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  • Crowds crossing the famous Shibuya Crossing intersection at the centre of Shibuya's fashionable shopping and entertainment district, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

    Volumes of Samurai bonds — yen-denominated bonds issued by non-Japanese entities — hit a 15-year high in 2011, and could be 20 percent higher in 2012, a Tokyo-based analyst told CNBC.com.

  • Investors Should Avoid Sovereign Bonds: Report Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 8:51 AM ET
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    Japan, the US and the UK will retain zero interest rates policies until at least early 2014, according to a December report by Swedish bank SEB.

  • Software Keeps Manufacturing Equipment Humming Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 7:49 AM ET
    AssetPoint's TabWare helps Dogfish Head maintain its bottling and brewing equipment.

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery not only brews beer, it runs its own in-house bottling operation. But disaster struck during one of its bottling runs.

  • Gary Kaminsky on Companies Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:37 PM ET
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    Look for a huge corporate spin-off, a major apparel merger, rock bottom bond yields,  hedge fund failures and an election defeat for President Obama.

  • Deepanshu Bagchee on Asia-Pacific Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:33 PM ET
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    Housing slumps but stocks jump in China, a reversal for Japanese bond yields and deficit problems dog India.

  • Reaping Big Cost Savings With Reverse Auctions Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 1:08 PM ET
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    Companies big and small are embracing the model to gain leverage over  suppliers of all kinds of services, goods and materials.   

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    Companies in the U.S. and Europe will need to compete with emerging market firms for debt capital funding in the future, according to emerging market credit experts speaking at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe’s high yield conference last week.

  • Retailers Use Social Media To Fine-Tune Operations Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 10:23 AM ET
    A man shops at the Abercrombie & Fitch store in the San Francisco Shopping Center in San Francisco, California.

    The ability to monitor consumer tastes gives retailers access to a trove of information that may help them plan product lines and inventory.

  • New Materials Mean Shifting Production Overseas Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 12:19 PM ET
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    For American bicycle makers, the move to carbon fiber materials was a case of re-inventing the frame —not the wheel.

  • Make IT Part of Your Business Strategy Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 2:22 PM ET
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    Information technology is, of course, an integral part of running a business. Too often, however, it’s not an integral part of a company’s strategic goals.

  • Riding Out Market Volatility Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
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    The volatility of recent months may be enough to send the average investor to the sidelines, but pros are quick to remind that it's the ups and downs, not the flat lines, that make money.

  • Shopping for Inflation Hedges Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 9:47 AM ET
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    With inflation still looming as an economic wild card, investors are taking a closer look at asset classes that traditionally outperform as consumer prices rise.

  • After the Meltdown Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 9:47 AM ET
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    September has almost always been a bad month for stocks, and the past one amply illustrates that. October, however, is often the beginning of of a multi-month upswing for equities. This fall, however, there's little in the way of fundamentals to suggest historical trends will play out.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading.

    Money managers say take tax losses in cyclical sectors that suffer the most in a bear market and invest the proceeds in more defensive sectors, such as health care and consumer staples.

  • Multinationals Yield Income in a Down Market  Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 9:32 AM ET
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    A portfolio of multinational companies yields income, even when the stock market declines.

  • Tapping Emerging Market Bond and Currency Funds Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 9:31 AM ET
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    Given the debt and growth problems plaguing the U.S. and eurozone, and the resulting tumult across world stock markets, it might be a good time to look at these asset classes, say analysts.

  • POLL: Where's Your Money@f0 Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 9:29 AM ET
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    As yield becomes ever-harder to capture, where will you move your investment capital?

  • Smooth Operators Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:56 PM ET
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    Cost-cutting moves can result from inspiration, or the overlooked obvious, but companies have been thriving on them for decades. It may not raise revenue, but it certainly helps the bottom line.

  • Operational efficiency has become a key to a company's success, especially in an age of thin margins, whether it 's cutting costs, streamlining output or responding to an economic shock.

  • Hedging Helps Smooth Cost Structure Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:52 PM ET
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    While derivatives themselves carry risks and financial scandals have tarnished their image, many companies still use futures contracts, swaps, collars, and other hedging instruments to minimize volatility in their cost of doing business.