Ansuya Harjani joined CNBC's web and digital team in 2010, where she writes investment and feature articles with a focus on Asian economies. Prior to joining CNBC, she was a producer for the BBC's "Asia Business Report." Harjani holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Virginia.
The yuan has overtaken the euro as the second most used currency in trade finance, says SWIFT.
The United States is now the world's most generous nation, according to a global index of giving, knocking Australia off the top spot.
The rise in the value of bitcoin – which has surged more than 8,000 percent over 2013 – has created a new breed of digital currency multimillionaires.
As Abenomics gives Japan's sluggish housing market a new lease on life, there's one group keen to cash in on the resurgent market: the Chinese.
Despite trillions of dollars in stimulus unleashed by major central banks, investors see deflation as a bigger threat than inflation, a survey showed.
Goldman Sachs is most bullish on Japanese and European equities in 2014, maintaining an overweight rating on both markets.