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Matthew Turner, metals analyst at Macquarie, tells CNBC that the momentum is with equities as they go up while gold falls, so investors should get out of the latter in favor of the former.
Marcus Ashworth, head of fixed income at Espirito Santo Investment Bank, tells CNBC that the Japanese bond market is 'the most important element in the world'.
Bernard Arnault, France's richest man, has abandoned attempts to obtain Belgian nationality and will keep paying tax in his native country.
Didier Saint Georges, member of the investment committee at Carmignac Gestion, explains why he is increasing his exposure to the dollar versus the euro, and why he remains concerned about U.S. employment.
Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects, tells CNBC that Brent should hold above $100 for the foreseeable future, although downward pressures remain.
European shares extended gains to close sharply higher on Wednesday, with investor sentiment boosted by U.S. stocks reaching record highs and a successful Italian bond auction.
Tom Elliott, global strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, warns that the U.S. housing market might not be strong enough to cope with the repercussions of an end to QE.
John Everard, former U.K. ambassador to North Korea, says Kim Jong-Un wants the U.S. to acknowledge his nuclear power, but adds that China's reaction to the missile launch is the one to watch.
Charlie Parker, investment editor at Citywire, tells CNBC the FOMC minutes are an important indicator of when quantitative easing will end in the U.S.
Christoph Rieger, head of interest rate strategy at Commerzbank, questions whether central banks' stimulus is actually serving its purpose and says the U.S. should tighten monetary policy sooner rather than later.
As the French government is mired in a growing scandal over secret foreign bank accounts, President Francois Hollande called for tax havens to be eradicated.
Max Knudsen, chief market strategist at ADS Securities, gives CNBC a technical look at the fortunes of dollar/yen and sterling.
Yves Leterme, deputy secretary-general of the OECD, talks to CNBC about the situation in Slovenia and says that letting the weaker banks fail would help strengthen the financial market.
European shares closed mixed on Tuesday, with upward momentum coming from the basic resources sector.
Larry McDonald, senior director, credit sales and trading at Newedge Group, tells CNBC that he doesn't like the risk/reward on offer in the U.S., so emerging markets offer better value.
Dominic Dyer, executive director at American European Institute, reflects on Jack Lew's European visit, suggesting his soundbites reflect growing concern in the U.S. over the state of the European economy.
Kit Juckes, global head of foreign exchange strategy at Societe Generale, and Michael Gallagher, director of research at IDEAglobal, discuss how monetary tightening in the U.S will impact government bonds yields.
France's economy is at near-stall speed, trade and budget deficits widened last month and the country is embroiled in increasing political uncertainty.
Charles Moore, official Thatcher biographer and writer for the Daily Telegraph and Spectator, and Tim Stanley, historian and author at Oxford University, discuss what Margaret Thatcher's legacy will be; both in Britain and on the world stage.
Isabel Cavill, senior retail analyst at Planet Retail, tells CNBC that freezing temperatures in Britain is hurting retailers as consumer trends change, meaning only the most flexible can thrive.