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    Confidence shrinks in Europe and year-end weighs on the yen - it's time for your FX Fix.

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    As the West outsources to Bangalore, parents here outsource childcare, sometimes around the clock, the New York Times reports.

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    Friday's move higher in gold ignores a longer-term shift in investor sentiment.

  • Indian customers look at gold jewellery items on display at the Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) store in Ahmedabad.

    A subset of Indian jewelry companies, from the exclusive houses Bhagat and Nirav Modi to the more accessible label Amrapali, is embracing the importance of branding, the New York Times reports.

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    As demand continues to rise and geopolitical risks continue push prices higher, many wonder if oil prices will halt their ascent.

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    Demography has rarely made it onto the political agenda. But that is changing. These days you see news items about China's one-child policy, or gendercide. And you hear a lot about the aging of populations in rich countries and the health and pensions problems this will bring.

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    The dollar stays aloft and Brazil talks tough - it's time for your FX Fix.

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    Gas prices are rising because demand is rising in the developing world, which is a more consistent and growing pressure than fluctuating tensions in the Middle East, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Passers by are reflected on the logo of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) outside its headquarters in Mumbai on January 29, 2010. India's central bank kept interest rates on hold Friday but moved to drain liquidity from the banking system in a bid to tame surging inflation without hurting economic recovery. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) boosted its cash reserve ratio -- the sum commercial banks keep on deposit -- by a higher-than-expected 75 basis points to 5.75 percent in what it said was a bi

    Despite rapidly slowing growth, India’s central bank will not cut rates at its meeting on Thursday, because inflation continues to be a threat, says Rajeev Malik.

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    Developed economies are still experiencing an economic “hard landing” after the credit crunch, despite data showing small increases in gross domestic product, Stephen Gallo, head of market analysis at Schneider Foreign Exchange, said in an interview.

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    Smaller G20 currencies have outperformed the big four all year, and this strategist sees the trend continuing.

  • After U.S. stocks finished higher for the second straight session, Cramer on Thursday noted that most issues that had worried investors earlier in the week have since been addressed.

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    Despite the lingering debt crisis and an incubating recession in many nations of the European Union, many global companies say they are maintaining or even increasing their investments in the euro zone and elsewhere on the Continent. The NYT reports.

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    Tensions with Iran, rather than supply and demand, may be the reason gas prices have been consistently climbing, but what has yet to be seen is the impact that this will have on the economy and the country on the whole.

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    Yum is targeting Indian students and young office workers with adaptations of popular Western fast-food products designed to appeal to their unique tastes — hoping this will mirror its success story in China, which now contributes half of its operating profit.

  • Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    Investors turning to the still-expanding BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China should be aware that these countries remain exposed to risks – including internal conflict and the impact of climate change – which could undermine their potential for attractive returns, a new report by global analysts Maplecroft warned on Monday.

  • Worries over the European debt crisis, a slow recovery in the U.S. and fears over a "hard landing" for China’s economy have left global investors searching for new markets to put their money in. For long-term investors that means looking for economies that have strong growth prospects driven by competitive advantages such as demographics, natural resources or geography. We've come up with a list of the ten best countries for long-term growth based on a report from HSBC titled: The World in 2050.

    Worries over the European debt crisis, a slow recovery in the U.S. and fears over a "hard landing" for China’s economy have left global investors searching for new markets to put their money in. What are the countries with the best prospects for growth?

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    Demand for gold hit an all-time high in 2011 as European, Indian and Chinese demand soared.

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    Couples in India may be getting a break from Hindu extremists on this Valentine’s Day, but they will find pursuing love is more expensive this year. The New York Times reports.

  • American companies adding outsourcing and back office operations in Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Mumbai, are resulting in a boon for high-end hotel brands seeking to build properties in India. The New York Times reports.