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  • Resolute Putin Faces a Russia That’s Changed Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 5:45 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    NY Times reports that  Mr. Putin, who grew up in a hardscrabble Soviet housing block, has spent more than a decade in a byzantine world of petitioners and servants. Now, in the year he turns 60, he will face his biggest challenge: coming to grips with a society that has greatly changed under his watch, while he has remained essentially the same.

  • UOB Quarterly Profit Falls 21%, Upbeat on Outlook Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 8:03 PM ET

    United Overseas Bank, the smallest of Singapore's three banking groups, reported a 21 percent fall in quarterly profit due to lack of one-off gains and as it booked losses on its European debt exposure.

  • Bank Negara CEO Maps Out Business Strategy     Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 7:35 PM ET

    Gatot Suwondo, President Director & CEO of Bank Negara Indonesia, says the bank will focus on corporate and retail banking going forward.

  • Oil Prices Raising Inflation Concerns in Asia     Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 6:10 PM ET

    Frederic Neumann, MD & Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC, expects policy tightening across Asia towards the end of the year as he believes inflation could make a comeback due to rising oil prices.

  • Auto Credit Improving Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 10:24 AM ET

    A new report by Experian shows a healthy improvement in new and used car loans.

  • Growth In China Slowing?     Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 8:15 AM ET

    Discussing the structural challenges China is facing as its economy slows, with John Rutledge, Rutledge Capital and Stephen Roach, Stephen Roach, Morgan Stanley Asia non-executive chairman.

  • Nikkei Business Report     Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 4:40 AM ET

    The Nikkei's Makiko Utsuda provides an overview of the trading day in Tokyo.

  • NagaCorp Posts Strong Growth     Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    Timothy McNally, Chairman at NagaCorp, McNally, discusses the factors driving the company's growth.

  • Growing Insurance Business in Asia     Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    Chris Wei, Group CEO of Great Eastern Holdings, says last quarter's lower earnings were caused by unrealized mark-to-market losses as macro conditions weakened. He remains bullish on the Asia region and sees growth in Indonesia and Chinese markets.

  • Higher Gas Prices Will Slow, Not Stop Auto Sales Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    Is there a point where gas becomes so expensive and so onerous that it forces a large chunk of would be car and truck buyers to put off making a purchase? You bet.

  • Emerging Markets Rally Continues     Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    Will growth in emerging markets continue? David Riedel, Riedel Research Group president discusses how you can play emerging market opportunities.

  • Chinese shipping containers

    The approval of a second bailout for Greece on Tuesday will bode well for Asian shipping companies, according to one analyst, who points out that Asian container shippers have a large amount of business with Europe.

  • Charting Asia | Dow Weekly Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | 10:41 PM ET
  • Risk Appetite in Asia     Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | 10:10 PM ET

    Johanna Chua, Chief Economist, Asia Pacific at Citi says despite issues in Greece and the euro zone, risk appetite towards Asian assets may hold up.

  • Western investors in Japan's disgraced Olympus have accused its banks of trying to take control of the boardroom by stealth, amid media reports that the firm's major creditors are set to install their own appointees in the top jobs.

  • Risks Around China's Local Government Debt     Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | 7:20 PM ET

    Jim Antos, Bank Analyst, Mizuho Securities Asia says the ruling to allow Chinese banks to restructure local government debt is negative for their capital health.

  • Nikkei Business Report     Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | 4:40 AM ET

    The Nikkei's Makiko Utsuda provides an overview of the trading day in Japan.

  • A woman looks at advertisments in the window of an estate agency in Hong Kong, China.

    Increasing numbers of foreigners calling Hong Kong home are lifting rental prices in the city's already expensive real estate market, pushing the city to become the most expensive place to rent high-end property.

  • In China Movie Pact, More 3-D, Less Reality Sunday, 19 Feb 2012 | 10:31 PM ET
    Chinese movie-goers wear 3-D glasses

    A new agreement widening access in China to films from around the world, effectively guarantees, at least for the foreseeable future, that only Hollywood’s most fantastic enterprises will be admitted to China on a favored basis, since those dominate the premium formats specified in the trade deal.

  • OCBC Quarterly Profit Jumps 18%, Tops Forecast Sunday, 19 Feb 2012 | 6:32 PM ET
    A customer enters a branch of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. (OCBC) in Singapore, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. OCBC, owner of Singapore's biggest life insurer, said fourth-quarter net income rose 67 percent to S$502 million. Photographer: Charles Pertwee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp, Singapore's second-biggest lender, posted an 18 percent rise in quarterly profit, buoyed by strong loan growth, beating expectations.

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