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  1. August 19, 2014

    An indifferent time for Japan

    Remember when the whole world was mad about Japan? For much of last year there were few hotter themes on global macro desks....

  2. The World

    August 8, 2014

    A surge into stocks by Japan's public pension fund

    Japan’s Government Investment Pension Fund, the world’s largest pool of publicly managed pension assets, is poised to make a...

  1. July 31, 2014

    Global stocks end month on negative note

    Thursday 21:15 BST. Global stock markets closed out the month on a distinctly negative note, just a day after news of a...

  2. July 30, 2014

    Robust US GDP drives up Treasury yields

    Wednesday 21:00 BST. US stocks had a choppy session while Treasury bond yields and the dollar rose as markets digested the...

  3. July 8, 2014

    Going it alone is no longer an option for Japan’s stagnant banks

    Yachiyo Bank of Tokyo is in many ways a typical Japanese regional lender. It has the slightly down-at-heel headquarters in...

  4. June 9, 2014

    Japan’s companies loosen grip on cash

    As a rule, Japan Inc has long squirrelled cash away. Companies in the Topix 500, excluding financial stocks, were holding...

  5. June 5, 2014

    Shift to riskier assets makes sense for Japan’s GPIF

    The Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan can sometimes seem like a simple price-support mechanism. Whenever the stock...

  6. May 27, 2014

    Parallel between Japan’s stock and forex markets fades

    A weaker yen is good for Japanese stocks, right? The lower the currency, the higher the index? Wrong. As strange as it may...

  7. May 9, 2014

    Dow ends at record but caution prevails

    Friday 21:15 BST. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week at a record high, even as broader equity indices traded...

  8. FT Alphaville

    May 1, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Most Asian markets were closed for a holiday, though Japanese equities marched ahead, with the Nikkei 225 average...

  9. April 30, 2014

    US stocks pare gains after strong spending data

    Thursday 21.00 BST: US stocks lost momentum at the end of the global session after rising earlier, supported by a buoyant...

  10. April 30, 2014

    US equities hold steady as Fed continues to trim bond-buying

    Wednesday 21.00 BST: Wall Street stocks were little changed after the Federal Reserve continued to reduce its monthly bond...

  11. April 28, 2014

    Caution after pharma lifts European shares

    Monday 21:00 BST. Wall Street traded on a cautiously upbeat note as investors weighed continuing deal frenzy in the...

  12. April 27, 2014

    Japan Inc: Topix of conversation

    Asked to name the best-performing sector in Japan’s broad Topix index over the past year, few would think of electronics. It...

  13. April 25, 2014

    High-growth tech groups hit by jitters

    Friday 21:00 BST. Global stocks came under pressure at the end of a volatile week, as the latest US earnings releases proved...

  14. April 24, 2014

    Wall St edges up as Apple results please

    Thursday 21:00 BST. Global equities saw extremely volatile trading after a tug-of-war developed in the markets between a...

  15. April 15, 2014

    Stocks end higher after volatile session

    Tuesday 21:00 BST. The deteriorating situation in Ukraine, fresh worries about China’s economic outlook and mixed data and...

  16. April 11, 2014

    Japan: time for BoJ to act

    Tadashi Yanai is not hopeful about Japanese consumers – but nor has he yet seen any effect on sales from the recent...

  17. April 11, 2014

    Equities pressured by fresh tech selling

    Friday 21:00 BST. Global equities were on the back foot at the end of a week dominated by a renewed sell-off for US...

  18. April 8, 2014

    Wall Street rallies as techs rebound

    Tuesday 21:00 BST. US stocks rebounded after three days of losses and their European counterparts pared early declines, as...

  19. April 7, 2014

    Stocks slide as valuation worries grow

    Monday 21:00 BST. Global equities came under heavy selling pressure as the recent sell-off in technology stocks in the US...

  20. March 31, 2014

    Japanese sales tax rise is unlikely to force up inflation

    The surest way for ministers to make prices rise is to increase sales tax. But while Japan’s will rise today – from 5 to 8...

  21. March 26, 2014

    S&P 500 falters after nearing record high

    Wednesday 18:00 GMT. An early push by US stocks toward record highs ran out of steam by the close, in spite of mildly...

  22. March 9, 2014

    Japan takes money out from under the futon

    JO Hambro Capital Management may have raised a few eyebrows last month when it unveiled plans for a new Japanese equity fund...

  23. February 28, 2014

    US stocks press on to fresh record highs

    Friday 21:15 GMT. US stocks edged further into record territory – although not without a brief wobble – amid growing...

  24. February 14, 2014

    Hang Seng: ton up?

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average started with 12 stocks that really were industrial. The Hang Seng, Hong Kong’s equivalent...

  25. February 12, 2014

    Global stocks extend rally to sixth day

    Wednesday 21:00 GMT. Better news from China and a lingering afterglow from Janet Yellen’s market-friendly testimony to...

  26. February 5, 2014

    Japan’s new-year drop is not a buy signal

    Headlines on Tuesday’s Reuters news blog said nearly everything that needs to be said about investing in Japanese equities....

  27. January 23, 2014

    Global equities tumble on weak China data

    Thursday 21:10 GMT. Disappointing manufacturing figures out of China helped prompt a sharp sell-off in global equities and...

  28. January 22, 2014

    Stocks steady as earnings fail to inspire

    Wednesday 21:10 GMT. US and European equities had a difficult session as another mixed bag of corporate earnings and a lack...

  29. January 15, 2014

    S&P 500 climbs to record closing high

    Wednesday 21:10 GMT. US stocks made a fresh foray into record territory as further encouraging signals on the economy and...

  30. FT Alphaville

    January 8, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Most Asian bourses were moving higher, fuelled by gains on Wall Street and improved prospects for the global...

  31. December 30, 2013

    Tokyo share trade boosted by new tax rules

    Trading in Japanese stocks rose to an all-time high in the days leading up to the year-end shutdown, as individual investors...

  32. December 22, 2013

    Japan equities: Topix of conversation

    Investors are about to find out if Japan’s stellar stock market rally this year really has legs. Tokyo has been the world’s...

  33. December 11, 2013

    Nikkei’s surge lacks belief in Japan Inc

    You can tell that things are getting a little frothy in Japan when the Nikkei starts beating the Topix. Outsized gains in...

  34. November 11, 2013

    Stocks firm on economic optimism

    Monday 21:05 GMT. Global equities started the week on a mildly positive note as a more optimistic view of the US economy was...

  35. November 7, 2013

    New Japan index vaunts return on equity and investor friendliness

    Farewell Panasonic, Mazda Motor and Tokyo Electric Power. All are stalwarts of the Nikkei 225 stock average and the Topix,...

  36. November 7, 2013

    Euro slides and stocks jump as ECB cuts

    Thursday 2100 GMT. Global stocks declined as a report showing better than expected economic growth offset a move by the...

  37. October 27, 2013

    Japan: when profits are not enough

    Updates from Japan strategists these days can come with a sense of vindication that borders on crowing. The impulse to do...

  38. September 30, 2013

    Fears of US shutdown weigh on equities

    The looming prospect of a US government shutdown kept global equities under pressure as the budget impasse in Washington...

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