Short-selling accounted for 38.3 percent of trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the highest ratio since the bourse began keeping daily records more than six years ago. Bloomberg's David Ingles has more on "First Up."

In today's "Single Best Chart," Bloomberg's Brendan Greeley displays the decline of crude steel output in China. Watch the video to see more.

The institution will directly compete with the America-backed World Bank and the IMF. It will provide loans for infrastructure projects - some of which would be unlikely to get support elsewhere.

In a special report, RT America examines the origins, power and expansion of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS). RT’s Ben Swann delves into the roots of the organization while Ameera David explains how the group amasses the millions of dollars it requires to operate. Finally, Manuel Rapalo explores how the Iraqi army fell apart despite benefiting from billions of dollars of US money – and military hardware – meant to ensure security.

Things aren't always as they appear. Here's a look at the "coincidental" timing of events that show the secret connection between Saudi Arabia and Japan, and what it all has to do with why oil prices are falling.

Leaders from China and Japan met for the first time in two-and-a-half years as they seek to repair ties frayed by territorial and historical disputes. Watch the video to see the awkward moment.

Here's a look at the death of gas giant Total's CEO, Christophe de Margerie, and how it relates to the current currency war against the petrodollar involving China and Russia.

Welcome to North Korea where you have to follow your guide’s instructions and only take pictures of what we say. To some the people are repressed, though they prefer to describe themselves as "protected," at least on camera. Life here is the result of a unique 70-year social experiment in which the people are "shielded" from the "corrupting influence" of the outside world. Dynastic leader Marshal Kim Jong-un, who inherited the job from his father and grandfather, continues their political heritage. An RTD film crew was granted rare access to this unique country, which may seem to have leapt from the pages of a dystopian novel, to see what life is really like and what the people really think of their homeland and its leader.

Here's a look at how Japan is manipulating the future of its economy through the stock market and how it could be secretly working with the US in this round of the currency wars.

This week, Ivan Lo talks about how the Fed influences the stock market and how central banks, such as Japan, directly influence stock prices. Read more to find out where much of the liquidity provided by central banks are going.

Every day we're blind-sided by yet another piece of news that encourages us to forget about the importance of the news that happened the day before. Every day we're misguided by politicians or bankers that make us believe what they want us to believe. Today, I want to share with you what's REALLY happening between Russia, China, and the United States.