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Mark Parry, senior investment manager at Aberdeen Solutions, highlights that there is a lot more issues going on in the U.S. beyond tapering, such as Bernanke's successor and the debt ceiling.
Fashion retailer Topshop has chosen the "innovative" Chirp app to connect and send content to its fans and consumers, reports CNBC's Karen Tso from London Fashion Week.
Patrick Bergel, CEO of Chirp, tells CNBC how Chirp became the top app in over 50 countries worldwide in less than a year, and why it has the potential to become "a very powerful technology".
Michael Sneyd, FX analyst at BNP Paribas, expects the U.S. dollar to gain ground against other low-yielding G10 currencies in the case of "dovish tapering", but weaken against riskier currencies.
Charlie Parker, investment editor at Citywire, says that while there are plenty of reasons to start tapering at a gradual pace, there is little reason to accelerate it and "take risk on it".
Roger Kay, president and founder of Endpoint Technologies Associates, comments on the news that Twitter is heading for an IPO, which could be the "biggest this year", and Twitter's strategy.
Hannah Almassi, fashion editor at Grazia, discusses the global fashion industry and highlights the differences between the fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris.
David Sneddon, managing director and global head of technical analysis at Credit Suisse, charts the performance of the IBEX. He expects it to continue to rally.
European shares closed higher on Friday, despite investors' caution ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting next week.
Steve Barrow, head of G10 research at Standard Bank, expects the Federal Reserve to start tapering in December, and says that if it happens in September, it will be "benign".
Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at RICS, explains why he thinks the Bank of England should not allow house prices to rise more than 5 percent annually.
Pierre Moscovici, France finance minister, explains that growth should be the global priority, and argues that the country is not "the sick child of Europe", and is reforming fast.
Geoffrey Yu, foreign exchange strategist at UBS, explains there is "not much juice left in the dollar", and advises getting back into risk.
Harris Georgiades, Cyprus's finance minister, says the country's resilience has exceeded expectations, as the island is now "out of the danger zone" and has entered a "stabilization phase".
Jens Larsen, chief European economist at RBC Capital Markets, says tapering is the "beginning of the end" and that investors will start talking about exit strategy and rate hike as soon as it starts.
Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, highlights that there is a financial case for companies to curb their greenhouse emissions, but that there are not listening to it.
Marianne Brown, CEO of Omgeo, says that many trades fail because of settlement cycles and adds that when Europe harmonizes its cycle on the U.S. it will "mitigate risk".
Antoine Halff, editor of IEA's monthly Oil Market Report, comments on the oil market and says prices should ease as a lot more supply is expected to arrive on the market.
Yra Harris, partner at Praxis Trading, expects the Fed to announce tapering at the next meeting but reiterates that the impact from tapering has already happened.
European shares closed off session lows on Thursday, after investor confidence took a hit earlier in the session with the release of weaker-than-expected euro zone data.