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  • Signs of pullback growing

    Spiking gold to oil ratio points to trouble for world economy

    TOKYO -- The world economy is showing signs of stress, as reflected in turbulent global stock markets. Investors and policymakers are on guard, with the outlook China and other emerging economies particularly grim. One closely watched commodity

    September 1, 2015 02:15 pm JST
  • Nariman Behravesh

    What are the ramifications of the 'rolling routs' in financial markets on US and global growth?

    Global financial markets have been gripped by fear in recent weeks. What began as "Taper Panic" two years ago turned into "The Great Deflation" in commodity prices last year, and finally morphed into a huge stock market sell-off this summer, first i

    September 1, 2015 09:28 am JST
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • International schisms

    Western leaders pass on China's WWII commemorations

    BEIJING -- Leaders of major Western nations will not attend China's events commemorating the end of World War II, a sign of security and economic rifts between the two sides. "So far, a total of 49 countries have confirmed presence at China's Se

    August 26, 2015 02:03 am JST
  • Spreading financial malaise

    Who will be the next victim of China crisis?

    TOKYO -- China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative has opened the door to financial crisis for its trading partners, and more are sure to follow. China-driven worries are casting a dark shadow over the global market, with crude oil and other commo

    August 25, 2015 01:00 pm 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
  • 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
  • Profitable no longer

    South African mines slammed by falling platinum prices

    TOKYO -- Plunging platinum prices are forcing mining companies in South Africa, which accounts for 70% of global production, to try slashing personnel and cutting output. Third-ranked Lonmin said late last month that it would eliminate about 6,0

    August 11, 2015 11:11 pm 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
  • Globalizing gastronomy

    Japanese restaurant giants set sights beyond China

    TOKYO -- A growing number of big Japanese restaurant chains have been opening outlets in countries other than China as the market becomes increasingly competitive. Having already established footholds in China and Taiwan, companies are now looki

    August 8, 2015 03:15 am JST
  • Joseph E. Stiglitz

    America in the way

    NEW YORK -- The Third International Conference on Financing for Development recently convened in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. The conference came at a time when developing countries and emerging markets have demonstrated their ability to absorb

    August 7, 2015 01:35 am JST
  • China exposure

    Alarm bells ringing for Asia, Germany, resource exporters

    TOKYO -- The collapse of China's stock bubble and its continued economic slowdown have other countries bracing for impact. South Korea, which relies heavily on the world's No. 2 economy, could see the worst of the spillover if the Chinese stock

    August 4, 2015 07:30 pm JST