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  • Central Bank 'Crackpot Ideas' Splitting Society: Pro Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 4:54 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Building, Washington, D.C.

    Loose monetary policy by central banks around the world has made us sick, according to Societe Generale's former strategist Dylan Grice, who says that cheap money has caused divisions in society and in some cases could even add to the risk of war.

  • Can a Pawn Shop Revive Hong Kong's IPO Market? Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 4:05 AM ET

    Could the successful listing of a Hong Kong pawn shop, whose shares surged over 30 percent on their debut Tuesday, be the catalyst that injects life back into the city's lackluster IPO market?

  • Has India's Economy Turned a Corner? Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 3:16 AM ET

    India's industrial output expanded for the first time in three months in January, an early sign that Asia's third largest economy may have turned a corner but it likely won't prevent the central bank from easing monetary policy further.

  • Talk of a "great rotation" out of bonds and into equities is misleading, according to Lombard Odier.

  • Why $1,540 Is a Critical Level for Gold Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 12:35 AM ET

    The most important number for COMEX gold is $1,540 an ounce. This has determined the precious metal's course in the past and could do so going forward.

  • Why the Bank of Korea Could Cut Rates Soon Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 10:13 PM ET

    South Korea's central bank is expected to hold fire, keeping its policy rate steady for a fifth straight month, while the odds of at least one more cut this year have increased as the local economy struggles to gain momentum.

  • Less Is More: The Message China Must Heed Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 9:08 PM ET

    It is likely to be tough, but China's new leadership needs to do less and not more if it wants an economy driven by consumption rather than investment and exports.

  • China Politics Keep Central Bank Hawks at Bay Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 8:38 PM ET

    Fierce lobbying by central government agencies and debt-laden local governments is keeping the hawks at China's central bank in check for now.

  • Why Barclays Is Positive On Renren  Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 8:23 PM ET

    Alicia Yap, Barclays's Head of China Internet Research and Asia Ex-Japan Equity Research, explains why she is still positive on Chinese social networking company Renren despite the current quarter's weak guidance.

  • Thousands of Dead Pigs Found in Shanghai River Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 8:09 PM ET

    Shanghai government officials were scrambling to solve the mystery of nearly 3,000 dead pigs dumped in a suburban river that is an important source of the city's drinking water, the latest environmental crisis to hit China. The Financial Times reports.

  • Yum China Sales Rise Unexpectedly in February Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 8:07 PM ET

    KFC parent Yum Brands Inc reported an unexpected 2 percent rise in February sales at established restaurants in China, boosted by Chinese New Year and easing worries about a food safety scare that drove away customers.

  • Commentary: N. Korea May Have Reason to Be Scared Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 2:15 PM ET
    People watch a television broadcast on North Korea.

    Americans may believe North Korea has threatened to attack without provocation, but the U.S. and its allies have been doing some offensive posturing, Jen Alic writes in Oilprice.com.

  • China: Time of Transition Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 2:06 PM ET

    The challenges of China's old guard are very different from the issues the new leaders will encounter because of the country's strong economy. CNBC explores China during this time of transition.

  • Samsung's New Galaxy S4 Smartphone: What to Expect Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 1:10 PM ET
    Purported image of the Samsung Galaxy IV.

    Days before Samsung unveils its new Galaxy smartphone Thursday, there's been no shortage of rumors about the device.

  • Fakes and forgeries that fooled the experts Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 10:32 AM ET

    There’s a lot of risk involved in passing off a forgery, but people do it anyway, for ego gratification or pure profit. An expert can stop a buyer from getting fleeced, but even experts get fooled. Read ahead to see CNBC.com’s list of fakes and forgeries that fooled the experts.

  • Alibaba Group Picks Jonathan Lu as Next CEO Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 8:51 AM ET
    Alibaba.com's headquarters in Hangzhou, China

    Alibaba Group has chosen Jonathan Lu, its Chief Data Officer who has more than a decade of experience in executive roles, to lead China's largest e-commerce company as it prepares to launch an initial public offering.

  • No Information Lost in Hack Attack, Australia Says Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 6:51 AM ET

    Australia's central bank said it had been targeted by cyberattacks and that no data had been lost or systems compromised.

  • China's Dream of US-Style Shale Gas Boom in Trouble Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    China's plans to unlock what could be the world's biggest shale gas reserves risk running further off track after 16 firms recently awarded exploration rights lacked one core skill - not one has drilled a gas well before.

  • Shiseido President to Resign, Shares Jump Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 2:33 AM ET

    The president of Shiseido will resign and be replaced by the company's chairman after a two-year stint that saw profits suffer, the Japanese cosmetics maker said on Monday.

  • BOJ Nominee Vows Action as Data Disappoint Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 1:53 AM ET
    Haruhiko Kuroda

    The Japan government's choice to lead the country's central bank promised on Monday to move quickly to implement fresh monetary stimulus to lift the struggling economy.

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