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  1. The World

    February 13, 2012

    Japan's long walk back from the rubble

    Few can now doubt that Japan’s economy, hardly in the most robust of shapes anyway, has taken a battering from last year’s...

  2. FT Alphaville

    February 13, 2012

    Pink picks

    Comment and analysis from the FT on Monday… Edward Luce: Recovery, but a cold and grey one Good times are coming back to...

  1. February 12, 2012

    Europe can learn from Japan’s austerity endgame

    The road to fiscal hell is sometimes paved with the best intentions. As Europe’s politicians seek to win electorates round...

  2. beyondbrics

    January 12, 2012

    EM and Europe: the ties that bind

    The eurozone crisis rumbles on, gnawing away at confidence around the globe, even in far-off emerging markets, including...

  3. January 9, 2012

    Emerging markets’ golden age is at an end

    It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. The biggest surprise for equity investors in 2011 was not the weakness of the...

  4. November 24, 2011

    Olympus epic is less Hollywood and more samurai

    If Hollywood were making the movie, the imminent confrontation between Michael Woodford, the former chief executive of...

  5. September 29, 2011

    When a strong currency is not a badge of pride

    Imagine that over the past four years the US economy has shrunk by 30 per cent and the Chinese economy grown at 2 per cent,...

  6. August 30, 2011

    Price is a function of global anxiety

    From Mr James M. Bogin. Sir, What is the correct price for gold? Peter Tasker, along with many market pundits, suggests that...

  7. August 29, 2011

    Talk of gold bubbles ignores the facts

    From Mr Michael Coulson. Sir, Peter Tasker, like many gold deniers, needs to pay some attention to total gold production...

  8. August 25, 2011

    A parable of gold bulls and bubble dynamics

    The parable of the talents contains a timely warning for the gold market. In the biblical story, the master distributes his...

  9. August 11, 2011

    How to make monkeys out of rating agencies

    Sovereign downgrade? Been there, done that such is likely to be the response of any investor in Japan to the news that...

  10. beyondbrics

    June 22, 2011

    Brazil and Peru: much ado about nothing?

    A month ago, Brazilian markets were in a tizzy at the prospect that Antonio Palocci, president Dilma Rousseff’s Wall...

  11. FT Alphaville

    June 22, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Wednesday’s FT, Martin Wolf: Time for common sense on Greece Albert Einstein is...

  12. June 21, 2011

    Emerging equities set for sharp reversal of fortune

    How much more “emerging” have the emerging markets left to do? Probably not much, given the vast amount of capital and hope...

  13. March 14, 2011

    Japan will re-emerge from devastating tragedy

    The earthquake that struck Japan on Friday with such devastating human cost was powerful enough to shift the earth on its...

  14. FT Alphaville

    March 14, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Monday’s FT, Peter Tasker: Japan is rich in resilience If 1995′s Kobe earthquake...

  15. March 14, 2011

    Tokyo equities fall furthest in two years

    Tokyo stocks tumbled the most in more than two years as traders reacted to the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated...

  16. March 12, 2011

    Japan is rich in resilience

  17. FT Alphaville

    February 24, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and offerings from Thursday’s FT, John Gapper: Bye-bye, American shipping lines Maersk Line, operator of...

  18. February 23, 2011

    Stop looking in the rear-view mirror at Japan

    “What most likely happened was pedal misapplication.” So concluded an official of the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  19. February 8, 2011

    Right to warn markets about Japanese government debt

    From Dr Desmond Lachman. Sir, Peter Tasker is overly sanguine in counselling the Japanese government to ignore the credit...

  20. FT Alphaville

    January 28, 2011

    Yen picks

    Here’s a short round-up of reactions, comments and other musings from the Financial Times, the blogosphere and other media...

  21. FT Alphaville

    January 28, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Friday’s FT, Martin Wolf: A warning shot for the British experiment The...

  22. January 27, 2011

    The Japanese debt disaster movie

    Standard & Poor’s downgrade of Japan’s credit rating raises a disturbing prospect. Is this stage two of the global credit...

  23. FT Alphaville

    January 11, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, news and other offerings from Tuesday’s FT, Gideon Rachman: Paranoia disfigures the Tea Party It is unwise and...

  24. January 7, 2011

    Japan’s value trap

    Japanese equities have been a classic value trap since the country’s bubble burst two decades ago. Every time investors...

  25. November 25, 2010

    Expectations turn positive as Tokyo starts to thaw

    The weather may be getting colder and the leaves turning in Tokyo, but the Japanese stock market has just started to warm...

  26. November 12, 2010

    The best books for bears and bulls

    We live in a golden age for finance and investment books with authors as diverse as Raghuram G. Rajan (Fault Lines) and...

  27. FT Alphaville

    October 20, 2010

    Gathering storm: hedgies assess the future

    It’s always nice to see hedgies on a philanthropic bent. Such are the self-proclaimed motives of a few enterprising industry...

  28. October 18, 2010

    Emerging markets at risk from a gigantic bubble

    By orchestrating a massive appreciation of the yen in the mid 1980s, the US condemned Japan to decades of stagnation and...

  29. September 20, 2010

    Tokyo’s yen intervention heralds shift in attitude

    Investor support for last Wednesday’s surprise currency intervention by Tokyo was unequivocal. The move by the Bank of Japan...

  30. September 12, 2010

    The shadow shogun is the man for Japan

    The Democratic Party of Japan is about to make a momentous choice. Its party leadership vote on Tuesday will decide who...

  31. August 4, 2010

    Yen has edge over gold in battle for supremacy

    There are not many financial assets that are priced higher today than before the Lehman shock in September 2008. Two that...

  32. June 9, 2010

    Long-term performance of commodities not improving

    Di-worsification is what you do when you invest in mediocre assets for a mediocre reason – for example, because a...

  33. May 19, 2010

    FOI accounting issue hits Tokyo start-up market

    The Tokyo Stock Exchange's Mothers market for start-up companies has sunk nearly 12 per cent in the past two days.A company...

  34. May 18, 2010

    FOI accounting issue hits Tokyo start-up market

    The Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Mothers market for start-up companies has sunk almost 12 per cent over the past two days after...

  35. March 15, 2010

    Japan’s mythical debt crisis

    How did the people who sighted the first black swan respond to the shock? After the collapse of the assumption that all...

  36. February 18, 2010

    Toyota’s woes can spark new thinking

    Icons of competitive excellence are supposed to be immune from the failings of ordinary mortals. That was why the fall from...

  37. February 14, 2010

    Favourable start for Japan and the outlook is fair

    It has been an auspicious start to the New Year for Japanese equities, with foreign investors piling into the market, buying...

  38. January 21, 2010

    The emerging market equity rally has further to go

    Emerging market equities returned 75 per cent in dollars in 2009, outperforming developed market equities by about 50 per...

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