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  • Rural Investment Pays off in China Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 8:16 PM ET
    For all of China's talk of economic rebalancing, the act appears mostly geographic.

    The carefully staged political pageant that will play out next month in Beijing is not something that Jiang Wenhai, the 40-year old Communist party secretary of Silver Dragon village, spends a great deal of time thinking about.  The FT reports.

  • Toyota Camry Surges Past Ford F-150 to US Top Spot Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 6:06 AM ET
    The Toyota logo is displayed on the grill of brand new Toyota RAV4s on the sales lot at City Toyota in Daly City, California.

    After three years filled with recalls, limited supply, and a much needed redesign, the Toyota Camry has become the top selling vehicle in the U.S. Experian Automotive analyzed new vehicle registrations during the first half of this year and found 209,000 new Toyota Camry's in the U.S. compared to 202,000 Ford F-150 pick-up trucks. A year ago, Experian listed the F-150 as number one ahead of the Camry.

  • 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.

  • Singapore Glamour Evades London Bankers Monday, 10 Sep 2012 | 8:33 PM ET
    Louis Vuitton at North Pavilion, Marina Bay. Further in distant is business district of Singapore.

    With one eye on his BlackBerry and the other on his wristwatch Kevin Faulkner, a senior executive in Deutsche Bank’s IT team, enjoys a quiet lunchtime pint at The Bank, a popular bar on Singapore’s Raffles Quay. The FT reports.

  • End to ‘Alpha’ a Stress for Fund Managers Monday, 10 Sep 2012 | 8:09 PM ET
    NYSE trader

    It is no secret that investors of all stripes have struggled to beat the market since the financial crisis. The majority of hedge funds, for instance, have trailed both global stocks and bonds since the start of 2010, meaning that they have not added value to the simplest of portfolios. The FT reports.

  • Is the Volt Math Fair? Yes and No Monday, 10 Sep 2012 | 4:28 PM ET
    Chevy Volt

    The folks at GM headquarters are not happy.

  • Speculation intensified over the whereabouts of Xi Jinping, China’s presumptive new president, who has been missing from public view.

  • Is China 'Buying' Egypt From the US? Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 2:18 AM ET
    Egypt, Cairo, Sultan Hussan Mosque at sunset

    The United States is suddenly competing for influence over its most stalwart ally in the Middle East, the Global Post reports.

  • Euros

    The European Central Bank’s (ECB) much awaited announcement on Thursday  that it would buy sovereign bonds in a new program to ease the euro zone debt crisis could help the battered euro reclaim its clout as a major global currency, say analysts.

  • Is Your House Underinsured? Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 11:26 AM ET
    Couple looking at their home damaged by a tornado.

    Most Americans assume that their property insurance covers the full replacement cost of their home. Not necessarily. Check out these dos and don'ts.

  • A Chinese City Moves to Limit New Cars Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 8:11 PM ET
    Beijing, China

    The municipal government of Guangzhou, a sprawling metropolis that is one of China’s biggest auto manufacturing centers, introduced license plate auctions and lotteries last week that will roughly halve the number of new cars on the streets. The NYT Reports.

  • Employees assemble parts for Fujitsu

    In the next couple of weeks, bondholders will vote on the fate of Covalent Materials, the Japanese technology group formerly known as Toshiba Ceramics, which was the object of a leveraged buyout in 2006. Since then, the company’s earnings have halved as competition from lower cost producers has ratcheted up and the company’s technological edge has become duller. Debt that was sustainable in more profitable times has become too burdensome today, even with Japan’s long-term zero interest rate policy. The FT reports.

  • Ferrari Crashes Spark Rage at Asia's Rich Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 12:39 PM ET

    A series of unrelated traffic accidents from Bangkok to Beijing has caused vociferous debate about equal justice for rich and poor citizens in Asia.

  • 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.

  • US Investor is Ireland’s Biggest Creditor Sunday, 2 Sep 2012 | 8:55 PM ET
    Dublin, Ireland

    A leading US figure in bond investment has emerged as Ireland’s single biggest private sector creditor by aggressively buying Irish government bonds. The FT reports.

  • Fisherman’s Fortune: The $736,700 Tuna Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | 1:46 PM ET

    On August 21, a Chinese fisherman caught a rare fish worth over $475,000. As impressive a haul as that is, it didn’t represent the highest known payday for something caught from the sea.

  • Barclays Faces Fresh Criminal Probe Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 8:36 PM ET
    Barclay's Bank

    The Serious Fraud Office has launched a second criminal investigation into Barclays as the agency examines payments the bank made as part of its 2008 Middle Eastern capital raising. The FT reports.

  • Getting to 54 MPG Will Change What We Drive Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    The Department of Transportation and the EPA have locked in the new fuel efficiency rules guiding the industry through 2025.

  • China—Not Wall Street—Caused 2008 Crisis: Study Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    Thought the global financial crisis in 2008 was caused by subprime bonds, collateralized debt obligations and other Wall Street engineering? Think again.

  • Is the Rush Into Myanmar Creating a Bubble Economy? Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 12:47 AM ET
    Golden Sule Pagoda, Rangoon, Myanmar

    In a dimly lit ballroom, Myanmar’s investment czar gushed about his nation’s dazzling future to a congregation of foreign investors. Each had paid $1,500 to hear the government’s big pitch: Long an economic basket case, Myanmar is now an investment gold mine.

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