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  • United States, Japan Now Money Printing Allies Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 2:45 PM ET

    U.S. markets, particularly the riskiest areas of investment, are likely to benefit at least near term from the latest entrant to the central bank money-printing arena: Japan.

  • Bird Flu Fears: New Headwind for China Stocks? Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 2:28 AM ET

    Fears over a bird flu outbreak in China sent markets tumbling to multi-month lows on Monday, casting doubt over whether 2013 could still be the breakout year for Chinese equities.

  • Uh-Oh, China Could Ruffle Vietnam by Doing This Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 12:33 AM ET

    China will this month start allowing tourists to visit the Paracel Islands, one of a group of disputed islets and reefs in the South China Sea, a move likely to irk rival claimant Vietnam. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Global Economy Is Back on the Slippery Slope Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 12:13 AM ET

    Three months in, and already there is a nagging sense that 2013, like last year and the one before, will produce another disappointing vintage for the world economy.

  • Japan's Largest Lender Adds to US Assets Arsenal Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | 11:40 PM ET

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Japan's largest lender by assets, is in advanced talks to buy U.S. commercial property loans from Deutsche Bank worth about $3.7 billion.

  • Will Asian Currencies Forever Disappoint? Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | 11:14 PM ET
    Why Asian Currencies Should Celebrate Obama's Win

    Most Asian currencies have found it impossible to carve out any sort of trend, regardless of a country's underlying fundamentals. A forex manager looks at the result.

  • Korean Peninsula Crackles With Nuclear Tensions   Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | 9:40 PM ET
    North Korea's Nuclear Threat

    As the rhetoric from North Korea flares up, NBC's Jim Maceda has the latest update.

  • We Have Bird Flu Outbreak Under Control, China Says Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | 7:33 PM ET

    China is confident it can control an outbreak of a new strain of bird flu, a senior Chinese health official said on Sunday as the World Health Organization (WHO) said there had now been 21 human cases of the H7N9 flu.

  • Here's One US Industry That's Found Home in China Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | 6:46 AM ET
    Super 8 Xian Xidajie - Xidajie, China

    Hotel chains are expanding in China as its growing middle class fuels demand for domestic travel and lodging. But is the sector too hot?

  • North Korean officials.

    North Korea has asked embassies in Pyongyang that might wish to get staff out if there is a war to submit plans to it by April 10, Britain said on Friday.

  • North Korea to Become the Next Iran: Citi Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 4:05 AM ET

    Tensions in North Korea have overtaken Iran as the major geopolitical risk of the year, according to a report from Citi Research, a division of Citigroup Global Markets.

  • Yen Selling May Become an 'Avalanche,' Soros Says Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 3:00 AM ET
    George Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management

    The policy measures taken in Japan to revive economic growth are "quite dangerous," says George Soros.

  • Nikkei Erupts and This Time It May Be Different Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 2:44 AM ET

    The Nikkei surged by up to 4.7 percent a day after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) gave investors what they were waiting for, and analysts say the current rally is gaining a momentum of its own and not simply riding on a weakening yen.

  • China Rolls Up Sleeves in Fight Against Bird Flu Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 12:32 AM ET
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    China said it was mobilizing resources nationwide to combat a new strain of bird flu that has killed six people, as Japan, Hong Kong and the United States stepped up vigilance.

  • Singapore’s Dilemma: A Two-Speed Economy Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 11:05 PM ET

    The curious characteristic of the Singaporean economy is that while some sectors are clearly going through a soft patch others like property are booming. How can this island state reconcile this dilemma?

  • Won Drops to 7-Month Low, Socked by North Korea Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 10:36 PM ET
    Korean Won.jpg

    The South Korean won dropped to a fresh 7-month low against the dollar early on Friday as investors remained wary of more bellicose rhetoric from North Korea and with inter-Korean tension escalating.

  • Apple Waning? Its Key Supplier Not Feeling It Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 9:12 PM ET
    Foxconn Admits Employing 14-Year-Old Interns

    Foxconn has record high annual revenue and, in the last quarter of 2012, its highest operating margins in three years despite Apple's continued troubles. The Financial Times reports.

  • China's Solar Sector, No Longer a Bright Light   Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 8:50 PM ET
    Solar field, France

    China's solar energy sector is no longer a bright spot as overcapacity hits firms. Eunice Yoon reports.

  • Samsung Snaps Winning Streak in Record Profits Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 7:46 PM ET

    The iPhone's main adversary estimated its January-March operating profit rose 53 percent to $7.7 billion, marking the end of five straight quarters of record profits for the world's biggest techn firm by revenue.

  • Why Central Banks Are Reluctant to Follow Japan Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 7:33 PM ET
    Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan

    In contrast to the Bank of Japan's radical monetary shift announced on Thursday, the ECB and BOE policy decisions that followed were underwhelming in comparison. The Financial Times reports.

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