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Chinese economic data for April has largely underperformed market expectations prompting many economists to rethink their growth projections for the world's second largest economy.
Japanese equities have risen a "bit too fast" and appear to be somewhat "bubbly," according to the former vice finance minister of Japan, as the Nikkei crossed the key 15,000 on Wednesday.
Eisuke Sakakibara, Professor of Aoyama Gakuin University and Former Vice Finance Minister of Japan says Japan will achieve 2 to 2.5% real growth, while dollar-yen will turn around from 105.
Peter Anderson, CEO of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the government is asking the business community to pay more with this year's budget statement.
Shelly Painter, Regional Managing Director of Vanguard Asia says Vanguard's first ETF in Asia, the Asia ex-Japan index ETF, offers a cost of entry that is about half the industry average.
John Daley, CEO of Grattan Institute warns that Australia has a serious deficit problem that needs to be dealt with and should keep in mind the lessons from Europe's crisis.
Jim Snabe, Co-CEO of SAP says that the industry is focusing on innovation and efficiency. He also says that Europe has a healthy division of labor at the top layers of companies that allows a control & support mechanism.
Frederic Neumann, MD & Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC, explains why the hunt for yield can run for quite some time.
David Bradbury, Assistant Treasurer of Australia, says there is still room for the RBA to cut rates further. He also deconstructs Treasurer of Australia Wayne Swan's comments and the budget expectations stating that mining boom will continue while jobs remain the key focus.
Simon Dingemans, Chief Financial Officer at GlaxoSmithKline says that the company's re-engineered approach to R&D is bearing fruit with pipeline looking very healthy.
Kathy Lien, Managing Director of BK Asset Management says the global economy will be in trouble if the market rallies don't transpire into increased business and consumer confidence.
Peter Strong, Executive Director of the Council of Small Business of Australia, is hoping that the Australian budget will provide small and medium enterprises in the country the boost they desperately need.
Christopher Fix, CEO of Dubai Mercantile Exchange says Asia has come to recognize the need to have a pricing center closer to the region's source of crude oil supplies.
Paul Gruenwald the Chief Economist, Asia Pacific, Standard and Poor's Ratings Services says the Japanese currency's decline over the past 6 months is just a retracement of what happened in 2008-2009.
Antonio Fatas, Professor of Economics at INSEAD says a lot of the political debates in Europe have gone away little by little. He says it is time to find ways to bring growth back to Europe's economy.
Tony Nash, Managing Director at IHS, says sentiment on the ground in Japan is extremely positive. But he notes that a pressure on wages is still need to eventually spur consumption.
The likelihood of strikes this May and June by workers in South Africa's strategic mining sector may curb output, presenting an upside risk for the precious metal.
The Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand dismissed claims on Friday that his country is taking part in a global currency war, despite recent steps to temper strength in its domestic currency.
Data showing Japanese investors are looking for higher yields elsewhere is not good news for the yen.
Jason Brady, MD & Head of Fixed Income at Thornburg Investment Management, says the current dynamics are showing a lot more risks than rewards.
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