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  • This Could Be the Biggest Risk for Markets in 2013 Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 2:07 AM ET

    Political instability in emerging markets, led by China, will be one of the biggest risks for markets in 2013, Ian Bremmer, president of political risk firm Eurasia Group, said on Monday.

  • Biggest Risk to Asia? Not What You Think Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 2:00 AM ET

    As Asian economies shift into recovery mode, inflation appears to be low on the priority list of central bankers, but HSBC's Asia economist warns against such complacency, as he expects a resurgence in price pressures this year, fueled by wage growth.

  • China Foreign Inflows Post First Fall in Three Years Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 12:52 AM ET

    China's foreign direct investment inflows fell last year for the first time since the global financial crisis, slipping 4 percent as a troubled world economy curbed investor enthusiasm for deals in emerging markets.

  • Yen Rebounds After Minister Warns of Excessive Weakness Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 12:33 AM ET

    The yen rebounded from a 2-1/2-year low on Tuesday after Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari's remarks that excessive yen weakness could have a negative impact on the country sparked profit-taking in heavy bets against the Japanese currency.

  • Will Lady Luck Return to Australia This Year? Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 12:13 AM ET

    Often called the "lucky country" because of its rich natural resources, Australia's growth has long been funded by the commodities boom but now, economists say, there are a few other bright spots that could pick up where mining left off.

  • Rio Tinto Output Tops Forecast on Resurgent China Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 11:39 PM ET
    A haul truck is loaded by a digger with material from the pit at Rio Tinto Group's West Angelas iron ore mine in Pilbara, Australia.

    Rio Tinto said on Tuesday its iron ore production beat its own guidance to hit 253 million tons in 2012, as the miner cashes in on resurgent Chinese demand that has driven up prices in recent months.

  • A miner at Vaal River gold mine, operated by AngloGold Ashanti in Klerksdorp, South Africa

    Conflict in the West African state of Mali -- the continent's third-largest gold producer -- poses "manageable" risks for miners active in the country's south as Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels remain confined to strongholds in the north while former colonial power France continues its offensive against militant bases.

  • Eager to tap China’s movie market, Hollywood studios try to win censors’ approval — taking on Chinese partners, tweaking story lines and, when filming in China, inviting bureaucrats to the set. The New York Times reports.

  • You Just Can’t Keep This Currency Down Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 9:12 PM ET

    Forget a weakening economy and the prospect of further monetary easing. Here's what will keep the Aussie dollar robust in the months ahead - a rebound in commodity prices and even lower interest rates among the world's big economies.

  • In what would be a drastic liberalization of China's huge but still cloistered capital markets, the country's top securities regulator said Monday that foreign investment could be allowed to rise as much as tenfold. The NYT reports.

  • Toyota Regains Crown as Top-Selling Automaker Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 7:48 PM ET
    Toyota Motor's logo is seen on a tire wheel of an Avensis sedan.

    Toyota has dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker. The Japanese company sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide in 2012, although it's still counting. GM sold 9.29 million. Both companies saw higher sales.

  • Flashing Plastic in Myanmar     Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 7:35 PM ET

    Ann Cairns, President of International Markets, MasterCard explains how MasterCard is doing business in Myanmar. She adds that much remains to be done to move away from being a cash-based economy.

  • The high-rise Bakrie Tower, which houses the headquarters of Bumi Resources, owned by the Bakrie family in Jakarta

    Indonesia's influential Bakrie family warned on Monday that it could rethink its proposed exit from Bumi, a coal venture it co-founded with Nat Rothschild, if the financier pursues a planned return to the board.

  • Billabong Shares Surge After Second Takeover Bid Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 7:19 PM ET

    Shares in Australia's Billabong International surged more than 12 percent on Tuesday after the struggling surfwear company received a second takeover proposal.

  • Tapping Prudential's 'Sweet Spot': CEO     Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 6:45 PM ET

    Barry Stowe, CEO, Asia, Prudential explains why his firm is focusing its efforts on Cambodia. He discusses the opportunities that Southeast Asia presents to Prudential.

  • Breathing In China's Hazardous Air     Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 6:40 PM ET

    Chinese media on Monday called on the government to improve air quality, days after the Beijing's pollution index went off the charts. CNBC's China correspondent Eunice Yoon reports from the Chinese capital.

  • Chinese companies are deserting U.S. stock markets in record numbers as regulatory scrutiny mounts and the advantages of a U.S. listing slip away. U.S. government investigations of suspect financial reports and battered share prices have for many Chinese companies wrecked the chances of raising new money in the United States.

  • South Korea Stands to Gain as 'Abenomics' Hits Yen Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 6:11 PM ET
    Seoul, South Korea.

    Japan's drive to weaken the yen poses a threat to big South Korean exporters such as Hyundai Motor, but the new government in Seoul may not want to do too much about it - a firming won could actually make the economy stronger.

  • First Shots Fired in 'Currency War' Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 10:58 AM ET
    Dollar, Euro and Iranian Rial

    Japan set the stage for a global currency war, which could hamper the global recovery and relatively robust stock market.

  • India Inflation Turns a Corner, Rupee to Benefit Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 4:41 AM ET
    Indian Rupees

    Inflation appears to have finally turned a corner in India, and a big beneficiary could be the rupee. Find out why.

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