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Jon Terry, partner in reward and compensation at PWC, tells CNBC that caps on bankers' bonuses which will prevent pay from being linked to performance, are undoubtedly a bad thing for the industry.
Kevin Rose, global sales and marketing director at Bentley, tells CNBC that individuality and personality are key to the luxury market's success, whereas mass market products have become too much of a commodity.
Norman Villaman, CIO for Europe at Coutts, tells CNBC that U.S. equities are approaching fair value and he wouldn't encourage people to invest.
France's finance minister has voiced concern about political and economic deadlock in Europe, but analysts warn his own country needs attention urgently.
As a deadlock continues over automatic spending cuts, an analyst told CNBC the United States is living in a "fantasy world" and will need to implement trillions more in budget reductions.
Erik Berglof, chief economist at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, tells CNBC why the benefits of Lativa joining the euro outweigh the negatives.
Stephen Fidler, Brussels bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal, tells CNBC that he expects no firm decisions from a meeting of EU finance ministers, a body which refuses to act unless forced.
Stephen Isaacs, chairman of the investment committee at Alvine Capital, tells CNBC that we're only four years into this bull market and investors should be aggressively engaging right now.
Kent Moors, editor of Oil & Energy Investor and professor at Duquesne University, tells CNBC that global demand for oil is keeping prices high, bucking the traditional trend of a European economic crash sending prices plunging down.
Allister Heath, editor of CityAM, tells CNBC why the Swiss pay vote is far more sensible than a "disastrous" potential EU cap on bankers' bonuses.
Stephen King, chief global economist at HSBC, tells CNBC that politics rather than economics is looking most likely to cause a market shock.
David Riley, global managing director of sovereign ratings at Fitch Ratings, tells CNBC that although the sequester isn't ideal, it will neither derail the U.S. recovery nor trigger a ratings cut.
Greece has been reclassified from a "developed" to an "emerging market" by a major U.S.-based fund manager.
European shares edged lower on Friday, impacted by weaker bank and mining stocks.
Tanuja Randery, CEO of MarketPrizm, says the Italian transaction tax will increase the cost of Italian equities and the negative impact on liquidity will be greater than the tax revenues it raises.
Tom Elliott, global strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, says the U.S. economy can absorb the sequester cuts, but the potential weight of Medicare over the next couple of decades needs to be addressed.
Patrick Coveney, CEO of Greencore, says to win back consumer confidence after the horse meat scandal, common standards have to be set for the food supply chain.
Stephen Hester, CEO of RBS, says the bank has one more big year of restructuring in 2013 before it starts looking like a normal company.
Paul Donovan, deputy head of global economics at UBS, says a weak yen is not universally good for the Japanese economy, as many companies export in the yen.
Leopoldo Alvear, CFO of Bankia, says the bank's balance sheet is clean from real estate assets and covered for credits, ready to return to profitability this year.