship exchange traded fund in less than two months, hitting $2 billion in assets as performance of the Total Return Fund ETF outpaces the far larger mutual fund on which it is based. The FT reports.

  • Culture Clutch: Museum of the Handbag Opens in Seoul Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 11:37 AM ET

    In a testament to its power as symbol of status and wealth, the high-end handbag gets its own museum in a bag-shaped temple in Seoul.

  • Sicily Default Fears Add to Monti’s Woes Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 1:35 AM ET

    Mario Monti has expressed “serious concerns” that Sicily’s regional government is heading towards default and has asked its governor – who is under investigation for suspected links to the Mafia – to confirm his intention to resign. The FT reports.