TOKYO— Japan's vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. Much of the increase stems from a 2 percentage point increase in Japan's sales tax in April, which has since sapped much of the steam from the country's economic recovery.» Read More
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
New rules allow anyone to demand that Web sites and service providers remove content considered objectionable. The NYT reports.
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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