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  • Swiss Francs

    As the Swiss National Bank (SNB) gets ready to meet on Wednesday, a number of analysts say the central bank has few choices to try and stem the franc's recent rise.

  • Hang Seng Index to Drop Below 18,000: Expert Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 1:15 AM ET

    Now is not the right time to buy Hong Kong stocks, says one expert, who predicts the benchmark Hang Seng Index will fall below 18,000 in the near future, given global economic uncertainties.

  • Aussie Dollar Bets Rest on Rate Hike View Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 10:42 PM ET

    The Australian dollar is trading at record highs but whether the currency will keep its momentum going depends crucially on whether the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) raises interest rates in the coming months.

  • China Property Shares to End Year 20% Lower: Pro Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 1:39 AM ET

    Shares of Chinese property heavyweights that significantly outperformed in the first half of the year could lose as much as a fifth of their value from now until the end of 2011, says one analyst.

  • The US Needs a Recession: Economist Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 3:48 AM ET

    The trillions of dollars the Federal Reserve has thrown at the U.S. economy has done little to lift the country out of its doldrums; unemployment remains high, consumer spending weak and the housing sector looks set for a double dip.

  • Simon Grose-Hodge of LGT Bank Singapore recommends buying Chinese bank and property stocks at their current prices.

    As stronger than expected second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) numbers from China quell fears of the country's growth slowing down, one analyst says now is the time to invest in China's "consumer story" with banking and property stocks attractively priced.

  • Deflation is on the rise if the public sector doesn't inject money into economies, says Victor Shvets of Samsung Securities.

    Despite concerns about global inflation, Victor Shvets, managing director and head of research and strategy at Samsung Securities Asia, says deflationary pressures are on the rise due to the deleveraging of the private sector.

  • Japan Stocks to Benefit From US Recovery: Pro Monday, 4 Jul 2011 | 1:08 AM ET
    Ben Collett of Louis Capital Markets says large-cap Japanese stocks will make gains in the second half the year.

    Japanese stocks rallied on Monday with the Nikkei hitting 10,000 points for the first time in two months after better than expected U.S. manufacturing data, and according to one analyst, large-cap Japanese stocks are still cheap and will rally even further as the U.S. economy recovers.

  • Bet on Risk as Silver Linings Emerge: Strategist Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 | 3:09 AM ET
    Car Manufacturing

    Investors have been growing gloomier about a rebound for the U.S. economy for the second half of 2011. But one strategist says despite the likelihood of weak data over the next few weeks, he's already seeing the first signs of an economic turnaround, which in turn will boost risk assets.

  • End of Fed Easing is No Big Deal for Asia: HSBC Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 11:07 PM ET
    An employee of Nissan Motor Company works on the assembly line at Nissan's Global Production Engineering Center (GPEC) on May 29, 2007 in Zama, Japan. The GPEC in Zama City is one of several training and development centres established by Nissan in order to train Nissan?s global manufacturing employees to become experts in the 'Nissan Production Way'; improving technology and production efficiency worldwide.

    The end of the Federal Reserve’s second round of quantitative easing this week will have little impact on Asia as the highly accommodative monetary policies in the region mean there's likely to be plenty of liquidity to support economies, according to HSBC.

  • IEA Move Seen as 'Teasing,' Not Easing: Analyst Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 12:24 AM ET
    John Licata of Blue Phoenix says the IEA's plan to add more oil to the market is a short-term fix to bring oil prices lower.

    A decision last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to release an additional 60 million barrels of oil into the market should be considered quantitative “teasing” than easing, because the move is short-lived, says one analyst.

  • Indonesia's Steady Growth to Speed Up: Analyst Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 3:04 AM ET
    Heavy morning traffic, Thamrin Street, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Indonesia hasn't enjoyed the red-hot growth seen in China and India in recent years. But with policymakers in those two countries having a tough time balancing runaway growth and inflation, many economists and investors are turning more bullish on Indonesia.

  • Further Easing 'Lethal Cocktail' for Bonds: Expert Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 2:27 AM ET

    The worse-than-expected U.S. jobs report for May has increased speculation that that the Federal Reserve may be forced to embark on a third round of quantitative easing once the second round winds down at the end of this month. However, most experts think it is too soon to be talking about QE3.

  • Australia’s leisure industry is being buffeted from two sides because of a strong currency, as domestic travelers head abroad for cheaper holidays, and international travelers find Australia more expensive to visit.

  • In China, Art Is Making a Commercial Statement Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 2:14 AM ET
    An employee examines football boots at the final check of the factory of German sporting-goods maker Adidas AG in Scheinfeld, Germany.

    To reach the huge under-30 market in China, advertisers are turning to the country’s young artists, musicians and designers to make companies’ brands cool. The NYT reports.

  • Singapore's Fast Growth Creating Rich-Poor Divide? Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 9:03 PM ET

    Singapore, which goes to the polls on Saturday,  has been seeing double-digit growth, but the widening gap between the rich and poor is becoming a major election issue.

  • Passers by are reflected on the logo of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) outside its headquarters in Mumbai on January 29, 2010. India's central bank kept interest rates on hold Friday but moved to drain liquidity from the banking system in a bid to tame surging inflation without hurting economic recovery. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) boosted its cash reserve ratio -- the sum commercial banks keep on deposit -- by a higher-than-expected 75 basis points to 5.75 percent in what it said was a bi

    Investment banks are scrambling to raise their estimates on how much further India's central bank will raise interest rates following a surprise 50 basis point (bps) increase on Tuesday.

  • India's Double Whammy: Slower Growth, Higher Inflation Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 12:55 AM ET
    An Indian stock broker watches his computer screen at brokerage company at the Mumbai Stock Exchange.

    There are dark clouds on the horizon for India's economy, say analysts who forecast GDP growth to fall below 8 percent thanks to high inflation, which has prompted the Reserve Bank of India to raise interest rates by over 200 basis points over the past one year.

  • India Puts Tight Leash on Internet Free Speech Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 10:43 PM ET

    New rules allow anyone to demand that Web sites and service providers remove content considered objectionable.  The NYT reports.

  • For Many Chinese, New Wealth and a Fresh Face Sunday, 24 Apr 2011 | 7:28 PM ET

    The breathtaking pace of transformation for upwardly mobile Chinese now extends to faces, as cosmetic and plastic surgery becomes a more widespread expenditure. The NYT reports.

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