FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, a chef walks in the headquarter campus of Alibaba Group in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province.
Japan's Topix index closed at a six-year high as the yen tumbled after the Federal Reserve raised its estimates for interest rates.
On Wednesday, lawmakers approved the stop-gap measure that prevents the October 1st shutdown of the government. The bill also allows the United States Export and Import Bank to continue operating for the next nine months.
Investment guru Jim Rogers seems not to have lost his touch. Interviewed by a Nihon Keizai Shimbun blogger this week, the 72 year old now Singapore resident spoke of having made a 180 degree change in this investment strategy.
Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, has warned of a deflationary spiral of falling prices and household postponing spending.