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  • International investor Jim Rogers

    Japan's nuclear disaster is going to increase demand for natural gas and oil for a while and oil prices will rise but the world cannot do without nuclear energy yet, investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Wednesday.

  • China

    The world's biggest economies are recovering from the Great Recession at troublesome speeds: too fast or too slow.

  • Perhaps we were wrong to cite the CBOE's VIX contract as a good indicator of market volatility? Recent events, including on-going military action in Libya and the Portugal sovereign debt crisis, would have suggested that the market should sell off on greater uncertainty, and yet the VIX fell from 29 last week to 17 today. Are investors becoming more sanguine about these issues?

  • Here's what you should be watching Thursday, March 30.

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    "It all comes down to Friday and the non-farm payrolls," said one market-watcher. "What if it comes in at 120,000, or 130,000, and unemployment goes back up to 9 percent? There's going to be a tremendous amount of resistance on the part of the FOMC to give it up."

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    The list of trip wires for the markets is getting longer. We decided to do a little trouble shooting to see if there are others lurking out there for 2011.

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    The volatility switch has flipped in the energy sector, creating opportunities for investors ready to buy at increasingly attractive entry points in what may be a repeat of the 2008 mega-rally.

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    Investment flows turned against Asia-Pacific in the first quarter of this year, but the most promising markets look  poised for another wave of hot money in the second half of 2011.

  • Rescue workers carry a body from the rubble in Rikuzentakata, Japan.

    Londons Man Group performed an nifty feat of media management today.

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    The current market environment reminds me of the movie “Wayne’s world” that I saw longer ago than I care to remember. The party mood on the markets just continues in the face of clear and present dangers.

  • Financial markets are on the rise, defying geopolitical threats as investors take their cue from a healthy long-term economic outlook , and earnings for the first quarter are likely to show positive surprises, Michael Browne, Fund Manager at Martin Currie said Monday.

  • Electric power poles lean over a road March 21, 2011 in Asahi, Chiba, Japan. Japan.Ten days after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, the death toll has risen to at least 8,600 dead with thousands still missing. Presently the country is struggling to contain a potential nuclear meltdown after the nuclear plant was seriously damaged from the quake.

    The term “rolling blackouts” has become shorthand for noting one way Japan is trying to cope with its national calamity. Experts say it may be next year before anything close to full electrical power is restored in Japan. The New York  Times reports.

  • Mercedes

    Supply disruptions related to the earthquake and related crisis in Japan haven't affected Mercedes-Benz yet, but could down the road, warned Ernst Lieb, the automaker's U.S. CEO, in an interview with CNBC.

  • Goldman Sachs

    At least four Goldman Sachs executives flew into Japan last week to speak with nervous ex-pat employees about radiation fears, according to a person familiar with the situation. They also conveyed another message: don't leave Japan and don't leave Tokyo.

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    Since the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the auto industry is facing supply chain shortages which are impacting their manufacturing decisions. But paint isn't the only challenge facing automakers. Some auto parts are manufactured in Japan.

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    The reality is, in this century, a global perspective is necessary when investing for portfolio success. Latin America, developing Europe, the Middle East, and Africa all hold promise. And without a doubt the brightest beacon for emerging growth today is Asia.

  • Middle East Unrest & Oil

    An outlook on the oil market as the unrest in the Middle East shows no signs of calming down, with John Hofmeister, former Shell Oil president/CEO, U.S. Operations.

  • Jim Rogers

    Investment opportunities may open up in the oil and natural gas industries as doubts grow over the safety of nuclear power in Japan, investor Jim Rogers, well known for his bullish stance on commodities, told a newspaper Monday.

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    The twin shocks of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the rise in oil prices will not greatly alter growth prospects for 2011 and 2012, according to Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup.

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    Unilever is set to become the first European multinational to launch an offshore renminbi-denominated “dim sum” bond when it raises Rmb300 million ($46 million) from institutional investors in Hong Kong on Monday, bankers say, reports the Financial Times.