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  • Indonesia Rate Hike an Early Strike Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 12:34 AM ET

    Indonesia's surprise decision to hike interest rates was a pre-emptive move against inflation as the local currency weakens, said the central bank.

  • Now, China Watchers See Growth Below 7% Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 12:24 AM ET

    China's GDP growth could slide below 7% in the second half of the year, warned Nomura, highlighting that risks to the outlook economy have risen "significantly" in recent weeks.

  • Is an Overconfident BOJ to Blame for Market Woes? Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 11:34 PM ET

    Since stunning the markets with monetary easing, the Bank of Japan has failed to offer solace to investors that have been rattled by violent swings in Japanese markets.

  • Here's How Sanity May Return to Japan's Bond Market Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 9:25 PM ET
    Shubiya district, Tokyo, Japan

    One member of the Bank of Japan's policy board said limiting quantitative easing to two years could help stabilize the bond market.

  • We Will Do More to Boost Our Economy: Japan Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 9:11 PM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    Japan's cabinet rubber-stamped a set of measures on Friday to boost growth that so far have failed to impress markets and made Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promise to take more steps.

  • What Japan Can Teach Fed About QE Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 12:31 PM ET

    Take note, Ben Bernanke: Japan is what happens when a market demanding constant stimulus doesn't get what it wants.

  • Nintendo CEO Takes the Blame for Poor Wii U Sales Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 10:53 AM ET
    A Nintendo Wii U touch-screen controller displaying the "Super Mario Bros." game

    A one-on-one interview with Nintendo's global CEO Satoru Iwata on the lackluster performance of the Wii U and what the company plans to do to turn around sales and engagement.

  • China Gets the Post-Holiday Blues as Stocks Slump Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 3:25 AM ET

    China's stock market hit its lowest level in six months, joining a global sell-off with growing pessimism about the outlook for the Chinese economy adding to the market's woes.

  • Indonesia Surprises With a 0.25% Rate Hike Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 2:47 AM ET

    Indonesia's central bank announced a surprise hike in its benchmark rate by 25 basis points to 6 percent on Thursday, in the face of growing pressure on the rupiah.

  • Is It Game Over for Japanese Equities? Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 2:25 AM ET

    The stampede out of Japanese stocks resumed on Thursday, with the benchmark Nikkei 225 tumbling more than 6 percent as investors reassessed their outlook for the market.

  • Yen Surges as Safe-Haven Bid Back in Play Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 2:07 AM ET

    The yen strengthened to a 10-week high against the dollar on Thursday, as heightened concerns about Federal Reserve tapering brought the safe haven trade back into play.

  • Asia's Ticking Time Bonds: Time to Cut and Run? Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 11:16 PM ET

    Efforts to make the global financial system safer could be making Asia more vulnerable to credit shocks, leaving bond traders worried that a sharp sell-off could turn into a rout.

  • Looking Good: Australia's Resilient Jobs Market Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 10:42 PM ET
    A job seeker (R) shakes hands with a recruiter.

    Australian employment beat expectations with a small rise in May while the jobless rate surprised by ticking down to 5.5 percent, a resilient result.

  • Are Markets Facing a Crisis of Confidence? Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 10:30 PM ET

    The rout in global financial markets that has spared few asset classes extended into Thursday, with Asian stocks plunging across the board.

  • Asia's Next Big Risk Is Rising Rates: World Bank Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 9:23 PM ET

    As investors fret over the tapering off of U.S. monetary stimulus, a World Bank economist says such a move poses a particular risk to Asia.

  • Bank of Korea Holds Rates Steady, as Expected Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 9:22 PM ET

    The Bank of Korea held interest rates steady on Thursday, possibly matching the analysts' consensus view that the cut in May was the last one for the year.

  • Shunning the American Dream to Return Home Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 9:15 PM ET

    Asia’s economic development and a growing consumer class means the temptation to return home for those Asian entrepreneurs with a Western education is strong, experts say.

  • Fitch Upgrades India Outlook, Stuns Investors Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 9:00 PM ET
    Mumbai, India

    Fitch Ratings returned India's sovereign outlook back to "stable" from "negative" a year after its initial downgrade, surprising markets with a validation of the government efforts.

  • North Korea Blames South for Collapse of Talks Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 8:56 PM ET
    South Korean cars arrive from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea

    North Korea blamed the South on Thursday for scuttling fresh dialogue that aimed to ease tensions between the rival Koreas.

  • Snowden Vows to Fight Extradition From Hong Kong Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 8:00 PM ET
    Edward Snowden

    Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency employee, told a Hong Kong newspaper on Wednesday that he plans to stay and fight extradition. The New York Times reports.

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