John Wilson, Stock Broker at Morgans Financial, says Australia's mining stocks may get a leg-up from the better-than-expected Chinese GDP data, but iron ore prices will remain the determining factor in the long run.
Jim O'Shaughnessy, member of the "Squawk Box" inaugural Portfolio Challenge, believes time-tested fundamentals give some international stocks an edge.
Sharply lower oil prices are widely hailed as a positive for most Asian markets, but that hasn't slowed fund outflows or raised growth forecasts much.
Australia took a double-whammy from record-low interest rates and commodity-price drops, but the selloff has left its market attractive to yield chasers.
David Greene, Head of Dealing at AFEX Australia, outlines factors that may have tamed domestic spending in Australia, but says the data could be a pre-cursor to a better figure in December.
Joe Magyer, Senior Analyst at The Motley Fool, advises investors to keep an eye on stocks with "free upside on higher interest rates", like Australian stock transfer company Computershare.
Jonathan Barratt, Chief Investment Officer at Ayers Alliance Securities, outlines the "encouraging signs" which may help iron ore prices rally to $75 a tonne.
Nicholas Holt, Head of Research for Asia Pacific at Knight Frank, expects Sydney and Tokyo's residential property markets to do well this year, while China's housing space will continue to struggle.
China is looking at signing an agreement with the U.S. to target assets illegally taken out of the mainland by corrupt officials amid a continuing anti-graft battle.
Where are the commodity currencies heading over the next year? Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank seems confident that we should watch the "Aussie/Yen" in 2015.
The U.S. dollar's increased buying power has presented opportunities for Americans to jet off to more exotic places.
The 8th Extreme Sailing series held the last leg of its world tour in Sydney last week. CNBC's Matthew Taylor got a taste of the action up close and personal.
Uber's in hot water again after new rape allegations. How can Uber make its $40 billion ride-sharing service safer?
David Gordon, International Capital Strategies, discusses the increase in violent terrorist acts around the globe.
Clover Moore, Mayor of Sydney, tells CNBC's Matthew Taylor that the honoring of hostages killed in the siege is "consoling" and Sydney remains as a "tolerant and inclusive" city after the tragedy.
Sydney's Lord Major, Clover Moore says Australia will not be defeated by this hostage event. CNBC's Matt Taylor reports more on how Australia's public has coped.
Ameer Ali, Former President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, outlines what the Australian police have fallen short in doing while resolving the hostage incident in Sydney.
After the Sydney hostage crisis, the hashtag "I'll ride with you" started trending overnight, aimed at spreading a message of tolerance across the country.
Keith Suter, Foreign Affairs Editor at Channel 7, describes the gunman as a "lone activist with an appalling criminal record" and the hostage incident shouldn't be linked to Australia's war on terror.
Angel Rabasa, Senior Political Scientist at RAND, says Australia's hostage incident can occur in any country and the world is facing the greatest jihadist threat since 9/11.