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Jonathan Fenby, managing director for the China team at Trusted Sources, highlights that Xi Jinping is a "big contrast" to his predecessor, and explains what it means for China.
Hans Stoter, CIO at ING Investment Management, says that the "next leg up" for equities will have to come from earnings growth, as valuations are fair.
European equities closed higher on Thursday as investors around the world reacted to the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to maintain low rates while winding down its stimulus program.
Marcus Grubb, managing director for investment research and marketing at the World Gold Council, admits that 2013 was very challenging for gold and discusses expectations for 2014.
Thanos Papasavvas, strategist for fixed income and currencies at Investec Asset Management, explains why he expects 10-year Treasurys to gradually move higher through 2014.
Mike Amey, portfolio manager at PIMCO, says the Bank of England has some "tricky messaging ahead" regarding forward guidance, as the unemployment threshold looms.
Lilit Gevorgyan, senior economist at IHS Global Insight, discusses the Russian aid package for Ukraine which includes bond buying and reduced gas prices, and what it means for the Ukrainian economy.
European equities closed higher on Wednesday, recouping the previous day's losses, as investors prepared for the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's final policy meeting of the year.
Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Sterne Agee, says the Fed is unlikely to taper for a while as the U.S. labor market has yet to show "irrefutable evidence" that it's on the mend.
Pierre Moscovici, France's finance minister, discusses the banking plans discussed by euro zone finance ministers, including a common backstop.
Philippe Gudin, chief European economist at Barclays, explains why he hopes the European Parliament won't accept the banking union deal proposed by the Eurogroup.
David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance, estimates that "Brand Santa" is worth around $1.6 trillion - some twenty times the size of Apple.
Kevin Norrish, head of commodities research for EMEA and Asia at Barclays, says that 2013 was a tough year for commodities, and while 2014 will be difficult, "things are gradually getting better."
David Kuo, CEO of The Motley Fool Singapore, says that China remains a "land of opportunities" and selects the stocks he thinks should do well in Asia in the future.
European equities closed lower on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting of the year.
Jon Cox, head of European equities at Kepler Chevreux, says that in 2014, discretionary products should do particularly well as the consumer mood improves globally.
Simon Segars, CEO of ARM Holdings, says there is lots of innovation ahead at the high-end of mobiles devices and discusses the group's outlook for 2014.
European equities ended the day slightly lower on Friday after a day of flattish trade, as investors continued to speculate over when the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to unwind its bond-buying program.
Declan Ganley, CEO of Ganley Group, argues that Ireland is in the same position it was in 2010 and that "nothing has been done" to resolve the debt "saddled" on taxpayers.
Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank, warns that the U.K. is likely to face several political challenges in 2014.