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  • Where Are the Investors? Turnover in Asia Plunges Monday, 14 May 2012 | 10:58 PM ET
    Hong Kong Stock Exchange

    Trading, measured by the turnover in Hong Kong and Singapore equities, fell in the first four months of the year on concerns over Europe’s debt crisis and as investors seek alternative investments to stocks after recent corporate scandals and the 2008 global financial crisis.

  • Why China's Slowdown Could Be Good for US, Europe Monday, 14 May 2012 | 2:48 AM ET
    Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center, in Shanghai.

    China’s economy may be on track to grow at its slowest pace in a decade, but there’s a silver lining to this: lower commodity and oil prices may actually benefit the U.S. and Europe, just when they most need it.

  • Aussie Bulls Not Giving Up Despite Currency Slide Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 11:43 PM ET

    The Australian dollar may be at a five-month low as China’s growth slowed and lower interest rates reduced the appeal of the currency, but Aussie bulls aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.

  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange

    Hong Kong, the hottest initial public offering (IPO) market in the world in 2011, has seen a precipitous slowdown in listings because of market uncertainty and low valuations.

  • Delivering on Surplus Promise Daunting Task for Australia Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 12:42 AM ET
    Australian Flag

    The Australian government has promised to return the nation’s budget to a surplus of A$1.5 billion ($1.53 billion) as early as the next financial year, but a ratings agency, an analyst, and the opposition party told CNBC on Wednesday that it may not be easy for it to keep its word.

  • Euro coins

    The euro, which fell to its lowest level in more than three months on Monday after elections in France and Greece saw voters rejecting pro-bailout policies, is likely to drop further, say analysts, unless the new governments continue with austerity measures to reduce their debt burden.

  • Flooded containers in Klong Luang on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.

    Hundreds died and businesses lost billion in last year's floods, caused in part by overflow from dams filled to hedge against drought. This year, Thailand is testing different prevention measures. The CSM reports.

  • Asia Growth Momentum Intact, No Stimulus Needed: ADB Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 | 9:30 PM ET
    People walk on a busy street in Quiapo on October 28, 2011 in Manila, Philippines. The United Nations today released their 2011 State of the World Population Report, which indicates Asia is home to 60 per cent of the world's population. The Philippines has a young population, with 54 per cent of the population under 25.

    Developing Asia will maintain its growth momentum over the next couple of years despite weak global demand, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which forecasts growth to ease to 6.9 percent in 2012 from last year’s 7.2 percent before reaccelerating to 7.3 percent in 2013.

  • Earnings Optimism to Take Japan Markets Higher Sunday, 1 Apr 2012 | 7:00 PM ET
    Tokyo stock screens

    Japan’s stock market, one of the biggest laggards in Asia last year, logged its best first-quarter performance in over two decades, and investment strategists say optimism over corporate earnings will drive the country’s stocks even higher as supply chain constraints caused by the Thai floods ease.

  • Supporters of Presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hold a poster showing their idol on June 27, 2004 during a large rally in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Tens of thousands of Indonesian supporters came to the rally the last one in Jakarta before voters go to the polls on July 5.

    Indonesia's recent policy measures, like capping foreign ownership in mines, has not gone down well with investors and the policy uncertainty is going to continue, says one expert as Southeast Asia's largest economy prepares for elections in 2014.

  • China Offers Other Brics Renminbi Loans Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 5:59 PM ET
    Figurines of manual workers pushing Chinese coins on push carts.

    China intends to extend renminbi loans to other Brics nations, in another step towards the internationalization of its currency. The FT reports.

  • Japan’s Economy Going Into Trauma: Expert Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 5:02 AM ET

    The Japanese economy is headed for a major trauma given its high government debt, ongoing deflation and aging population, says Russell Jones, Global Head of Fixed Income Strategy at Australia's Westpac Institutional Bank.

  • The Japanese yen, which hit a nine-month low this week, is set to record its sharpest fall in two years on Wednesday, but one currency strategist believes this weakening trend is going to reverse, forecasting dollar-yen to strengthen to 75 over the next three months.

  • G20 Says to Europe 'Show Us the Money' Sunday, 26 Feb 2012 | 6:31 PM ET
    Euros at an angle

    Leading economies told Europe it must put up extra money to fight its debt crisis if it wants more help from the rest of the world, piling pressure on Germany to drop its opposition to a bigger European bailout.

  • Private Equity Firm Bets on Asia’s Frontier Markets Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 11:29 PM ET
    Golden Sule Pagoda, Rangoon, Myanmar

    As investors chase yields by investing in high growth emerging markets, private equity firm Leopard Capital is looking beyond traditional economic powerhouses like China and India, to less talked about frontier markets including Myanmar, Bangladesh and Cambodia based on their future growth potential.

  • Trade Deficit Will Prove to Be Good for Japanese Stocks Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 12:48 AM ET
    Tokyo stock screens

    Japan’s trade deficit surged to a record high in January underscoring the grim outlook for the world’s third largest economy. However, equity strategists believe the weak economic data will compel the Bank of Japan to further expand its asset purchase program, offering a boost to the country’s undervalued stocks.

  • Singapore Budget to Focus on Infrastructure, Poor Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 8:30 PM ET

    Singapore is expected to use its Feb 17 budget to help its citizens cope with rising costs through grants and one-time payments, but businesses are set to face new measures making it harder to hire cheap foreign workers.

  • Crowds crossing the famous Shibuya Crossing intersection at the centre of Shibuya's fashionable shopping and entertainment district, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

    Japan's economy shrank a bigger-than-expected 0.6 percent in October-December, hurt by slowing global growth, Thai floods and a strong yen, casting doubt about expectations that  growth will resume this quarter as Europe's debt crisis clouds the outlook.

  • An auto rickshaw or tuk tuk drives along a street in Bangkok on January 13, 2009. The tuk-tuk, so-called because of the noise it makes when it starts, has been adopted as a Thai symbol, it actually originates in Japan. The motorized version reached Thailand in 1959, and after a few technical and aesthetic modifications, it became the colourful, open-air vehicle seen careering across Thailand today.

    Thailand’s economy has the potential to grow at 7 percent in 2012, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Kittirat Na-Ranong, told CNBC Friday. He added that the billions being spent this year on post-flood reconstruction projects would help boost the economy.

  • Does Asia's PMI Data Signal a Rebound? Sunday, 8 Jan 2012 | 5:53 PM ET

    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.

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