- Volcanic boom: Winning companies
There's a silver lining to every cloud, even the one made up of volcanic ash. While air carriers are licking their wounds from losing an estimated $200 million a day due to the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, many other firms are smacking their chops at the opportunity to attract new customers. So who got rolling as the planes stayed on the ground?
- What China Inc. wants next
For only the second time in recent history, a large, thriving, privately owned Chinese company has stepped up and stepped out -- buying a big brand known the world over.
- Will Greece turn from euros to gyros?
Athens is abuzz with a rumor: Greece might leave the euro zone and adopt a new currency -- a Greek euro, so to speak, something of a cross between a drachma and a euro to be used only internally. Some hungry economists have jokingly given the new money a nickname: the "Gyro."
- Welcome to the United States of Iceland
It's time to start paying attention to the financial sinkhole that Iceland is trying to climb out of -- the view from inside of it is eerily similar to our own.
- Emerging markets at home
It has become an investing truism of late: If you want stocks with high-octane potential, you're wise to invest in the fast-growing economies of emerging markets. The result has been frenzied demand for such stocks and skyrocketing valuations.
- What happens if China's 'bubble' pops?
World-renowned short seller Jim Chanos -- the hedge fund manager who called the fall of Enron and the systemic problems cause by subprime mortgages --recently turned his gimlet eye on China. He saw a country whose rapid rise was hiding massive flaws: grossly inflated real estate prices, irresponsible construction lending, massive overbuilding, a banking system larded with bad loans, and unreliable government data. Fitch Ratings weighed in this week saying that China's banks face the greatest "bubble risk" of any Asian country.
- China's ahead in the green-tech race
Quick: which nation builds the most wind turbines? If you guessed America, with its blustery Great Plains dotted with whirring GE blades, you'd be wrong. In 2009, China became the planet's largest producer.
- Sovereign wealth funds on the hunt
After months of relative silence, sovereign wealth funds, the huge, state-owned vehicles that export-rich countries use to invest their reserves, are on the prowl again.
- Ukraine online: You've got crop reports!
The U.S. is helping Eastern Europe connect to the Internet in an effort to spur development.
- Playing the China boom
It happens every weekday: A group of ladies gathers at the cavernous, badly lit stock-brokerage office on Shanghai's Xiangyang Lu in what was once, when China was colonized by European powers last century, known as the French Concession. There are usually at least four, and sometimes as many as eight.
- The unstoppable Fung brothers
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, William Fung, the CEO of Li & Fung Limited, a large Hong Kong-based sourcing company founded by his grandfather, awoke in his Boston hotel room with an inexplicable urge to meet his sister, who lives in San Francisco, for lunch at their favorite sushi restaurant there.
- What on earth is up with 'Russia's GPS?'
Russia's ballyhooed satellite communications system (and Putin's pet project) suffers technical setbacks and malfunctioning devices.
- New ETF is a way into smaller China
If Burton Malkiel, author of the famous "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" and Princeton University economist, is right, the majority of U.S. investors aren't profiting enough from China's rapid growth.
- China's record debt has economists worried
In a world still awash in economic worry, China has stood apart as the one country that has come through the global slump with only the briefest of hiccups.
- French bankers bid 'adieu' to guaranteed bonuses
Banks in France, including non-French ones, will no longer be allowed to offer guaranteed bonuses to traders and other staff under new rules announced Nov. 5. The only exception is for signing bonuses for new employees, and they are limited to a maximum of one year.
- Preparing China's yuan for the world stage
President Barack Obama's visit to China this week has increased the spotlight on one of the top hot-button issues in U.S.-China relations: revaluing the Chinese currency.
- Disney comes to China
China's announcement on Wednesday that Walt Disney could go ahead with its long-planned theme park in Shanghai raised a few eyebrows in Hong Kong. That's because Disney's first foray into the China market, via Hong Kong in 2005, has been tepid at best -- and embarrassing at worst.
- Tax-free Champagne, anyone?
Not even Franz Kafka could have dreamed this one up.
- Forget China, Brazil's a cheaper investment
Brazil has a lot of reasons to celebrate these days. It recently won the competition to host the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the 2014 World Cup.
- It's China's world. (We just live in it)
You wouldn't think the men who run the oil-rich country of Nigeria would have much spring in their step these days. The nation is plagued by a never-ending guerrilla war, one that has trimmed the country's oil production to two-thirds of its potential capacity.