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World News & Analysis


  • Are Asian households over their heads in debt? Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 9:51 PM ET

    Household debt in Asia is growing quickly, spurring concerns consumers may struggle to pay their bills as interest rates start to tick higher.

  • Louis Vuitton loses 'wow' factor in South Korea Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 12:30 AM ET
    A customer sits behind the window display of a Chanel store at Lotte Shopping's department store in Seoul, South Korea.

    South Korean housewife Kwak Ji-yoon used to be a loyal customer of Louis Vuitton, but these days she prefers Alexander Wang handbags.

  • What are you buying to hedge against inflation? Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 12:52 AM ET
    A shopper walks through the Manhattan Mall on May 1, 2014 in New York City.

    Tell us which asset class you're buying as a hedge as inflation fears rise.

  • US markets should hold 'forward guidance' Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 11:46 PM ET

    Markets played a beautiful coda to a trading week which defied vacuous discussions of the Fed's alleged failures to communicate its monetary policies.

  • What do South Korea and India have in common? Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 6:33 PM ET

    A rise in oil prices to nine-month highs amid turmoil in Iraq has raised worries about the outlook for some Asian economies like India and South Korea.

  • Hundreds of thousands vote in HK democracy 'poll' Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 5:31 AM ET
    A volunteer hands a voter's ID card at a polling station in Hong Kong on June 22, 2014.

    Nearly 600,000 votes have been cast in three days of an unofficial referendum on democratic reforms in Hong Kong, part of a civil campaign that has been branded illegal by the former British colony and by Communist Party authorities in Beijing.

  • Asia focuses on China PMI, Japan data this week Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 9:50 PM ET

    This week is expected to be relatively quiet for Asian markets, with Chinese factory activity and a barrage of Japanese data the likely focal points.

  • 10 best emerging markets for retail Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    Brazilian costumers choose goods at a duty-free shop in Rivera, 500km northeast of Montevideo, in the Uruguayan-Brazilian border, on February 26, 2011. About 10,000 Brazilians arrive in Rivera every weekend to make good use of the Uruguayan duty-free shops.

    A.T. Kearney's annual study scores 200 developing nations to determine how important it is is for retailers to plant their flag there.

  • Chinese switch from cash to credit for car buys Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 7:54 PM ET

    In a country where owning a car has long been a symbol of luxury and success, around 85 percent of Chinese car buyers still buy cars with cash.

  • China's warehouse sector under scrutiny Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 7:22 PM ET
    A worker walks in front of a storage area in a logistics center at the Pudong free trade zone in Shanghai, China.

    After an investigation banks and trading houses are aware of the risks of storing commodities in China's warehouse sector.

  • Top mutual fund managers push these markets Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
    A large construction project in Tianjin, China.

    Emerging markets got plenty of love from top mutual fund managers at the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago this week.

  • Shareholder activism catches fire in Japan Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    A record 14 shareholder proposals for higher returns will be made at annual general meetings this month, according to IR Japan, a research firm.

  • Kerry in Cairo for talks over Iraq Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 5:11 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Sunday for talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat which the conflict in Iraq poses to the Middle East.

  • Militants take Iraq-Syria border town Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | 11:53 PM ET
    Town of al-Qaim at the Iraqi-Syrian border

    Sunni fighters have seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier, security sources said, smashing a line drawn by colonial powers a century ago in a campaign to create an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.

  • Is Amazon's new Fire phone scorching or all smoke? Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    Is releasing a premium smart phone with features like simulated 3D dynamic perspective and streaming music a home run for Amazon?

  • Ukraine peace plan gets limited support from Putin Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 12:40 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Russia's Vladimir Putin on Saturday voiced limited support for Ukraine's unilateral ceasefire in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists, but told President Petro Poroshenko there had to be talks with the rebels to prevent the truce collapsing.

  • Mud flung as Indonesia presidential race heats up Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 12:05 AM ET
    Supporters of  Joko Widodo, governor of Jakarta and presidential candidate

    One of the two hopefuls in Indonesia's presidential election has been accused of being a closet Christian, the other of being a foreigner and unfit to lead the nation.

  • Real-life 'escape rooms' are new US gaming trend Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | 1:57 PM ET
    Real escape room players must solve puzzles to find the key to freedom.

    A few U.S. entrepreneurs are offering a real-world version of a video game in which players solve puzzles together to escape a room within an hour.

  • Hi-rises woo pet lovers with dog spas, rooftop walks Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | 2:08 PM ET
    Benjamin Hodson and Bastion

    Luxury living among the high-rise set is going to the dogs as builders are finding a huge demand for innovative spaces for animal lovers.

  • Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said large-scale asset purchases are part of the central bank's toolkit, but for now it would focus on its latest set of stimulus measures.

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  • Concern about Greece is hurting the euro and benefiting the dollar, but an aggressive dollar rally is unlikely while U.S. data is weak, analysts say.

  • Too much paperwork

    With governments around the world seeking to reduce costs, a study suggests electronic invoicing could shave billions off budgets.

  • Satellite images delivered to the press by Russian Defense Ministry.

    Russian authorities doctored satellite images it used to try peg the downing of flight MH17 on Ukraine, an independent report has claimed.

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