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Saturday, 01 November 2014

Asia

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with China's Vice President Xi Jinping (2nd L).

APEC summit shows value of calm and platitudes

31 October 2014

Obama, Xi, Putin and Abe will have much to disagree about when they meet with other national leaders in Beijing next week. The host city’s odd theatrics add to the awkwardness. But the fact that top people from around the Pacific want to show a united front helps keep the peace.

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo April 30, 2014.

Japan's bulked-up bazooka is last chance for QE

31 October 2014

The Bank of Japan is cranking up its bond-buying just as the Federal Reserve winds down. But even the Japanese central bank is becoming more sceptical of quantitative easing. If 2 percent inflation proves elusive, the BOJ will need even bolder policies - or to throw in the towel.   

China index: Home truths upset economy

31 October 2014

Our alternative growth index hit its lowest levels since April 2009 last month. Housing investment is leading the downturn with the slowest pace of growth in over two years. In the past, more bank lending was seen as the answer. This time, it doesn’t seem to be helping at all.

National Australia Bank sign is seen behind a street sign in Sydney's central business district

UK upturn offers NAB escape from banking purgatory

30 October 2014

The Australian lender plans to offload its Clydesdale unit after years of disappointing results. The improving British economy makes that a possibility. Even then, NAB needs stock markets – or prospective buyers – to play ball. And it will remain on the hook for past misconduct.

A protester waves a Hong Kong flag during a rally as they block the main road to the financial Central district in Hong Kong September 29, 2014.REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong protests lay minefield for business

31 October 2014

The democracy debate is dividing the city. For companies, keeping quiet is less risky than expressing an opinion that could irk customers, staff, or Beijing. It’s even harder for employees who must tread the blurry line between free speech and representing corporate interests.

Cinema-goers wearing 3D glasses watch a movie at a PVR Multiplex in Mumbai.

Regal movie chain could follow competitor's script

30 October 2014

The largest U.S. theater group is considering a sale. Rival AMC is flush after being acquired by China’s Wanda in September 2012 and relisting in late 2013. For Regal, keeping up may cost more than 47 pct owner Philip Anschutz is willing to spend. It needs its own AMC sequel.

Fed

QE gave emerging markets brief gains, lasting pain

30 October 2014

Six years of money-printing in the United States have ended. The $4 trillion splurge may have averted a deeper slump. But for developing countries it fueled a credit binge while bringing only a fleeting boost to growth. Many will now struggle to boost output and repay the debt.

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