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  • Return of Asia IPOs     Sunday, 4 Sep 2011 | 8:20 PM ET

    Chang Tou Chen, managing director and head of global banking, Southeast Asia at HSBC, expects a range of IPOs to come to the Southeast Asian markets.

  • Can the Dollar Hold On?     Sunday, 4 Sep 2011 | 8:10 PM ET

    Patrick Perret-Green, head of FX & rates strategy for Asia at Citi, says Asian central banks are more relaxed about the dollar, with almost 50 percent of Asian trade in the region.

  • Central Banks in Asia Won't Cut Rates     Sunday, 4 Sep 2011 | 7:50 PM ET

    Tai Hui, regional head of economic research, Southeast Asia at Standard Chartered, says central banks in Asia will not cut rates like Brazil, because domestic demand and lending are still growing fast and are very robust.

  • Chinese Companies for PE Investors     Sunday, 4 Sep 2011 | 7:40 PM ET

    Jason Zhao, general partner at Cybernaut (China) Investment, says the firm is only interested in investing Chinese companies that have other resources and business connections.

  • How Noda Would Fix Japan's Economy?     Sunday, 4 Sep 2011 | 7:10 PM ET

    Masayuki Kichikawa, MD, chief Japan economist at Merrill Lynch Japan Securities, says that Noda's conservative fiscal stance means that he's likely to increase tax, weaken the strong Yen, and request the BOJ to further ease monetary policy.

  • China's flag flies over octagonal structures built on stilts in the Philippine-claimed Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands located in the South China Sea.

    The growing tension between China, Vietnam and the Philippines in the South China Sea could lead to a miscalculation and further escalation between the parties, a former advisor to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney warned on Friday.

  • Don't Look Now but Chrysler Coming Back Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 3:37 PM ET
    Chrysler grille

    For the third time in the last four months, Chrysler outsold Toyota in the US. It's an interesting statistic that may or may not mean much given your perspective. Personally, I think it's an indication the Chrysler and its dealers are continuing to build momentum after being left for dead by the previous owners.

  • Chinese Economy Slowing     Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 4:40 AM ET

    "On one hand export orders appear to be falling but on the other hand production seems to be rising so where is the production going? Obviously it's going into internal demand. This is in line with China's five year plan promoting more internal consumption which seems to be taking effect but it's not going to happen overnight. But this is a very positive trend China's economy is slowing, there's no doubt about that, but it's slowing out of choice, Andrew Leung, founder at Andrew Leung International Consultants told CNBC.

  • China PMI Data: Growth Still Intact     Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 4:00 AM ET

    The PMI statistic, "Is not a great number on its own. But if you look at what is happening in Europe and the US, where you are also likely to get a number below that key 50 level, it shows that China is at least still expanding rather than contracting," Simon Grose-Hodge, head of investment advisory at LGT Bank, told CNBC.

  • Jailed Chinese Tycoon Bids for Ark Royal Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 2:46 AM ET
    Gome chief executive officer Huang Guangyu attends a news conference on July 25, 2006, in Beijing, China. China's biggest home appliance retailer, Gome Electrical Appliance Holding Ltd, finalized its HK$5.27 billion (US$675.64 million) deal to acquire its rival China Paradise Electronics Retail Ltd yesterday, better positioning the firm to ward off foreign competition in the sector

    Huang Guangyu, a Chinese tycoon serving a 14-year fraud sentence in a Beijing prison, has put in a bid for the retired UK aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal with the aim of turning her into a floating exhibition hall and hotel. The FT reports.

  • Buy Gold Before Fed Announces Further Easing: Expert Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 2:03 AM ET
    Warren Gillman of CEF Holdings says now is the time to buy gold and gold equities ahead of the September U.S Federal Reserve meeting.

    Gold prices have stalled in recent days as investors have turned away from safe-havens and towards risk assets.

  • Land of the Rising Yen     Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 12:44 AM ET

    A look at Japan's struggle to overcome the rising yen amid weak demand out of the U.S. and Europe, with Chris Rupkey, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and Constance Hunter, Aladdin Capital Holdings.

  • Western Brands Flock to Singapore to Tap Spending Power Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 7:20 PM ET

    As consumers in the U.S. and Europe continue to tighten their purse strings, retailers from the West are increasingly looking to tap Asia's growing demand for overseas brands, particularly in the region's retail hub - Singapore

  • Ford Partners With Zipcar to Reach College Students? Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 4:17 PM ET
    Zipcar and Ford

    Ford and Zipcar are going back to school. Both companies are hoping their new partnership elevates their exposure to college age drivers, a segment of the population that is often overlooked and ripe with potential.

  • "You probably have to distinguish between different countries. I think in Japan's case it's fairly easy it's all about exchange rates and that's obviously depressing sentiment and exporters and depressing the willingness and profitability of large companies," Richard Jerram, chief economist at Bank of Singapore told CNBC. "I think Korea is more interesting because that's more geared directly to the global cycle and it does suggest that maybe global demand is not really as robust as people had been hoping," he added.

  • Struggling with a Great Contraction Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 11:04 PM ET
    A concerned trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Many ask whether high-income countries are at risk of a “double dip” recession. But Martin Wolf of the FT argues the first one never ended. The question, according to him, is how much deeper and longer this recession or “contraction” might become.

  • Reunification of DPJ an Urgent Task     Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 8:40 PM ET

    Brian Bridges, Professor of Politics at Lingnan University says there is potential for factional trouble within the party.

  • India Inflation to Hit 10% This Year     Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 8:10 PM ET

    Vishnu Varathan, Regional Economist,Asia Economist at Capital Economics (Asia) expects inflation in India to rise slightly above 10%, and that will be the RBI's key focus for the year.

  • Trading The Globe: Emerging Markets     Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 10:24 AM ET

    Is now the time to look for exposure to the developing world? Insight on whether investors should bet on emerging markets, with Tim Seymour, EmergingMoney.com.

  • Pimco's Gross Regrets 'Mistake' on US Debt Call Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 3:52 AM ET
    Savings Bonds

    Bill Gross, manager of the world’s largest bond fund for Pimco, has admitted that it was a mistake to bet so heavily against the price of US government debt.

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