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Cocoa prices have risen almost 20 percent year to date. CNBC's Adam Bakhtiar visits a factory in Singapore to find out whether rising prices have dampened chocolate demand in Asia.

Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan studies at the Council for Foreign Relations, discusses the defense agreement between India and Japan, as well as the Indian Prime Minister's speech to Japanese businesses.

In conjunction with "The World's Biggest Risks" special report, CNBC's Adam Bakhtiar examines the impact of rising geopolitical tensions around the world.

Adir Shiffman, Chairman of Catapult Sports, introduces the firm's wearable analytics device and explains why it justifies the steep price tag of $100,000.

John Rutledge, Chief Investment Strategist at SAFANAD, expects the U.S. to see a raft of upbeat data this week that will confirm a strengthening job market and strong growth.

Greg Smith, Group CEO at Global Commodities, says renewed tensions in Ukraine will fuel concerns of a supply disruption and that will lift oil prices higher in the weeks ahead.

After stripping out the base effects, the underlying trend in the inflation data does not reflect a downtrend, says Euben Paracuelles, Executive Director and Southeast Asia Economist at Nomura.

Robert Chow, Spokesman, Alliance for Peace and Democracy, says Beijing has always been clear about the degree of autonomy it will give Hong Kong. He also discusses the response from the city's citizens.

Stephen Nagy, Associate Professor, Department of Politics & International Studies at Tokyo International Christian University, discusses Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan.

Louis Kuijs, Chief Economist, Greater China at RBS, says August's manufacturing data reflect a renewed slowdown in China amid persisting domestic risks and slowing global trade.

The fall in Indonesia's purchasing managers' index for August indicates that the country's manufacturing sector is facing challenges, says Wellian Wiranto, Economist at OCBC.

Alex Wong, Director of Asset Management at Ample Capital, says a smaller-than-expected turnout at Sunday's protest helped Hong Kong shares to shrug off political unrest.

Charles Rivkin, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, describes the importance of trade ties with Southeast Asia and discusses competition from Chinese firms.

Tony Nash, Vice President at Delta Economics, explains his bearish outlook on China's factory activity for the second half of 2014.

CNBC's Emily Tan reports from the Asia World Expo where Li Fei, a member of the top committee of China's parliament, commented on Beijing's parliamentary ruling.

Nizam Idris, Head of Strategy, Fixed Income & Currencies at Macquarie, says the slowing of activity in Chinese factories for August boils down to seasonal factors.

Edward Chin, Organizer of Financial Professionals for Occupy Central, says the campaign is intended as a last resort if Beijing fails to return the rule of fair play to Hong Kong's elections.

Jonathan Pain, Author of The Pain Report, highlights geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and a possible deflation in the euro zone as the biggest risks for stock markets.

James Tien, Party Leader of HK Liberal Party, says Hong Kong citizens should remember the city is not independent and explains why China's latest ruling is an improvement from the past.

Daryl Liew, Head Of Portfolio Management at REYL Singapore, expects U.S. equities to see a 10 percent consolidation soon. He later explains why he likes European stocks.

Mahendra Negi, CFO, Trend Micro and Pakorn Peetathawatchai, Chief Strategy and Finance Officer, Stock Exchange of Thailand, debate the possibility of an upcoming stock market correction.

Benny Tai, Co-founder of Occupy Central, says the group is planning a series of protests in response to China's parliamentary ruling.

Kevin Murphy, Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and David Kelly, Chief Global Strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds, discuss the issue of inequality in the U.S..

David Kelly, Chief Global Strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds, says investors remain skeptical about the recent record gains on Wall Street as the U.S. continues to see a sluggish recovery.

Joe Magyer, Senior Analyst at The Motley Fool, describes the risks in Beijing's strategy of using stimulus to maintain the country's rapid growth.

A television host points to a graph on a screen at the New York Stock Exchange in New York.

In conjunction with "The World's Biggest Risks" special report, CNBC's Pauline Chiou and Adam Bakhtiar discuss some of the biggest financial crises in the past century.

China's parliament announced on Sunday that it will control the nomination of candidates for 2017 elections in Hong Kong. CNBC's Eunice Yoon has more.

Ray Attrill, Co-Head of FX Strategy at National Australia Bank, discusses whether the nonfarm payrolls report or the European Central Bank's policy decision will be more dangerous for markets.

Jim Awad, Managing Director at Zephyr Management, expects Wall Street to continue its rally amid light trading in the week ahead.

This week's market movers     Sun, 31 Aug '14 | 6:06 PM ET

Monthly indicators from the U.S. and China alongside central bank decisions in Australia and Japan are some of this week's key events, reports CNBC's Pauline Chiou.

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