Dhara Ranasinghe is Senior Writer with CNBC.com, covering a range of topics including the global economy, financial markets and corporate news. Before joining CNBC, Dhara was a correspondent and sub editor with Reuters news agency in London and Singapore. She has reported on European Treasury markets, Asian economies and currency markets and edited company news stories. Dhara holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the London School of Economics.
Businesses confidence in Singapore rose in the first half of the year on the back of improving access to capital and a brighter economic outlook, a survey published by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) on Thursday showed.
Tokyo is one of three cities in the running to host the 2020 Olympic Games and there are a number of Japanese stocks that could do well if Tokyo wins the bid.
India's central bank has spent the last few weeks making a concerted effort to prop up the battered rupee, but its latest rhetoric may have already undone that hard work with the currency back within sight of record lows against the dollar.
Steps that encourage China's 260 million migrant workers to settle into cities should help turn them into urban spenders and underpin growth amid worries of a sharp slowdown in the world's second biggest economy, a new report from HSBC suggests.