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  • Betting on Yen to Fall Further? Think Again Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    The yen fell to a two-year low on Thursday, continuing its rapid downtrend that started in the middle of last month. But analysts warn that the yen could end up firmer by the end of 2013 as the Federal Reserve will stay ahead of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) in monetary easing, which means the dollar will fall at a more rapid pace.

  • Geithner Warns US to Hit Debt Ceiling Monday Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | 4:40 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday notified Congress that the U.S. is going to hit the debt ceiling on New Year's Eve.

  • Samsung Seeks US Sales Ban on Ericsson Products Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012 | 9:37 PM ET

    Samsung Electronics said on Wednesday it had filed a complaint against Ericsson with the U.S. International Trade Commission, requesting a U.S. import ban and sales ban on some of the Swedish telecoms equipment maker's products.

  • Why Japan's Nikkei Could Rally 30% Next Year: CEO Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012 | 6:53 PM ET

    Japan's Nikkei stock average could rally nearly 30 percent in 2013 due to an aggressive push to reflate the economy under the country's new premier, the chief executive of Daiwa Securities Group told Reuters.

  • Will the Bank of England Ditch Its Inflation Target? Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012 | 6:29 AM ET
    Incoming Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

    The Bank of England that Mark Carney will inherit in July is uncertain of its next steps, and the U.K.'s economic outlook does not appear to be getting any better.

  • India, Russia Seal Defense Deals; Hail Partnership Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 6:51 PM ET

    India agreed to buy dozens of Russian military helicopters and fighter jet assembly kits at a summit on Monday, underlining the resilience of ties between the long-time allies despite New Delhi's recent moves to diversify its arms suppliers.

  • The actions of the next several days could determine whether the U.S. economy's improvement continues or hits the "fiscal cliff."

  • Silvio Berlusconi

    Former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, who is preparing to make a comeback in elections due in February 2013, has hinted at a conspiracy that toppled his government in November last year.

  • Why Politics Could Spring a Nasty Surprise in 2013 Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 2:19 AM ET

    This has been “an exceptionally political year," starting with the problems of the euro zone and concluding with all eyes on Washington as the U.S. teetered atop the “fiscal cliff."

  • Italy's Monti Opens Door to Seeking New Term Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 1:57 AM ET
    Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti.

    Two days after stepping down, Mario Monti announced on Sunday he would consider seeking a second term as Italian prime minister if approached by allies committed to backing his austere brand of reforms.

  • The Most Successful Hedge Fund Bet in 2 Years Sunday, 23 Dec 2012 | 6:36 AM ET

    This week, Daniel Loeb, one of Wall Street's most successful investors, scooped up a $500 million windfall for his clients in a bond buyback deal with the Greek government. The FT reports.

  • Stop-Gap Fix Most Likely Outcome of US Fiscal Talks Sunday, 23 Dec 2012 | 6:07 AM ET
    Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, R-OH, speaks to the press December 18, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    Last month's dreams of a "grand bargain" of tax hikes and spending cuts seem long gone and a stop-gap that puts everything off for a while but resolves nothing is now the most promising alternative.

  • EU Imposes Toughest Sanctions Yet On Iran Saturday, 22 Dec 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    Rigorous new sanctions against Iran's banking, shipping and industrial sectors took effect on Saturday, as part of the European Union's effort to force Tehran to scale back its nuclear program.

  • Another 'Cliff': US Faces Devastating Port Strike Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    The threat of a longshoremen's strike that could close 15 ports from Massachusetts to Texas has shipping industry leaders, manufacturers and retailers warning of a "devastating blow" to the supply chain.

  • Best & Worst Trades of 2012 Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 7:21 AM ET

    Following are 10 of the best and worst trades of the year.

  • Global investors are betting Washington will overcome its budget deadlock despite an apparently serious setback. Republican lawmakers rejected a proposal on Thursday by their leader, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, designed to extract concessions from President Barack Obama.

  • Trichet: Fed, ECB Balance Sheets ‘Abnormal’ Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 5:50 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    Ballooning central bank balance sheets across the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Japan are “profoundly abnormal”, according to Jean-Claude Trichet, the former president of the ECB.

  • RIM to Pay Nokia to Settle Patent Dispute Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 4:29 AM ET
    Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop stands with Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, during the introduction of the new Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows smartphones.

    Struggling Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has settled its patent dispute with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion in return for payments, as it tries to exploit its trove of technology patents to boost its finances.

  • No 'Happy New Year' for UK as Gloom Worsens Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 3:48 AM ET

    With gloomy economic forecasts, falling consumer confidence and poor retail figures adding to concerns over talk of the U.K. leaving the European Union, 2013 is set to be a tough year for the country, analysts say.

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