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    Ben Bernanke acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. economic recovery is fragile, but he didn't hint at any further monetary stimulus. One strategist says investors should be prepared for a period of 'slowflation': slow growth accompanied by high inflation.

  • A rash of suicides at South Korea’s most prestigious university highlights a generation of students awash in unhappiness. The NYT reports.

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    This week will be chockablock with central bank meetings. Here's how to trade them.

  • South Korea's family-run conglomerates are chasing evolution to survive increasing competition from the cheap Asian rivals. The FT reports.

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    In South Korea, Facebook has some catching up to do as local social networking site Cyworld takes the number one position with more than 25 million users.

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    With risk appetite waning, here's what one trader sees for Asian currencies. Hint: it's not what you think.

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    The dollar rose on news of Osama Bin Laden's killing, and South Korea's trade surplus lifted the won — time for your FX Fix.

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    The KOSPI leads the behavior of indices in the ASEAN region. When the KOSPI retreats then there is a high probability that the Hang Seng, the Straits Times Index and the TAIEX will also follow the same behavior.

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    The dollar is in the dumps, the euro is flying high, and high-speed traders are on the loose. Time for your daily FX Fix.

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    The won is wafting close to new highs, but the greenback still has the blues. Time for your Earth Day FX Fix.

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    Asian corporate bonds are finding favor with investors as they offer high yields-5-10%- but come with less risk as regional companies strengthen their balance sheets in a high growth environment.

  • There will be continued upside for South Korean firms as the U.S. economy continues to gain momentum, says Daphne Roth, Head of Equity Research, Asia at ABN AMRO Private Banking.

  • Japan's former currency czar predicted weakness for the yen, but the Korean won and others are on an uptrend — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Central banks added reserves in dollars and more, and British manufacturers need to crank it up again. It's time for your FX fix.

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    Investment flows turned against Asia-Pacific in the first quarter of this year, but the most promising markets look  poised for another wave of hot money in the second half of 2011.

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    Despite serious worries stemming from the deteriorating situation in Japan, the futures aren't predicting U.S. equities to react as violently as they did to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.

  • 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.