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  • Asia's Biggest Headache: Inflation?     Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 7:17 PM ET

    Gary Dugan, CIO, Asia & Middle East at Coutts thinks Asian governments have more flexibility in economic policy than their U.S. and European peers. He cautions that inflation could be a major problem for Asian economies.

  • BMWs 'DriveNow' Program Launches in San Francisco Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 12:46 PM ET

    Its DriveNow program has officially launched in San Francisco where board member Ian Robertson believes those living in the city by the bay will embrace having a luxury car ready to rent.

  • Impact of Gu's Verdict on Bo Xilai     Sunday, 19 Aug 2012 | 7:50 PM ET

    Kerry Brown, Executive Director, China Studies Center at University of Sydney discusses the Gu Kailai case and how it led to the downfall of her husband Bo Xilai.

  • Bo Xilai

    Wang Lijun reveled in his image as the consummate crime fighter,  revealing to American diplomats in February his suspicions that the wife of Bo Xilai, had murdered a British business associate.  But there is another side to Mr. Wang, now accused by many people of being as much a criminal as those he boasted of persecuting.  Th New York Times reports.

  • Can Emerging Market Consumers Keep Spending? Saturday, 18 Aug 2012 | 12:12 AM ET
    Residents shop for local goods at one of the downtown's busy sidewalk markets in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Greater spending from the burgeoning emerging market middle class is one of those themes global and emerging market investors have clung to as developed market consumers and governments deleverage. But there’s a growing risk emerging market consumers could start pulling back as industrial commodity prices fall and higher food prices lighten consumers’ wallets.

  • New Fiat 500 Unveiled in Hot California Market Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 12:45 PM ET

    The new Fiat comes with a price tag under $20,000 and will sell for a fraction of the price you’ll find with other luxury cars.

  • Asia's Territorial Disputes     Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 6:50 PM ET

    Colin Chapman, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Stratfor says the major countries involved in island disputes - China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan - all have political problems at home. Tension over the islands provide a good distraction.

  • America’s Car-Mart Soars on Low-End Sales Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 6:40 PM ET

    The subprime auto market continues to churn out strong results for the largest U.S. dealership.

  • Singapore: World’s Richest Country by 2050? Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 10:40 AM ET
    Louis Vuitton at North Pavilion, Marina Bay. Further in distant is business district of Singapore.

    The study predicts that Singapore — that little Southeast Asian city-state with loads of Type A zeal — will be the world's richest nation by 2050.

  • Dunkin Donuts

    Last spring Dunkin' Donuts launched a campaign in South Korea known as Flavor Radio to build brand awareness for their coffee. Devices that looked and operated like air fresheners were installed on commuter buses in Seoul to lure in customers to their stores.

  • Turkey Economic Profile Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    Population: 73,639,596 Currency: Lira Natural resources: coal, iron ore, copper, chromium, antimony, mercury, gold, barite, borate, celestite (strontium), emery, feldspar, limestone, magnesite, marble, perlite, pumice, pyrites, clay, arable land, hydropower Industries: textiles, food processing, autos, electronics, mining (coal, chromate, copper, boron), steel, petroleum, construction, lumber, paper

  • Investors and India: Is a Bollywood Ending Possible? Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 9:56 PM ET
    Mumbai, India skyline.

    India has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately - erratic policy, massive power failures and the risk of becoming the first BRIC country to lose its investment grade status. But is it wise of investors to ignore about 6 percent growth in an era where many economies are struggling to stay out of recession?

  • Long, Deep China Slowdown     Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 6:20 PM ET

    Bill Smead, CEO & CIO, Smead Capital Management says that China's slowdown will be longer and deeper than anyone expects.

  • Money Still Flowing to India     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 8:20 PM ET

    Hans Goetti, Chief Investment Officer Asia, Finaport says that foreign money is driving Indian markets and valuations looks inexpensive right now.

  • RBI: Measures Have Helped Support Rupee     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 8:15 PM ET

    Subir Gokarn, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India says the slide in the rupee over the past month has been less steep, and that measures to support the currency are helping.

  • Commodity Prices: Asia's Inflation Wildcard?     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

    Rob Subbaraman, Chief Asia Economist, Nomura says a swing in commodity prices could heavily impact inflation in Asia. He adds that Southeast Asian countries and India are most exposed to a run-up in commodity prices.

  • Tackling high inflation remains the top priority for India’s central bank and it is the government’s responsibility to do more to spur growth in the weakening economy, Subir Gokarn, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) tells CNBC.

  • Stressful Time for Insurance Companies     Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 | 8:50 PM ET

    Kurt Karl, Chief Economist, Swiss Re says that investment arms of insurance companies are facing a tough time as they can't guarantee the yields that they were able to before the crisis.

  • Domestic Demand Will Be Key Driver of Growth     Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 | 8:35 PM ET

    Chetan Ahya, Asia Pacific and India Economist, Morgan Stanley says investors should look at countries that are creating domestic demand on a sustainable basis because that will be the key to growth over the longer term.

  • G20 Plans Response to Rising Food Prices Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 | 7:02 PM ET
    A rotting ear of corn sits on a struggling corn plant in a drought-stricken farm field.

    G20 countries are to step in to try and co-ordinate a response to surging food prices, after the worst U.S. drought in half a century devastated crops in the world’s largest agricultural exporter, the Financial Times reports.

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