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  • Brace for Data Deluge From Japan This Week Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 9:20 PM ET

    Japanese economic data are likely to be watched closely this week for solid signs of whether efforts to revive the world's third largest economy are starting to work.

  • Time for China's Central Bank to Change Tack? Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 7:45 PM ET
    Beijing, China

    The PBOC rarely explains its actions in public and keeps markets guessing on policy, but angst created by its stand off in the money markets is prompting calls for it to change.

  • Feeling Contrarian? Try the Dulled Gold Miners Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 5:29 AM ET

    Gold mining stocks have lost their luster as commodity prices fall. But investors may be missing improving fundamentals, say fund managers.

  • UBS to Exit Banking Business in India: Source Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | 8:02 AM ET

    Swiss bank UBS will surrender its Indian banking license and close its banking unit, covering fixed income, forex operations and credit services, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Saturday.

  • Why Fed Won't Trigger Messy Rerun of 1994 in Asia Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    Fears are ripe in Asia that tapering of the U.S. Federal Reserve's QE program could lead to events similar to 1994's debt market crash, but one economist says concerns are overblown.

  • Singapore Pokes Fun at Haze Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 1:57 AM ET
    Singapore city skyline filled with smog. The Pollution Standard Index (PSI) hit a record high of 400 on Friday, in the hazardous range.

    From posting images of landmarks wearing gas masks to wacky tweets on how to handle Singapore's worst air quality problem, residents keep it light-hearted.

  • It May Feel Overdone but Perhaps Sell-Off Is Justified Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 12:06 AM ET

    Fears about the Fed unwinding its monetary stimulus have sent global markets into a tail spin this week and some analysts argue the sell-off is in fact justified.

  • Singapore Air Pollution Reaches All-Time High Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 11:54 PM ET
    Singapore city skyline filled with smog. The Pollution Standard Index (PSI) hit a record high of 400 on Friday, in the hazardous range.

    The Singapore haze, a thick smog caused by crop burning in Indonesia, has reached a record hazardous level on Friday.

  • What's Really Behind China's Cash Crunch Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 11:30 PM ET

    The prospect of liquidity drying up in world's second largest economy is rattling markets inside and outside China, unnerving investors at a time when the Federal Reserve looks set to start unwinding some of monetary stimulus.

  • What's Behind Emerging Markets' and China Selloff Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 3:56 PM ET

    Why have emerging markets been hit so hard by talk of an end to the Fed's bond buying program? You have to go back to the basic belief about the program.

  • China Is Dealing With an Addiction Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 3:33 PM ET

    After the 2008 financial crisis, China kept the credit taps open. The companies and local governments that got accustomed to lots of cash now find themselves cut off.

  • China Stocks Bear Brunt of Growth Fears Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 6:28 AM ET

    Chinese shares sank to multi-month lows as fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy were exacerbated by further weakness in its vast manufacturing sector.

  • Sony CEO Asks for Patience on Spinoff Plan Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    Sony shareholders pressed its chief executive for a response to Third Point's proposal for a partial spinoff of its entertainment arm but Kazuo Hirai pleaded for their patience.

  • Slump Strips Aussie Dollar of Poster Child Status Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 3:58 AM ET

    The Aussie was served a double blow on Thursday, falling to its lowest level against the greenback since 2010, and experts expect the currency to fall further in the months ahead.

  • 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.

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