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  • 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.

  • Asia Caught Off Guard by Its Aging Population Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:20 PM ET

    Asia's populations are graying very rapidly and the continent looks ill-prepared to face the challenges, writes an expert.

  • Eight Ways to Invest in Aging Asia Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:18 PM ET

    Asia, home to some of the world's fastest-growing economies, is also aging fast. The region is undergoing a major demographic change that presents both challenges and opportunities.

  • Governments in Asia are stepping in to organize matchmaking events in a desperate attempt to stem falling birth rates.

  • Weak US Earnings Cast Shadow Over Risk Appetite Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:10 PM ET

    A slew of weak U.S. corporate earnings results have bought concerns about the global economic outlook back to the fore with a vengeance, threatening to end a four-month long rally in world stock markets and other risk assets.

  • A 40 mile stretch of a toll road between Austin and San Antonio, Texas will allow drivers to go 85 miles per hour — the highest speed limit on any highway in the U.S.

  • Is Spain Facing Japan-Style Stagnation? Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:57 AM ET

    The credit crisis has led to the U.S., the U.K. and even the entire euro zone being dubbed the "new Japan" – with the Asian country synonymous with a particular kind of extended stagnation.

  • Asian Stocks’ Dream Run to Continue, Say Experts Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 3:20 AM ET

    Asian equities have had a dream run over the past three months with some markets in the region seeing double-digit gains, and strategists expect bullish sentiment to spill into next year.

  • After QE3, Can the Fed Excite Markets This Week? Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 12:40 AM ET

    Just because last month’s Federal Reserve meeting came with some punch with the announcement of aggressive stimulus measures to boost the U.S. economy, does not mean this month’s meeting is any less important, Fed watchers say.

  • The Greatest Threat to the United States     Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 10:14 PM ET

    Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama discuss the greatest threats to the national security of this country, including violent extremists and potential economic threats from China.

  • India Leaves Foreign Investors Unamused Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 10:04 PM ET

    India has been treated over the past few days to a slightly comical corporate drama, in which a foreign multinational is for once accused not of bribery, poisoning the water supply or selling worm-infested fast food, but of secretly attempting to invest. The FT reports.

  • Australian Bonds Still in Demand     Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 7:20 PM ET

    Laura Fitzsimmons, VP, Futures & Options, JPMorgan Investment Bank says that there is still offshore demand for AAA-rated Australian bonds.

  • As Asia Slows, Luxury Watchmakers Count on Elite Buyers

  • Americans Buying Fewer New Cars in Lifetime Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 12:26 PM ET

    Chalk another one up for the recession and how it has altered life in America. New analysis by the automotive research firm Polk shows Americans can now expect to buy fewer new cars during their lifetime.

  • Should Australia Drop the Idea of a Budget Surplus? Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 12:45 AM ET

    The Australian government on Monday lowered its expectations for a budget surplus as falling commodity prices coupled with slower growth begins to bite, giving rise to the question: should the country drop the idea of a surplus?

  • Fresh Windows, but Where’s the Start Button? Sunday, 21 Oct 2012 | 10:11 PM ET

    A radical new design of Microsoft’s flagship operating system is likely to cause some head-scratching when Windows 8 goes on sale this Friday. The New York Times reports.

  • Just a month ago traders were on high alert for intervention from Japan to weaken its surging currency. Now that the yen is falling against the dollar, the pressure on Japan to take action has eased, but not for long, said analysts.

  • Suddenly, Everyone's Turning Bullish on China Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:49 AM ET

    What a difference a quarter makes. After months of jitters over a possible hard landing in China, market watchers are quickly turning optimistic on the outlook for the world’s second largest economy following a spate of reassuring data this week.

  • Walmart Probed in India Over Investment Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:23 PM ET

    Walmart, the world’s largest retailer by sales, is being investigated in India over accusations that it secretly invested in supermarkets, flouting a ban on foreign direct investment in the sector. The FT reports.

  • Korean Firm Indicted in Alleged Theft of DuPont Secrets Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    A federal grand jury in Richmond, Va., has indicted a South Korean firm and five of its executives for allegedly conspiring to steal trade secrets from DuPont used in the manufacture of Kevlar.

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