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    Vietnam's stock market, which tumbled nearly 30 percent last year because of surging inflation and a declining currency, is the most undervalued market in Southeast Asia, David Roes, the CEO of Asean Investment Management, told CNBC on Friday.

  • 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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    The number of wildcat strikes in Vietnam doubled last year as workers suffering from Asia’s highest inflation rate struggled to obtain better wages. The Financial Times reports.

  • Currencies Most at Risk in 2012

    Dariusz Kowalczyk, Senior Economist & Strategist, Credit Agricole, explains why the Singaporean dollar, Korean Won, Indian Rupee and Vietnamese Dong will suffer the most.

  • The number of property transactions in China’s largest cities has fallen to dangerously low levels, according to regulatory documents obtained by the Financial Times, and this could have a significant ripple effect. The FT reports.

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    In March, Nike, for the first time in five years, missed analysts’ expectations and its stock plummeted more than nine percent on a single day. The company couldn’t achieve the margins it wanted because of the high costs of making and shipping its shoes and clothes.

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    Wondering how some smaller currencies would survive a market calamity? Here's one strategist's analysis.

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    Emerging market investors looking to reduce volatility on their returns should combine stocks, bonds and currencies, according to a report by asset management firm Alliance Bernstein, called "An all-encompassing approach to emerging markets".

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    The transport ministry says some senior officials are spending too much time on the putting green and, as a result, are under-performing at work during a difficult period for the Vietnamese economy. The FT reports.

  • Vietnam Stocks Offer 500 Percent Upside: CEO

    Vietnamese brokers and industrials will experience 500 percent upside over the next 2-3 years, David Roes, CEO of ASEAN Investment Management, told CNBC.

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    In many Asian countries, divorce rates have been rising as women become more economically independent and more willing to challenge traditional, socially conservative values. The FT reports.

  • 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.

    The growing tension between China, Vietnam and the Philippines in the South China Sea could lead to a miscalculation and further escalation between the parties, a former advisor to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney warned on Friday.

  • City skyline and modern construction, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

    Indonesia’s low debt levels and strong growth potential has made the country a choice destination for investors, prompting financial firms like Deutsche Bank to compare the economy to Brazil’s in the 1990s.

  • 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.

  • Like other companies selling luxury goods in communist-ruled Vietnam, HTC Auto, a car dealer, has thrived over recent years as rapid economic growth has spurred the creation of a class of wealthy, status-conscious consumers keen to snap up everything from iPhones to Rolls-Royces, the FT reports.

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    Europe is the place to be, with the euro and the Swiss franc rising, but watch out for falling kiwis — it's time for your FX Fix.

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    The rising labor costs for companies that supply Chinese goods to the West may result in higher consumer prices. The NYT reports.

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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.

  • The Swiss franc is soaring, and so are prices in Australia. Time for your Friday FX Fix.

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    Vietnam's Son La province is benefiting from a government drive to grow more high-quality beans. The FT reports.