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  • Petronas Towers and Masjid Al-syakirin mosque in Malaysia

    Malaysia is trying to enhance opportunities for its more assertive multinationals as well as bolster investments from the West, the New York Times reports.

  • A Swiss rate cut dents the franc and Europeans go shopping — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Gurgaon City Centre in New Dehli, India

    On a recent wind-whipped morning, a steel-hulled behemoth arrived at a desolate stretch of India’s western coast groaning with enough coal to power a city of one million people for more than two weeks. The New York Times reports.

  • Worries about the debt ceiling derail the dollar, and kiwis fall after trade data disappoints  - it's time for your daily FX Fix.

  • China's flag flies over octagonal structures built on stilts in the Philippine-claimed Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands located in the South China Sea.

    Not a single Asian country with territorial claims in the South China Sea has installed an oil drill in the heart of the disputed region, but that might soon change.

  • Mark Matthews of Bank Julius Baer is bullish on Malaysian equities, and expects stocks to end positive in 2011.

    The Malaysian economy’s low correlation to the rest of the world will help the country’s equities perform better in times of economic uncertainty and market volatility, says one analyst. 

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    China's banks are unexpectedly fragile and the Royal Bank of Australia is a dove - it's time for your VEX Fix.

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    Japanese businesses are pessimistic and euro traders don't know what to think — it's time for your Friday FX Fix.

  • Strong medicine for Greece will jumpstart aid plans and currency investors' fears will ease, one strategist says.

  • Motorists queue up to refuel at a gasoline and service station in Jakarta, 18 September 2007. Oil prices topped 81 USD a barrel for the first time on, setting another record high amid fears of critically tight supplies for the winter season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Ahmad ZAMRONI (Photo credit should read AHMAD ZAMRONI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rising oil prices have created concerns about the cost of fuel subsidies across the region. Although these costs will increase, it is important to make distinctions based on each government’s ability to absorb the higher costs.

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    Rare earth prices are reaching rarefied heights. World prices have doubled in the last four months for rare earths — metallic elements needed for many of the most sophisticated civilian and military technologies, whether smartphones or smart bombs.

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    Malaysia could soon join a growing list of Asia-Pacific countries, including China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Cambodia, that in the last decade have introduced a form of minimum wage. The NYT reports.

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    Central banks can only slow, not stop, currencies from moving when fundamentals dictate a shift. That means you, Malaysia and Thailand.

  • 80-year-old Sumi Abe is rescued from her destroyed house nine days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 20, 2011 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.

    In the wake of Japan’s cascading disasters, signs of economic loss can be found in many corners of the globe, from Sendai, on the battered Japanese coast, to Paris to Marion, Ark., reports the New York Times.

  • Japanese shares plunged on Tuesday as fresh explosions rocked a damaged nuclear plant and triggered a rise in radiation levels, sending investors fleeing from riskier assets such as equities and commodities across Asia.

  • Asian stocks outside Japan edged up on Monday, with demand for commodity-related shares offsetting the steep drop in Japanese markets following a massive earthquake and tsunami.

  • Nikkei futures tumbled on Friday after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit northeast Japan, causing many injuries.

  • Asian shares opened lower on Thursday following declines in the overnight U.S. session. A sell-off in chip stocks hurt tech counters in South Korea, while a decline in commodities weighed on Australia's commodity heavy index.

  • Stocks in Japan and South Korea opened higher on Wednesday, helped by an overnight rally on Wall Street.

  • Asian stocks rose on Tuesday but gains were limited as investors worried higher energy prices could stunt the global economic recovery.