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A broad selloff in commodities and dollar strength point to disinflationary pressures on the horizon that weaken the argument for a near-term rise in U.S. interest rates, according to some analysts. This week has seen gold prices tumble to five-year lows and U.S. oil prices dip below $50 a barrel for the first time since …

As Greece enters a new week with no imminent signs of securing a deal with creditors to unlock much-needed aid, talk that a debt default is “inevitable” has grown. News emerged on Monday that Greece came so close to defaulting on a 750-million-euro ($855-million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week that Greek …

Dollar traders should brace for a big dose of volatility following the release of Friday’s much-anticipated nonfarm payrolls report, analysts warned. Soft data this week have raised concerns about the U.S. economic outlook, and trading volumes thinned by public holidays across the world have set the dollar up for some potentially wild swings, they said. …

Risky assets such as equities are not yet in bubble territory, Goldman Sachs Chief Global Equity Strategist Peter Oppenheimer said Monday. Talking to CNBC Europe’s “Squawk Box” about the risk of asset-price bubbles, Oppenheimer said an inevitable consequence of a having interest rates near zero was that many investors across the world were pushed up …

Emerging markets have every right to feel nervous before Wednesday’s U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy decision, with the central bank widely tipped to pave the way for a rate hike this year. After all, it was just two years ago when a “taper tantrum” — or the talk of an end to the Fed’s bond-buying …

A slew of data from China on Friday provided fresh signs that the economy is stabilizing, aided by targeted stimulus measures from Beijing. May retail sales rose 12.5 percent on year, above analyst expectations for a 12.1 percent increase in a Reuters poll and their best performance since December. Read More Are China’s property vacancies a …

The U.S. wants to send a message to Beijing that industrial espionage is not fair game — that’s the real point behind criminal charges against five Chinese hackers, analysts say. The Justice Department on Monday filed charges against five hackers in the Chinese military, accusing them of stealing American trade secrets through cyber-espionage, NBC reported. …

As pro-Russia rebels declared victory in a referendum on self-rule in eastern Ukraine, analysts say investors should get ready for a ratcheting up of tensions between the West and Moscow. “The vote is potentially significant because what it could do is encourage separatist leaders to believe that they might have more support in the region …

Tensions over Ukraine have been simmering for weeks and now threaten to spill over into a much deeper risk-off mood in global financial markets, some analysts say. “I do think there is more room for a risk-off move given this Ukraine issue, which has been bubbling away in the background but is increasing in intensity,” …

China is set to overtake the U.S. as the world’s number one economy, while India has jumped into third place ahead of Japan, according to a new study from the world’s leading statistical agencies. The 2011 International Comparison Program (ICP), which involves the World Bank, assesses economies based on purchasing power parity (PPP), an estimate …

Oil prices are poised to shoot through the top of recent ranges amid growing global demand and that could boost U.S. crude by some 36 percent from current levels, one analyst told CNBC. U.S. crude futures were trading around $102.50 a barrel on Tuesday, not far off four-month highs hit last week above $103. Brent crude hovered at …

The outcome of Wednesday’s Federal Reserve meeting is expected to set the tone for trade in the U.S. dollar heading into 2014, whatever decision is reached on the highly-anticipated tapering of monetary stimulus. Contrary to expectations, the dollar has not seen a broad-based surge even as market expectations for when Fed tapering will begin have …

A ‘Great Rotation’ out of bonds into stocks is only just underway and is setting up to be one of the major investment themes of 2014, strategists say. Equities, boosted by monetary stimulus from central banks and a recovery in the global economy, are the best performing asset class so far in 2013. U.S. stocks …