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  • Car Keys and Money

    Gearing up for times like these are exactly the reason the Big 3 went through the painful restructuring of the last four years. Automakers need to be nimble when the demand shifts and it will be shifting as prices at the pump move closer to $4 a gallon.

  • Golden Sule Pagoda, Rangoon, Myanmar

    As investors chase yields by investing in high growth emerging markets, private equity firm Leopard Capital is looking beyond traditional economic powerhouses like China and India, to less talked about frontier markets including Myanmar, Bangladesh and Cambodia based on their future growth potential.

  • A new report by Experian shows a healthy improvement in new and used car loans.

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    Is there a point where gas becomes so expensive and so onerous that it forces a large chunk of would be car and truck buyers to put off making a purchase? You bet.

  • Tokyo stock screens

    Japan’s trade deficit surged to a record high in January underscoring the grim outlook for the world’s third largest economy. However, equity strategists believe the weak economic data will compel the Bank of Japan to further expand its asset purchase program, offering a boost to the country’s undervalued stocks.

  • The Vita Hill Social Club, which opened recently on the corner of Gough and Union, in the quiet Cow Hollow district of San Francisco, has the air of an exclusive gentlemen’s club, with its green leather chesterfield sofas, potted ferns and bar. The FT reports.

  • Standard & Poor's warned on Monday it could lower Japan's sovereign rating if the economy expands less than expected or if public debt continues to grow, as the country's unpopular government struggles to win support for higher taxes.

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    Japan logged a record trade deficit in January, government data showed on Monday, the clearest evidence to date of pain from a firm yen, a global slowdown and rising fuel imports needed to offset declining use of nuclear power.

  • Car on road

    The age of self-driven or autonomous cars is here. Nevada has become the first state in the country to approve regulations that will allow self-driving vehicles on the road in that state.

  • Dr. Marc Faber

    Stock markets all over the world are currently overbought, and emerging market stocks, which have had a strong start to the year, will be the most vulnerable when the correction comes, Marc Faber, the editor of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, told CNBC on Friday.

  • Latest Libor Probe Developments

    As ten enforcement agencies throughout the globe have been investigating a possible Libor rates fixing scandal for up to eighteen months, what regulators were looking for "doesn't seem to be what they are now encountering in terms of potential abuse," Megan Murphy, investment banking correspondent for the Financial Times, told CNBC.

  • Yen coins and banknotes

    Japan's government approved on Friday a plan to gradually double the 5 percent sales tax to pay for welfare spending in an admission that it failed to woo the opposition to cooperate on the draft.

  • Here's the turnaround story behind General Motors - from bankruptcy to its biggest profit ever.

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    For years we’ve been reporting on automakers doing a better job building cars and trucks.

  • Tesla's Model X

    Tesla is expected to report a Q4 loss after the bell today, and many on Wall Street continue to be bullish on the stock.

  • Asian man kissing girlfriend goodbye

    Nearly two-thirds of married couples and people with a significant other say their partner is the most important source of happiness in their lives, according to a new global poll released on Valentine's Day.

  • Woman on Escalator at Midtown Tokyo

    Workers around the developed world have been complaining of a squeeze on incomes over the past 20 years, but in Japan, thinner pay packets fuel wider deflation — making it even harder for the government to rein in its debt and for the BOJ to boost growth. The FT reports.

  • A bank teller counts 10,000 yen (118 USD) bank notes in Tokyo on September 22, 2010. The USD tumbled against the yen in Asia after the US Federal Reserve indicated it was prepared to take further measures to boost a faltering economic recovery. The USD fell to 84.80 yen in Tokyo morning trade, down from 85.15 yen in New York.

    The Bank of Japan on Tuesday eased its policy by boosting asset purchases and defined 1 percent consumer inflation as a near-term goal in response to growing calls for more action to help the economy mired in deflation and weighed down by a strong yen.

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    Budget carriers in Asia, which have seen surging growth over the last decade, are now looking to tap the long-haul market.

  • Tom Enders, CEO of aircraft manufacturer Airbus

    Airbus CEO Tom Enders said the company will fix problems in the wings of the A380 superjumbo, after cracks were detected last month, and said he hoped the issue won't hurt sales of the aircraft in its target markets of Asia and the Middle East.