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  • Japanese trading houses

    Itochu to invest in US cocoa ingredients processor

    TOKYO -- Itochu is entering the business of cocoa ingredient processing and sales by taking a nearly 20% stake in American processor Transmar. The Japanese trading house will buy new shares from Transmar's London-based holding company within the

    February 9, 2016 03:30 am JST
  • Chinese economy

    Central bank desperate to stabilize yuan ahead of Lunar New Year

    SHANGHAI -- For the People's Bank of China, the Lunar New Year is a precarious time of year. The Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, begins on Feb. 8 this year. Around this time of year, funding demand in China always sharply incr

    February 5, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Andreas Kolbe

    Collapsing crude prices are hurting emerging-market debt

    Investors in emerging-market debt might have hoped for a different start to the New Year. As oil prices have fallen to new lows, markets have demanded ever-larger premiums for buying emerging-market debt. Risk premiums for such debt are now at their

    February 5, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Plunging indexes mark ominous start for 2016

    Markets around the world are in a tailspin. The perfect storm of a U.S. interest rate hike, a Chinese slowdown and plummeting crude oil prices means the outlook for the world economy is dismal. If investor fears continue to grow, the global economy

    January 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Recovery risks

    Plunging indexes mark ominous start for 2016

    Markets around the world are in a tailspin. The perfect storm of a U.S. interest rate hike, a Chinese slowdown and plummeting crude oil prices means the outlook for the world economy is dismal. If investor fears continue to grow, the global economy

    January 27, 2016 05:30 pm JST
  • Crude's collapse

    Why OPEC isn't dead yet

    TOKYO -- The collapse of crude oil prices raises serious questions about the future of OPEC. Yet it may be premature to pen an obituary for the once-powerful cartel. OPEC's troubles can be traced back to its general meeting in London in March 19

    January 25, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Building materials

    Japan's cement exports rise as domestic demand sinks

    TOKYO -- Japan is shipping more cement abroad to make up for slack demand at home. The country's cement exports for fiscal 2015, through this March, are projected to top 10 million tons for the first time in four years, according to the Japan Ce

    January 22, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Interactive graphics

    Corralling billion-dollar 'unicorns'

    A few years back, yet-to-be-listed tech startups valued at $1 billion or more were so rare they were dubbed "unicorns" in the U.S., after the mythical creatures. Now these pricey startups are becoming more and more common. The graphic below show

    January 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Corralling billion-dollar 'unicorns'

    A few years back, yet-to-be-listed tech startups valued at $1 billion or more were so rare they were dubbed "unicorns" in the U.S., after the mythical creatures. Now these pricey startups are becoming more and more common. The graphic below show

    January 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Interactive graphics

    An Asian century, illustrated

    Asia is producing a huge amount of talent. One reason for that is the sheer size of its population: China has nearly 1.4 billion people, India 1.3 billion and Southeast Asia more than 600 million. Those numbers, combined with the region's ascendant

    January 14, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • An Asian century, illustrated

    Asia is producing a huge amount of talent. One reason for that is the sheer size of its population: China has nearly 1.4 billion people, India 1.3 billion and Southeast Asia more than 600 million. Those numbers, combined with the region's ascendant

    January 14, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Currency turmoil

    Saudi Arabia scurries to keep dollar peg as oil producers feel heat

    LONDON -- The currencies of oil producing countries are taking a beating as the plunge of crude continues. In the futures markets, investors are pricing in possible currency devaluations by Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. Russia

    January 12, 2016 06:00 pm JST
  • Olam International

    Feeding changing tastes in Africa

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore-listed agri-business Olam International will double its processing capacity in sub-Saharan Africa to become Nigeria's second largest wheat miller by sales following an acquisition from BUA Group in Lagos for $275 million.

    January 11, 2016 09:45 pm JST
  • Bond market

    Jitters grow for commodity-rich nations, junk-bond issuers

    TOKYO -- Concerns are mounting about the credit risks of high-yield bonds and the debt of commodity-exporting countries in light of the double whammy of the Chinese economic slowdown and U.S. exit from quantitative easing. While stock investors

    January 9, 2016 05:49 am JST
  • Africa motorcycles

    Local mechanics get Honda moving

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor leads the global motorcycle market, with a share of roughly 30%. The Japanese company is doing particularly well in the Southeast Asian markets, where it enjoys first-mover advantages. Africa, however, remains a challenge. Havin

    January 8, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Precious metals

    No end in sight for platinum price slump

    TOKYO -- Platinum prices remain stuck at the lowest levels in seven years and are showing no signs of rebounding. Because of its scarcity, platinum is typically pricier than gold. But it has been about a year since the metals switched places in

    January 7, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Peter Tasker: Five market mysteries in the Year of the Monkey

    The investment world enters 2016 with some trepidation. The extraordinary ascent in stock prices that began in March 2009 is showing clear signs of fatigue. In most markets most stocks fell last year. The price of copper -- known as "the only metal

    January 7, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Peter Tasker

    Five market mysteries in the Year of the Monkey

    The investment world enters 2016 with some trepidation. The extraordinary ascent in stock prices that began in March 2009 is showing clear signs of fatigue. In most markets most stocks fell last year. The price of copper -- known as "the only metal

    January 4, 2016 06:50 pm JST
  • Interview with Ian Bremmer

    No Cold War redux for 'frenemies' US, China

    WASHINGTON -- We live in a "G-Zero" world, marked by a shifting, uncertain global order and "geopolitical creative destruction," says Ian Bremmer, a prominent U.S. political scientist. Though this unstable environment generates more risk, the U

    December 31, 2015 12:05 am JST
  • Fed rate hike

    US tightening pinches Chinese businesses in Africa

    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Financial markets may have priced in the recent U.S. rate hike well in advance, but for businesses in emerging nations, life is only getting harder. The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rates for the first

    December 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST