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  • Nicholas Spiro

    China the real worry for emerging market investors

    Investor sentiment towards emerging markets remains bleak. Emerging market stocks have lost 10% in dollar terms this month, resulting in a 20% decline over the past three months. In the period between Aug. 19 and 26, emerging market bond funds s

    August 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Islamic finance

    Cross-border deals gain momentum

    TOKYO -- Governments and businesses in Asian and Middle Eastern countries are increasingly moving to set up financial institutions that offer products and services compliant with Islamic law, or Shariah. In countries such as Indonesia, China and Tur

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Crisis takes its toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • International cooperation will be essential

    TOKYO -- The unrest rippling through global markets will test policymakers' ability to work together, calm investors and maintain economic momentum. Fears of slowing Chinese growth have cast a pall over the global economy and investors are scram

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Cross-border deals gain momentum in Islamic finance

    TOKYO -- Governments and businesses in Asian and Middle Eastern countries are increasingly moving to set up financial institutions that offer products and services compliant with Islamic law, or Shariah. In countries such as Indonesia, China and Tur

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tied to China

    Crisis takes toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Batten down the hatches

    China brews a global economic storm

    TOKYO -- Market participants are rereading a year-old International Monetary Fund paper that took up the question of the global consequences of slower Chinese growth. China's economic ties with the rest of Asia have deepened not only in terms of

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Turkey, China routes

    Russian gas pipeline projects clogged

    MOSCOW -- Two huge Russian projects to build natural gas pipelines to Turkey and China have been delayed, and their future is now in doubt. The projects were launched as important pillars of Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy with

    August 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Turkish leader's bet

    Erdogan eyes snap election in bid to restore single-party rule

    ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to call a snap election after the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, failed to maintain a majority through an election in June, a gamble that could backfire given the party's stagna

    August 20, 2015 12:51 am JST
  • Yuan devaluation hits emerging economies hard

    Investor sentiment about emerging markets was bleak even before Aug. 11, the day of the Chinese central bank's dramatic and unexpected devaluation of the yuan, the sharpest in two decades. The equity markets of developing economies have fallen 1

    August 20, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • SUVs in Japan

    Automakers rush to boost sales amid popularity boom

    TOKYO -- Japanese automakers are gearing up to launch compact sport utility vehicles to feed the growing popularity of such cars among younger buyers in the country. Most SUVs sell for 2.5 million yen ($19,930) or more, but many of the new small

    August 17, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Dani Rodrik

    Back to fundamentals in emerging markets

    CAMBRIDGE -- Following 15 years of hype, a new conventional wisdom has taken hold: emerging markets are in deep trouble. Many analysts had extrapolated rapid growth in countries such as Brazil, Russia, Turkey, and India into the indefinite future, c

    August 14, 2015 08:26 pm JST
  • 70 years after WWII

    Rise of China not yet challenging 'American century'

    WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In an interview with The Nikkei, Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council, and now a professor at H

    August 13, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Fed Chair Yellen walks tightrope over rate hike

    NEW YORK -- Seven years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers sent a shock wave through global markets, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and her colleagues may finally end the zero interest rate policy they put in place to contain the financi

    August 13, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Supercycle's end ominous for resource-based economies

    TOKYO -- Global commodity prices continue to fall. The Thomson Reuters/CoreCommodity CRB Index, a key commodity gauge, has contracted to a 12-year low. The phase of soaring resource prices that persisted since the first half of the 2000s has end

    August 13, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Fuel prices expected to keep declining

    TOKYO -- Prices of petroleum products have fallen across the board in Asia. In Singapore, the price of kerosene as aircraft fuel stands at around $60 per barrel, down more than 20% from its high in early May. Gas oil is trading at just under $60 per

    August 13, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • The powerful attraction of 'thanatourism'

    The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II stirs memories of the conflict sites I have visited over the years: the landing beaches of Normandy, the Kohima battlefield in northeast India, Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome, the Death Railway in Thaila

    August 13, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • As demand falls

    Fuel prices expected to keep declining

    TOKYO -- Prices of petroleum products have fallen across the board in Asia. In Singapore, the price of kerosene as aircraft fuel stands at around $60 per barrel, down more than 20% from its high in early May. Gas oil is trading at just under $60 per

    August 11, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • Xi and Erdogan focus on economic ties, shelve Uighur row

    ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's state visit to China at the end of July was something of a high-wire act. Part of his mission was to get Chinese companies on board with large-scale infrastructure projects in Turkey. But he was a

    August 6, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • China trip

    Xi and Erdogan focus on economic ties, shelve Uighur row

    ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday completed a three-day state visit to China. For Erdogan, the trip was a high-wire act. Part of his mission was to convince Chinese companies that they should get involved in ambitious tr

    August 3, 2015 07:00 pm JST