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How do you make money in these markets? Here is what some of the experts have been saying to CNBC.
Hessam Nadji, chief strategy officer at Marcus & Millichap, comments on real estate activity in the U.S. and highlights that commercial property offers compelling yields.
Brent Lang, senior writer at TheWrap, says there will be a "tense race" at the Golden Globes between "2 Years a Slave", "American Hustle" and "Gravity."
Patrick O'Keefe, director of economic research at CohnReznick, says further certainty on fiscal policy and low rates would add to U.S. growth momentum.
James Lockhart Smith, principal analyst for Latin America at Maplecroft, discusses Brazil's economy ahead of the October general elections, with Dilma Roussef remaining the favourite.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, leader of the All Ukrainian Union Fatherland, says the majority of Ukrainians support integration in the European Union, as Russia would not help implement the necessary reforms.
French president, Francois Hollande is said to be considering legal action against Closer Magazine which published a seven-page spread on his alleged affair with an actress, reports CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi.
Zhang Zhiwei, chief China economist at Nomura, says the overall Chinese trade data remain "pretty good" and that he is more worried about the domestic side.
Hans Redeker, global head of foreign exchange strategy at Morgan Stanley, explains why he is "fairly optimistic" on the U.S. economy and why the dollar is on an upward trend.
Mario Draghi, president of the ECB, explains why the ECB chose to keep its policy unchanged and reiterates the bank's forward guidance and "accommodative stance".
Standard Chartered surprised markets by announcing that its finance director, Richard Meddings, would step down at the end of June. Allister Heath from City AM and Andy Brough from Schroders discuss the news.
Andy Brough, fund manager at Schroders, says U.K. retailers are struggling with consumers' move from out-of-town big supermarkets to local, small convenience stores.
Christian Philips, contingency underwriter at Beazley, discusses how the storm in the U.S. has impacted transport and event companies and what the cost of cancellations will be for them.
Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS, says the Fed minutes show that there's "clearly a difference of opinion" regarding tapering and says the Fed should have finished its bond-buying by year-end.
Andrew Lilico, director at Europe Economics, describes the Bank of England's forward guidance as a "daft idea" that has been "misconceived" from the beginning.
Julian Richards, co-director at the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, highlights the "very complicated picture" created by Edward Snowden's revelations, ahead of his expected appearance at the European Parliament.
Bryan Roberts, retail insights director at Kantar Retail, discusses U.K. retail sales over the holiday period and says that the "fragmentation" of shopping behavior means spending is being spread across several brands.
Jeff Ng, south-east Asia economist at Standard Chartered, expects both the Indonesian and South Korean central banks to hike rates this year after leaving them unchanged on Thursday.
Thorsten Polleit, chief economist at Degussa Goldhandel, says euro zone inflation numbers are a "strong incentive" for the ECB to push ahead with further easing policies in the coming months.
Answering CNBC's Geoff Cutmore, Mario Draghi highlights that the "weak" and "fragile" European recovery is vulnerable to many risks as unemployment remains "unacceptably high".