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Jean Chua

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  • By: Jean Chua

    The Fed minutes triggered a sell-off in equities as investors fretted over a possible end to historically low interest rates. The upside? Analysts say this reflects confidence in the U.S. economy.

  • Why Inflation in China Will Raise Its Head Again
    By: Jean Chua

    Inflation in Asia may be under control, but prices across the region could soon start to creep higher, with India and Southeast Asia the most vulnerable, warns independent economist Andy Xie.

  • By: Jean Chua

    Markets are relieved that the U.S. Congress has approved a deal to avert a "fiscal cliff", but analysts warn that investors now face a rocky two months ahead as negotiations over the debt ceiling begin.

  • By: Jean Chua

    Asian stocks have made hefty gains this year despite global economic uncertainty, but in the weeks ahead, analysts warn against a possible pull-back in equities if the U.S. is unable to avert the "fiscal cliff" – a series of tax hikes and spending cuts that could tip the world's largest economy into recession.

  • Investors watch the electronic board at a stock exchange hall in Huaibei, China.
    By: Jean Chua

    Chinese stocks have gained more than 11 percent in December after languishing in negative territory for most of 2012, prompting analysts to say 2013 could finally be the year for Chinese stocks to break out of the doldrums.

  • By: Jean Chua

    The yen fell to a two-year low on Thursday, continuing its rapid downtrend that started in the middle of last month. But analysts warn that the yen could end up firmer by the end of 2013 as the Federal Reserve will stay ahead of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) in monetary easing, which means the dollar will fall at a more rapid pace.

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    By: Jean Chua

    The negative sentiment that overshadowed China's banks earlier this year is fading and the sector is poised for strong gains in 2013, while brighter economic prospects should fuel a rally in Japanese bank shares.

  • U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner
    By: Jean Chua

    House Speaker John Boehner called off a vote on Thursday to raise taxes for wealthy Americans, bringing the country on the brink of going over the "fiscal cliff."

  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange
    By: Jean Chua

    After hitting a four-year low in 2012, Hong Kong's once red-hot IPO market is forecast to pick up as the Chinese economy revives and boosts sentiment for fund-raising.

  • By: Jean Chua

    The Japanese yen has fallen about 6 percent over the past one month, and is expected to weaken further. As the weaker currency increases the Japanese economy's competitiveness, it's also likely to boost sentiment for Asian equities, said analysts.