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Money really does grow on trees, albeit slowly. Owners of two of the world's biggest sandalwood plantations are about to get a big payoff. After a 15-year wait, the trees, prized for their aromatic wood and oil, are maturing at just the right time. Prices are soaring, there's rising demand from China, and leading producer India is experiencing a shortfall. That makes the Australian trees worth about $1,500 apiece, proving the old adage that good things come to those who wait.—Kristine Servando

The wonderful world of China stocks. China is looking mighty attractive to this $6.7 billion global hedge fund, whose macro credit fund outperformed peers in January. Political cohesion and tight controls on capital flows are buffering China against global market turmoil, according to the fund's chief investment officer, who shares further insights on China, India and Trump.

Trump's government steps up immigration crackdown. Whether or not the courts uphold Trump's ban on travelers from seven Muslim majority countries, the president still has a vast legal arsenal at his disposal for limiting immigration into the country deporting millions of undocumented people. Keep a close eye on Trump's key moves day-by-day with this interactive tracker.

Sun, sand and... secret police.  Saudi Arabia's rulers want to promote the country as a tourist destination, but they may have their work cut out for them. Quite aside from the fact the country doesn't even issue tourist visas, its alcohol ban, strict dress code, and curbs on gender mixing will likely raise a red flag to the hardiest of holidaymakers.

This may be the best carry trade in currency markets. With global currency volatility near a three-month low, emerging currencies are ripe with opportunity, from the Brazilian real to the Thai baht and Russian ruble. But the Taiwan dollar leads the pack this year, defying concerns that U.S. protectionist policies could hurt exports. 

Warren Buffett took his own advice when he walked away following Unilever's rejection of Kraft Heinz's Buffett-backed takeover bid. The failed megadeal illustrates one of Buffett’s favorite investing principles: there’s no need to chase deals. Buying companies, he has observed, is like hitting a baseball. Don’t swing at one that’s out of your comfort zone.

A new vision of how Brexit will affect Britain. The UK economy may be paying for the decision to leave the EU for a long time to come. And while it won’t mean Armageddon, the broad consensus among economists is for a prolonged effect that will ultimately diminish output, jobs and wealth. 

Asia's 50 best restaurants are revealed. The winner for the third year running is a Bangkok-based Indian restaurant whose 25-course tasting menu is written entirely in emojis. Singapore, meanwhile, had three restaurants in the top 10, while Hong Kong had two. 

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