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Expectations are high for far-reaching economic reforms at a key policy meeting of China's leaders this weekend. But so is the scope for disappointment.
Asian equities rose on Wednesday, taking their cue from a record finish on Wall Street ahead of a monetary-policy decision from the Federal Reserve.
Investors continue to demand a risk premium on the U.S. dollar heading into 2014, though some remain optimistic for a solution to the debt impasse.
South Korea has one of Asia's fastest-growing economies, but a rapidly aging population threatens its path to becoming an international powerhouse.
It's time to take some money off the table in China's market, Nomura said, turning more cautious before the Party Congress in November.
Asian markets have plenty this week with Fed, BOJ and RBI due to hold policy meetings and economic data from the region's biggest economies.
Agricultural Bank of China is considering a bid for Hong Kong-listed Wing Hang Bank as its first acquisition outside its home market.
The economic cost of the U.S. government shutdown will keep the U.S. dollar under pressure this week.
The dollar fell to eight-and-a-half-month lows against the euro and a currency basket on Friday.
With Washington's debt battle over, markets will quickly shift focus to earnings and how much the government shutdown actually impacted the economy.
While China is expected to grow at its fastest pace this year in the third quarter, economists say this is not the start of a reacceleration in its economy.
Gold prices settled modestly lower after an early drop to three-month lows tempted some buyers back to the market.
If the U.S. government shutdown impasse leads to a debt default, Treasury yields are unlikely to rise much, Capital Economics said.
Despite the rise in China's consumer prices to a seven-month high in September, economists say that inflation doesn't pose a risk for the economy.
China's consumer inflation crept up to a seven-month high of 3.1 percent in September, limiting the scope for the central bank to support the economy.
Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics maker that supplies companies such as Apple and Sony, has admitted that student interns at one of its factories in China have worked shift patterns that are in violation of company policies.
If the Federal Reserve's unprecedented quantitative easing program started a currency war, the euro may offer the next battleground.
Prime Minister Abe got a sign of how his blueprint to revive Japan's economy was working when two of his country's biggest car makers unveiled investments to boost production.
The euro rose on Monday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a third term in office and German, French and euro zone private sector surveys came in better than expected.
The Fed is expected to take the historic but small step of slowing its easing programs and gradually steer markets toward more normal interest rates.