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  • Add Alpha to Your Portfolio with Currencies Monday, 12 Nov 2012 | 3:37 PM ET

    If your returns in fixed income look a little lean, adding currencies to your portfolio can generate more cash without a lot of risk.

  • In the last four months, China has forged an aggressive, more nationalistic posture in Asia that may set the tone for the expected decade-long tenure of Xi Jinping, the presumptive new leader of China, analysts and diplomats say. The New York Times reports.

  • U.S. to File WTO Case Against China Over Cars Monday, 17 Sep 2012 | 2:03 AM ET
    World Bank building in Washington, DC.

    The Obama administration plans to file a broad trade case at the World Trade Organization in Geneva on Monday accusing China of unfairly subsidizing its exports of autos and auto parts, a senior administration official said late Sunday, in a move with clear political implications for the presidential elections less than two months away.

  • China Plant Again Faces Labor Issue on iPhones Monday, 10 Sep 2012 | 11:48 PM ET
    Chinese workers assemble electronic components at the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen.

    As Apple prepares to unveil the latest iPhone this week, the company’s manufacturing partner in China, Foxconn Technology, is coming under renewed criticism over labor practices after reports that vocational students were being compelled to work at plants making iPhones and their components. The NYT reports.

  • As Growth Flags, China Shies From Stimulus Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 8:01 AM ET
    Bull statue symbolizing the stock market on the Bund, Shanghai, China.

    As evidence has mounted that the economy is slowing, Beijing has kept the world on tenterhooks, delivering none of the big stimulus measures many analysts have predicted.

  • Japan Brokers to Review Internal Controls Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 7:06 PM ET

    Twelve large banks and brokers in Japan have been ordered by the country’s financial regulator to review their internal controls for handling sensitive information and report back on the results in a month as a crackdown on insider trading builds. The FT reports.

  • Japan Stocks Cheaper Than US, but Strategists Are Wary Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 3:47 AM ET
    Tokyo Stock Exchange

    Japan stocks, which have over the past five years been more expensive than American stocks, are now trading at lower price-to-earnings (PE) ratio than the S&P 500. The country’s economy is also growing faster than the U.S., yet strategists are not suggesting investors snap up Japanese equities.

  • Japan Insider Trading Fears Reawaken Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 2:24 AM ET
    Tokyo Stock Exchange

    Just as foreign investor interest in the Japanese stock market has picked up, old fears have reawakened over the level of insider trading ahead of deals. The FT reports.

  • Resolute Putin Faces a Russia That’s Changed Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 5:45 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    NY Times reports that  Mr. Putin, who grew up in a hardscrabble Soviet housing block, has spent more than a decade in a byzantine world of petitioners and servants. Now, in the year he turns 60, he will face his biggest challenge: coming to grips with a society that has greatly changed under his watch, while he has remained essentially the same.

  • Japan Missed Its Window to Revive Economy: Expert Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 3:19 AM ET

    Japan had a fighting chance in reviving its faltering economy after the March 11 earthquake but its politicians have failed to take hold of that opportunity, an analyst told CNBC on Friday.

  • Look Who's Back: Japan Popular Again With Investors Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 2:13 PM ET
    Life goes on as usual in Osaka where many people from Tokyo have taken refuge after an 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, March 17, 2011 in Osaka, Japan.

    Just four months after a vicious earthquake and tsunami devastated its mainland, Japan suddenly is being looked at as an enticing investment opportunity.

  • Tokyo stock screens

    The Nikkei 225's catch-up over the last month has been impressive. It's outperformed many of its Asian peers as well as European indices and the US, and is homing in on its pre earthquake and tsunami levels. The FT reports.

  • Japan’s Equities Head Towards Pre-Tsunami Levels Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 10:09 PM ET
    Tokyo stock screens

    The Nikkei 225's catch-up over the last month has been impressive. It's outperformed many of its Asian peers as well as European indices and the US, and is homing in on its pre earthquake and tsunami levels. The FT reports.

  • Bullish on Japan Stocks: Kass  Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 5:21 PM ET

    "The Nikkei is as cheap as the U.S. market was in March 2009," says Doug Kass, Seabreeze Partners Management.

  • Concerns Increase Over Japan Food Safety  Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 9:06 AM ET

    CNBC's Kaori Enjoji and Simon Hobbs take a look at the situation in Japan.

  • Crises in Japan Ripple Across Global Economy Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 5:27 AM ET
    80-year-old Sumi Abe is rescued from her destroyed house nine days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 20, 2011 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.

    In the wake of Japan’s cascading disasters, signs of economic loss can be found in many corners of the globe, from Sendai, on the battered Japanese coast, to Paris to Marion, Ark., reports the New York Times.

  • Was the Post-Japan Fall in Stocks Rational? Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 1:20 AM ET

    Looking at the pure economic ties between Japan and the UK for instance, it's hard to justify why UK stocks should fall so heavily.

  • Yoshikami: Devastation and Hope in Japan Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:06 AM ET
    Fukushima nuclear power plant shown on March 15, 2011 following earthquake and tsunami, Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

    There is no way to underscore the depth of the tragedy we see playing out before us as the potential of a nuclear nightmare of unprecedented proportions unfolds before our eyes. And while it pales in comparison to the human toll, the Japanese economy is also surely facing a period of great challenge.

  • Prepare to Buy Japan With Both Hands: SocGen Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 5:01 AM ET

    Japanese stocks are beginning to look cheap, according to Societe Generale Strategist Dylan Grice.

  • Nikkei Losses to Double: Economist Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 4:10 AM ET

    As the market begins the process of second guessing the G7’s coordinated action to keep the yen lower, High Frequency Economics is warning investors the damage caused by the disaster in Japan is being both understated by the government and underappreciated outside of people in the immediate vicinity.