Trends and decisions affecting your wallet.
Things rich people do: build aquarium fences
In Turkey, a wealthy businessman has built an amazing fence for his luxury villa.
Funding gap threatens aid to Greece
Future funding for Greece's loan program may not be available, according to a report in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Greece grinds to a halt as major public sector layoffs loom
Greek workers went on strike in protest at thousands of planned public sector job cuts, just days before a high-profile visit to the country by Germany's finance minister.
Greece's unemployment rate linked to rise in stillborn births
Greece's poor economy, particularly high unemployment amongst women, has been linked to a marked increase in stillborn births.
Calling in sick? This country beats everyone
UK employees take more than four times as many days off work than their global colleagues.
World's largest building, New Century Global Centre, opens in China (VIDEO)
Large enough to house 20 Sydney Opera Houses, it's three times larger than the Pentagon and has its own sunlight.
Report from Wall Street veteran says China's opportunism is fading.
Byron Wien, a senior Wall Street strategist, has said China’s boundless growth is being replaced by new uncertainty.
World's largest building, New Century Global Center opens in China
Mammoth structure in southwest China large enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses and edges Dubai Airport for the new record.
Japan’s ‘Abenomics’ — sugar high or national revival?
Japanese youth only know economic decline. Shinzo Abe’s radical stimulus program seeks to undo their skepticism.
Nigeria scores $1.1B in low-interest loans from China
Nigeria is the most populous African country, and its biggest oil producer, but struggles with crumbling, outdated infrastructure especially in its overcrowded big cities.
3 Reasons markets remain calm despite awful Chinese trade data
China's export and import numbers are terrible – so why aren't markets flipping out?
Egypt: Will the Gulf's billions buy the economy more time?
The money underscores how the removal of the Islamist administration of Mohamed Morsi was warmly welcomed in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
The Central Bank of Egypt is now accepting donations
The "Support Egypt" fund will aim to support the nation's struggling economy.
Caspian Sea gas pipeline would advance US energy interests
Commentary: The planned route would also diversify Europe's energy security.
What's important in Asia this week
Concerns over Chinese monetary policy have led many regional central banks to consider new economic strategies.
US-EU trade talks open as spying furor boils
US-EU negotiations aiming to reduce tariff and especially non-tariff barriers between the two giant economies opened Monday.
Q&A: Two veteran entrepreneurs highlight what makes India’s startups unique.
Forget China, Obama's bold Africa agenda is about Africans
Commentary: Africa is worthy of US attention without the tedious detour through Chinese-US relations.
Pakistan gets $5.3 billion IMF loan
The $5.3 billion loan deal is an attempt to stave off a fiscal crisis in Pakistan.
Air Passengers Will Pay the Price of Rising Oil: IATA
CEO of International Air Transport Association (IATA) warns that any further spike in oil prices could lead to higher passenger fares.
France calls for delay in US-EU trade deal talks; Germany wants to push forward
France has called for a two-week delay to discussions of a trade deal between the US and the EU in the wake of American spying allegations.
Concern for Norway's currency unfounded
After weeks of negative forecasts from commodity sell-offs the Norwegian krone is set for a rebound.
In Bosnia, politicians block economic progress and insist on ethnic divides
Commentary: Failure to agree on citizen IDs leads to demonstrations.
Obama bids to win back Africa
It remains to be seen how far an American-style town hall meeting will get the US president.
US farmers plant most acres of corn since 1936
Corn prices have fallen on the news that US farmers have planted the most acres of corn since 1936.
Japan emerged unscathed from Global Financial Crisis thanks to bankers' poor English: Aso
Japan can thanks a poor grasp of English among the country's bankers were for weathering the 2008 global credit crisis virtually unscathed, according to Finance Minister Taro Aso.
Is 'state capitalism' killing emerging markets?
Ian Bremmer and Ruchir Sharma duke it out over how the emerging market 'miracle' went wrong.
Number of Americans seeking jobless benefits falls
The number of US workers seeking government unemployment benefits fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a sign of modest economic growth.
EU reaches political deal on 2014-2020 budget
The European Commission and the European Parliament leadership reached a deal on the trillion-euro budget for the next seven years.
US first quarter economic growth weaker than expected
The first quarter growth in the US has been revised downward, with the GDP expanding at a tepid 1.8 percent annual rate.
Eastern Europe: corrupt states or true democracies?
A slew of bad news is clouding the EU’s progress in Eastern Europe.