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  • Global Markets Feel the Sting of Fed's Tapering Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 3:45 AM ET

    Markets sold off sharply in Asia on Thursday, after the U.S. Fed suggested it could start to unwind its monetary stimulus program later this year.

  • China Faces Off With Markets on Credit Crunch Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 3:36 AM ET

    China's central bank continued to test the resilience of local lenders to withstand a cash crunch on Thursday, as money market rates soared and short-term rates hit record highs.

  • China Manufacturing Slump Will Test Authorities Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 3:03 AM ET

    Weakness in the manufacturing sector could make it harder for China to resist calls to ease monetary policy, analysts say.

  • Face Masks, Anyone? Singapore Struggles With Haze Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 1:26 AM ET

    Smog so dense you can hardly see and people walking around with face masks on: scenes often associated with polluted Beijing actually describe Singapore.

  • Japanese Women at Work? Conservatives Say No Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 11:25 PM ET

    PM Abe has vowed to take steps to help mobilise women power to end economic stagnation and engineer growth in a country beset by an ageing, shrinking population.

  • More Gloom for China—Factory Activity at 9-Month Low Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 9:46 PM ET

    The closely-watched flash estimate of the HSBC China Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) fell to 48.3 in June, worse than the 49.2 reading in May when the index moved into contractionary phase for the first time in seven months.

  • Diving Rupee—Here's How Bad It Can Get for India Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 4:46 AM ET

    The slump in the Indian rupee, which is hovering near lifetime lows, poses a threat to the recovery in Asia's third largest economy that is already on fragile footing.

  • What Bust? Australia Set for Huge Boom, Report Says Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 12:51 AM ET
    Sydney, Australia.

    Australia has been clouded with negative forecasts in recent weeks, but one report says the economy is set to bounce back.

  • Allocations in Emerging Markets Lowest Since 2008 Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 12:23 AM ET

    Investor confidence in emerging markets continues to plummet, with a fund managers' survey by BofA Merrill Lynch showing that equity investment in the group has fallen to its lowest level since 2008.

  • Awaiting China Data: Things Could Get Even Worse Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 11:58 PM ET

    Activity in China's vast manufacturing sector may have decelerated further in June, the flash HSBC China purchasing manager's index is expected to show on Thursday.

  • Global Fish Prices Leap to All-Time High Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 11:29 PM ET

    Global fish prices have leapt to all-time highs as China's growing appetite for high-end species runs up against lower catches. The Financial Times reports.

  • Down Now, but Asian Stocks Poised to Lead Gains Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 10:22 PM ET

    Asia will spearhead the rise in global stock markets from now until the end of the year, according to a worldwide Reuters poll.

  • Abenomics Vindicated? Still Too Early to Tell Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 8:10 PM ET

    Strong export numbers from Japan are a hopeful sign for the success of the country's economic policies but it's still early days to say that the country's export sector has turned a corner, analysts say.

  • Hong Kong Investigates HSBC for Manipulating Rates Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 7:55 PM ET

    Hong Kong's central bank said on Tuesday that its investigation into possible benchmark rate manipulation has been extended to include HSBC and a number of other banks.

  • For Some Areas, the Fed Taper Already Has Begun Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 11:56 AM ET

    As investors prepare for the Federal Reserve's slow exit from its extraordinary easing measures, emerging markets are taking perhaps the biggest hit.

  • Hot Housing Market Adds to China's Easing Dilemma Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 4:18 AM ET

    Rising home prices in China make it difficult to loosen monetary policy in a bid to boost growth, say analysts.

  • Goldman Bets on Cheapest Asia Market After China Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 3:09 AM ET

    Asia's emerging markets have been among the worst hit in the recent rout in global stocks, but Goldman Sachs advocates buying Seoul stocks now, on the basis that the market will fare well in a rising rate environment.

  • Can Trade Data End the Bad Press for Abenomics? Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 3:04 AM ET
    Shubiya district, Tokyo, Japan

    Japan's trade data is expected to show a rise in exports and a pick-up in domestic consumption that could offer Japan's radical economic policies a respite amid recent bad press.

  • Phone Tag: North Korea's Strange Charm Offensive Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 1:29 AM ET

    This week, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will meet North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan in Beijing.

  • China’s Stock Intervention—Expect More Meddling Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 12:38 AM ET

    China's government has been buying shares in the country's four big banks, a move analysts expect to continue until jitters about high interbank lending rates and the economic outlook ease.

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