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Japan's wage hikes not enough: Analyst   Wed, 1 Apr '15 | 12:33 AM ET
Japan's wage hikes not enough: Analyst

While base wages are being raised, Japanese firms are not increasing bonuses as quickly, which dims the outlook of consumption spending, says Marcel Thieliant, Japan economist at Capital Economics.

Don't write off an Iran nuclear deal yet: Pro

Henry Smith, senior consultant at Control Risks Middle East, says the extension in nuclear talks indicates that negotiating parties "see a successful way out."

Dissecting the factors behind China slowdown

Julia Wang, Greater China economist at HSBC, says a slowing manufacturing sector is the culprit in China's sluggish growth and discusses the deposit-insurance system set to begin in May.

Iron ore prices in free fall   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 11:45 PM ET
Iron ore prices in free fall

Gaurav Sodhi, resources analyst at Intelligent Investor, says iron ore prices could fall further, with Australia's Fortescue Metals looking precarious at this stage.

Why Credit Suisse is negative on India   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 11:35 PM ET
Why Credit Suisse is negative on India

Sailesh Jha, chief Asia economist, Private Banking and Wealth Management at Credit Suisse, says Indian markets are "overly euphoric" as the country's recovery will likely miss expectations.

Trade matters: TPP vs China-led RCEP   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 11:21 PM ET
Trade matters: TPP vs China-led RCEP

Catherine Novelli, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, examines the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

US official: We support AIIB's goal   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 11:16 PM ET
US official: We support AIIB's goal

Catherine Novelli, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, says the U.S. supports the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's goal in infrastructure development.

Shorten: China-Australia trade pact is positive

Bill Shorten, opposition leader in Australia, says the free trade deal presents opportunities in sectors like services. He also discusses Australia's participation in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Yen to weaken further? Maybe not: Expert   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 10:47 PM ET
Yen to weaken further? Maybe not: Expert

With Japan's economy improving, the Bank of Japan is unlikely to ease further, which means the yen will trade more like a normal currency, says Geoff Kendrick, head of Asia FX & Rates Strategy at Morgan Stanley.

More aggressive China easing in Q2: CLSA   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 10:35 PM ET
More aggressive China easing in Q2: CLSA

Francis Cheung, head of China & Hong Kong strategy at CLSA, says China will cut interest rates as early as April, which will likely improve economic data for the second quarter.

Where to put your money in Q2   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 10:19 PM ET
Where to put your money in Q2

Jim Sarni, managing principal at Payden & Rygel, likes corporate bonds and stocks with high dividend yields such as the real estate investment trust (REIT).

Want to be in Qantas' airport lounges? Dress smart

Travelers donning tracksuits, singlets, torn jeans or slippers will be turned away at Qantas' airport lounges from today onwards.

2015 to be a 'turning point' for US consumers?

Bridget Weishaar, equity analyst at Morningstar, says consumer sentiment held up during the recent winter and explains why this year will be a turning point for U.S. consumers.

For 2015, China's IPO market is hot: EY   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 9:34 PM ET
For 2015, China's IPO market is hot: EY

Ringo Choi, APAC IPO Leader at EY, expects the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) in the Greater China market to increase this year.

Why policy easing is unavoidable in China   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 9:14 PM ET
Why policy easing is unavoidable in China

Despite concerns about the upswing in equities, Beijing cannot avoid further easing if it wants to stabilize its economy, says Zhang Zhiwei, chief economist and head of equity strategy at Deutsche Bank.

Weak yen no more? This expert thinks so   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 8:31 PM ET
Weak yen no more? This expert thinks so

Eric Mustin, vice president of the ETF Trading Solutions at WallachBeth Capital, expects the Japanese yen to strengthen slightly against the U.S. dollar moving forward.

Are markets too pessimistic about oil's turmoil?

Bill Maldonado, APAC CIO of HSBC Global Asset Management, says the plunge in oil prices is positive for economies, but markets have been reluctant to absorb that as good news.

Traditional makers jump on smartwatch bandwagon

Sam Yang, founder and managing director of Kairos Watches, explains why it is developing smartwatches with Switzerland-based Sequel, a unit of Timex Group.

China March official PMI isn't strong: Pro   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 9:02 PM ET
China March official PMI isn't strong: Pro

Zhang Zhiwei, chief economist & head of Equity Strategy, China at Deutsche Bank, says the pick-up in March's factory activity may not allay fears about slowing growth.

Don't expect a rebound in oil prices just yet

Peter Boardman, managing director of Tradewinds, expects oil prices to stay low due to the likelihood of an Iran nuclear deal, which will lead to new capacity in the market.

This expert remains hopeful on Iran nuke talks

Barbara Salvin, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, says Iran and the world powers will arrive at "some kind of understanding or specific details within the next day."

BOJ's Tankan logs softer-than-expected reading

Peter Boardman, managing director of Tradewinds, attributes the weak sentiment to the usual practice among Japanese corporates to put out conservative forecasts.

When it comes to cybersecurity, don't forget this

John Ellis, director of enterprise security, APAC & Japan of Akamai Technologies, says governments and industries need to focus on fundamental issues such as tracking the value of information.

Why are countries eager to join China-Led AIIB?

Edwin Truman, non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, says many countries have "commercial motivations" and explains why the U.S. should be part of the new development bank.

What's holding up Iran nuke talks?   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 6:19 PM ET
What's holding up Iran nuke talks?

Daniel Serwer, senior fellow & senior research professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, says the issues regarding Iran's sanction relief and uranium stockpile could be sources of contention.

US traders, it's time to be cautious: Expert

Jack Bouroudjian, chief investment officer of Index Financial Partners, says Wall Street could see a "4-7 percent calendar pullback" over the next few weeks.

Political risk to sway GBP/USD in near term: Pro

David Greene, head of dealing at AFEX Australia, says the cable will likely focus on political risks, with the U.K. set to hold its general election on May 7.

Where is India's economy headed?   Tue, 31 Mar '15 | 12:32 AM ET
Where is India's economy headed?

Is India still the market darling when it comes to economic growth? Pramod Gubbi, VP-Sales-Institutional Equities at Ambit and Radhika Rao, economist at DBS, debate.

Buying stocks? These markets offer opportunities

Simon Grose-Hodge, head of Investment Advisory, LGT Bank Singapore, explains why he is underweight on emerging markets and prefers equities in Europe, Japan, as well as the U.S.

Should you worry about India's shadow banking?

Compared to China, India's shadow banks aren't that much of a concern, Thomas Byrne, senior vice president and regional credit officer for Asia and Middle East, Moody's Sovereign Risk Group.

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