More fund managers believe "a hard landing" for China is among the biggest tail risks facing markets, a survey shows.
While growth in the world's third largest economy, Japan, surpassed expectations in the first quarter, an important pillar of growth was missing: revival in capital spending.
Australia's higher-than-expected budget has raised concerns that the country could follow the same path as the highly-indebted euro zone.
Japanese equities have risen a "bit too fast" and appear to be somewhat "bubbly," according to the former vice finance minister of Japan, as the Nikkei crossed the key 15,000 on Wednesday.
The boom in equity markets from Frankfurt to New York and Tokyo has yet to reach Shanghai, which continues to lag behind its global peers. Still, analysts reckon China stocks will soon play catch-up.
Japan's radical monetary policies has created the most volatile government bond market in the world, analysts say.
According to local media reports, China could lower its official growth forecast to 7 percent next year – a move that suggests Beijing is growing more comfortable with slower pace of growth.
Chinese economic data for April has cast further doubt over the recovery in the world's second largest economy.
If an article in Monday's Wall Street Journal is anything to go by, the U.S. Fed is getting ready to unwind monetary stimulus. That prospect is unlikely to be as alarming for markets as feared, analysts tell CNBC.
Data showing Japanese investors are looking for higher yields elsewhere is not good news for the yen.
What goes up must come down. This is finally holding true for the resilient Australian dollar that has begun to show weakness against the greenback.
Aggressive fiscal and monetary policy present huge investment opportunities in Japan, says hedge fund manager Dan Loeb.
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The ECB is perhaps the best hope of bridging the political and economic fault lines in a union where cooperation was supposed to be the hallmark of a new Europe.
India's central bank has said that further monetary easing would be difficult, economists beg to differ.
So much for talk of a 'great rotation' out of bonds into equities, analysts say the best strategy may be bet on both assets.
The resilient Australian dollar is due a major correction and could fall over 40 percent in the next 18 months, according to one analyst.
Just last week, the yen looked set to weaken beyond 100 per dollar, now analysts say the currency's fall may have bottomed out.
German luxury carmaker Porsche saw record sales in China last year and the recent clampdown on gift-giving and luxury goods in the country won't have a major impact going forward.
After China's first quarter growth numbers disappointed markets, two analysts say China is failing to benefit from its brisk credit growth.