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MODI: OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR A NEW INDIA

COVER STORY | INDIA
As prime minister Narendra Modi begins his term in office, global market watchers are hopeful that it could signal a sea change for India’s governance, economy and friendliness to business. But most are tempering that enthusiasm with a dose of skepticism.

ASIA: READING THE TEA LEAVES

REGIONAL FOCUS | EMERGING ASIA
The bigger the opportunity, the bigger the risk. This certainly holds true for frontier and emerging economies in Asia. Finding the right balance between the two is a key challenge for multinationals looking to invest there.

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Swiss June Exports Steady on Demand For Chemicals, Watches

By Neil MacLucas ZURICH--Steady demand for Switzerland's pharmaceutical and chemical goods from Asia supported modest export growth in June. Exports in June rose 2.2% year over year in real terms adjusted for inflation to 16.9 billion Swiss francs ($18.8 billion), ...

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By Hiroyuki Kachi The yen weakened against its rivals in otherwise directionless Asian trade Tuesday, with investors taking a breather from geopolitical developments in eastern Ukraine and Gaza, and instead returning their focus to economic indicators coming out this week. ...