SAO PAULO, Dec 17- Grupo BTG Pactual SA's Chilean unit obtained a permanent banking license to operate in the country on Wednesday, allowing Latin America's largest independent investment bank to start operations in Chile by the end of January. In a statement, BTG Pactual said the unit, known as Banco BTG Pactual Chile, wanted a full banking license in Chile to "grow...» Read More
"When I go around to my fellow CEOs, people are frightened about whether you want to invest in the United States," he said.
Hao Hong, MD of Research & Chief Strategist at Bank of Communications International, says the real test of Chinese reform is whether the government can sit tight if growth falls below 7% in 2014.
Kenneth Bentsen, President of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association says the U.S. budget deal is a good move towards reducing risk.
The U.S. pledged to keep any trade deal from weakening its regulations, and said it would press to match efforts to make banking and trading safer.
Jim McCaferty, Head of Regional Research at CIMB makes a case for investing in North Asian markets versus their South East Asian peers.
Erwin Sanft, MD & Head of China & HK Equity Research at Standard Chartered expects money to flow back into Chinese markets after Beijing's pro-market reform plans.
Chi Lo, Senior Strategist, Greater China, BNP Paribas Investment Partners and Frederic Neumann, MD & Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC say shadow banking and credit risks could still rise in the next few years despite China's reform plans.
Jing Ulrich, managing director at JPMorgan, says Chinese reforms should be wide-ranging and reveal the country's roadmap for the coming years and advises investing in services and consumer stocks.
Geoff Raby, Vice Chairman, Macquarie Group China also the Former Australian Ambassador to the PRC speaks about the likely reforms China's leaders may unveil at the Third Plenum.
Uwe Parpart, head of research at Reorient Financial Markets, describes China's housing market as "healthy" and expects some "very important" reforms to be announced regarding interest rates.
Former Rep. Barney Frank said it would be embarrassing and wrong if JPMorgan ended up being compensated by the FDIC.
Robert Pickel, CEO, International Swaps and Derivatives Association says despite the bad reputation that derivatives have been left with following the 2008 global financial crisis, most of the instruments used are safe.
David Costa, Dean at Robert Kennedy College discusses Italy's competitive aspects.
Catherine Yeung, Investment Director, Fidelity Worldwide Investment talks about the investment opportunities in China's reform agenda and why Thailand is in a "sweet-spot".
Peter Schaffrik, head of European rates strategy at RBC Capital Markets, says now is the time for the Italian government to push through some reforms and discusses the U.K.'s latest PMI.
Michael Klibaner, head of research China at Jones Lang LaSalle, describes the Shanghai free trade as a "symbolic gesture" but stresses that China needs financial market reforms.
Brian Brenberg, assistant professor, explains what economic freedom is and why the U.S. has slipped from the second place worldwide to the seventeenth in one year.
Op-ed: Five years after Lehman Brothers, big pillars of reform are still not in place and five years from now, we could find ourselves in another financial crisis.
Five years after the collapse of Lehman Bros. and the bailout of AIG, regulators insist that the banking system is safer. But critics say not so fast.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reflects on the what was lost and what was learned in the global financial crisis.