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  • Big Stimulus From China? Not Until Growth Drops Below 7%

    China’s economy, forecast to grow this year at 7.5 percent—the slowest annual pace since 1999—may need more aggressive stimulus to prevent a steeper slide, but the state has so far resisted calls to step in in a big way.

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    Are this week's numbers from Taiwan showing a double-digit rise in September exports something to get excited about? Taiwan’s trade data, after all, are widely regarded as a leading indicator of the health of the world economy.

  • U.S. Savings Bonds

    It may not take much, even amid signs that risk aversion is abating, for U.S. Treasury yields—which have been low for so long now—to spike higher, some analysts say.

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    Investors hoping for more stimulus measures from China to boost its slowing economy may have to wait a little longer. Analysts say Beijing is unlikely to take any action until after the Communist party holds its congress on November 8, an event that is particularly significant this year because it will mark a once-in-a-decade leadership change.

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    Latest data from Japan paint a bleak outlook for an economy that started the year on a strong footing and suggest the cautious Bank of Japan (BOJ) may now have little option but to ease monetary policy again, analysts say.

  • Flags of the EU member states fly in front of the European Parliament in Brussels.

    Spain is in turmoil once again and the besieged European country is closer to asking for a financial bailout, but, perhaps investors should cut Madrid some slack, analysts say.

  • An Angolan woman shops in a market in Cabinda.

    Zimbabwe's controversial indigenization policy, which requires foreign firms to transfer 51 percent of the assets they hold in Zimbabwe to local companies, should not be a concern for foreign investors because the government will be flexible in implementing the measure, the country's Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion said on Wednesday.

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    The message from this week’s sell off in global stock markets could not be clearer: the summer time rally, fuelled by optimism over central bank stimulus measures, is now over and it’s time to brace for a period of renewed volatility and uncertainty, analysts say.

  • India, Mumbai, Gateway of India, view across harbor

    Despite the political firestorm, the Indian government seems committed to pushing through a series of bold reforms aimed at boosting foreign inflows, but do the changes go far enough to convince investors to take the plunge?

  • Stephen Roach, senior executive with Morgan Stanley

    The U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest round of quantitative easing is not going to bring down unemployment nor put more money into the consumer’s hand, according to Stephen Roach, senior fellow at Yale University.

  • An oil refining facility.

    Crude oil's biggest drop in two month's this week signals investors are deeply skeptical about whether recent stimulus efforts by global central banks – including last week's announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve of a third round of quantitative easing – will have a meaningful impact on restoring growth, analysts and traders told CNBC.

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    After bold stimulus measures by the world’s major central banks all eyes are now on China to come up with a monetary boost to bring momentum back into its slackening economy, but one analyst expects quite the contrary. He tells CNBC that the next major policy move from China will likely be an interest rate hike.

  • A Chinese and U.S. flag flutter in front of Tiananmen Gate on November 16, 2009 in Beijing of China.

    As trade tensions between the U.S and China heat up, with both countries filing complaints to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday, experts say the grumbling is no more than posturing in a politically important year for Beijing and Washington and should fizzle out eventually.

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    Two weeks ago the European Central Bank took the stand to show how it would end the euro zone debt crisis and last week the Federal Reserve delivered aggressive steps to revive the U.S. economy. Now it’s the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) turn to take the central bank podium.

  • People check the jobs board at a Denver Workforce Center, part of the Denver Office of Economic Development, in Denver, Colorado, U.S.

    The U.S. unemployment rate of 8.1 percent is probably double that number when you include a host of measures of the jobless rate that are not included in the official data, one professional tells CNBC.

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    The U.S. Federal Reserve is widely expected to announce a third round of quantitative easing (QE3) later Thursday, but it is unlikely to result in huge capital inflows into Asia, the Bank of Thailand’s Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul told CNBC.

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    Currency markets are on high alert for intervention from Japan’s central bank to weaken the yen, which jumped to a seven-month peak overnight after the Federal Reserve outlined aggressive steps to revive the U.S. economy.

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    For years now, Apple has been trying to rule the smartphone market in China. Its latest iPhone offering might just do the trick.

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    Asia’s central bankers are unlikely to take their cue from any monetary stimulus the U.S. Federal Reserve delivers on Thursday - instead they are expected to hold their fire power and use it on any further signs of economic weakness at home or abroad.

  • People watch an image presented on a television of Wen Jiabao, China's premier, speaking at the opening plenary session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

    As if to counter increasing market chatter about China’s inability to meet its 2012 growth targets, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday pledged that the country’s growth momentum remained intact and promised to tap into its massive fiscal stability fund if necessary.

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