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  • Physical demand for gold from Asian consumers may be showing some modest signs of stabilization but the buying interest so common at this time of year during religious festivals and the wedding season still won't be strong enough to lift prices above $1,800 an ounce, strategists said.

  • Countries With Aging Populations Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 10:32 PM ET

    The world is rapidly aging. A whopping two billion people will be 60 years and older by 2050, more than triple the number in 2000.

  • Does India Have Too Many Billionaires? Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 1:01 PM ET

    New data reveal a staggering increase in billionaires’ wealth as a percentage of national income in India to a whopping 22 percent in 2008.

  • Ghosn Signals Nissan May Cut Profit Outlook Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:47 PM ET

    Japan's second largest automaker says it is "realistic" to expect the company to cut its forecasts for the full year when it reports earnings next week, its chief executive Carlos Ghosn told CNBC.

  • Where the Currency Action Is Now Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    These pros say emerging market currencies are the place to be - if you're picky. 

  • Hong Kong’s latest round of property measures to curb speculation by foreign buyers is likely to have a minimal impact on cooling sky-high prices in the island-state, say experts, with tight supply conditions and demand from local homebuyers preventing any large declines in home values. 

  • The Bank of Japan is tipped to ease monetary policy on Tuesday by expanding its asset-purchase program for a second straight month and analysts reckon it won’t be the last time either as the central bank ramps up its efforts to prop up a weak economy.

  • 10-Year Outlook for Asian Equities     Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 1:30 AM ET

    Ashish Goyal, Chief Investment Officer, Asia and Global Emerging Market Equities at Eastspring Investments, says strong economic growth and attractive valuations are the main reasons he is bullish on Asian equities over the next 10 years.

  • Hong Kong Property Transactions to Decline     Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

    Raymond Yeung, Senior Economist, Greater China, ANZ says as a result of the city's new cooling measures, clients are more likely to hold onto properties rather than sell to provide the market with supply.

  • Southeast Asia—A New Hot Spot for Private Equity? Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 1:18 AM ET

    Global private equity firms are fast stepping up their focus on Southeast Asia, a region that boasts high growth, favorable demographics and rising consumer affluence.

  • Beijing's Policy Tuning Saved China: Pro     Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:20 PM ET

    Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital says Beijing might unleash only a small stimulus. He adds their policy tuning approach has effectively saved China from a hard landing.

  • Penguin and Random House in Deal Talks Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:05 PM ET

    Bertelsmann and Pearson are in talks about combining their publishing divisions, Random House and Penguin, to create a global market leader in response to the strategic challenges of the fast-growing ebook business. The FT reports.

  • Here's the Upside to South Korea's Soft Q3 GDP     Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:01 PM ET

    Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital says South Korea's small third-quarter gain is still good news since it means the country is avoiding a recession.

  • When Will Companies Snap Out of It? Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 3:59 PM ET

    What’s been showing up in this quarter’s earnings reports should now show up in Friday’s third quarter gross domestic product release: Corporate America is worried, and its move to the sidelines is slowing down the economy.

  • Are Gold Bulls Being Set Up for a Major Letdown? Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:22 AM ET

    Gold prices have fallen 5 percent in the space of just over two weeks on prospects for weak global growth and inflation, and commodity experts tell CNBC that with no major catalyst to drive prices back up, gold bulls targeting $2000 an ounce by year-end are in for a major let down.

  • Adapt Now: Japan Firms Heed Message in China Dispute Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:35 AM ET

    Japanese companies, bearing the brunt of the economic fallout from a territorial dispute between China and Japan, appear to be heeding one message from the spat: adapt now or pay the price of a dispute that looks likely to rumble on for some time.

  • Myanmar's Making Investment Rules Clearer     Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 8:20 PM ET

    Andrew Rickards, CEO, Yoma Strategic Holdings says that there's a lot of scope to invest in Myanmar as the country makes its investment rules clearer.

  • India’s Secret Weapon: Its Young Population Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    Its youthful population that gives it a competitive edge over regional peers China and Japan and setting it apart from countries across the world.

  • Can Japan’s Elderly Become Its Growth Engine? Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:20 PM ET

    There is a silver lining to Japan’s aging problem - the country’s elderly have emerged as big spenders, even as others tighten their purse strings.

  • China, the manufacturing hub of the world, is under threat of losing that title as its population ages fast leading to a huge labor shortfall.

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