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European stocks closed lower on Wednesday, led downwards by Britain's FTSE 100, due to concerns that both the U.K. and U.S. central bank may tighten monetary policy earlier than anticipated.
Alec Young, global equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ, says investors are getting "increasingly obsessed" with central bank tapering, which is affecting the markets.
Kathy Lien, managing director of FX strategy at BK Asset Management, explains why sterling dropped and then recovered after Bank of England governor Mark Carney's policy announcement.
Jens Larsen, chief European economist at RBC Capital Markets, says the Bank of England will try its hardest to convince the markets that interest rates will stay lower for longer.
Julian Callow chief international economist at Barclays, and CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi, discuss the Bank of England's forward guidance policy.
Laurent Mignon, CEO of Natixis, says that all the rules on banks need to be standardized across the globe, or else they could risk hampering economic recovery.
Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects, says that supply disruption in North Africa is creating a large number of barrels offline.
European shares turned down on Tuesday afternoon, after U.S. stocks opened lower on renewed fears that the Federal Reserve will start tapering its massive stimulus program in September.
Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group, says that uncertainty about next Federal Reserve chairman, and the direction of interest rate policy, is creating caution in the stock market.
Johnathan Portes, director of NIESR, says he is optimistic about the prospect of a sustained recover in the U.K., but said it will be driven by consumer spending, which could create the risk of an "unbalanced recovery".
Johnathan Portes, director of NIESR, says that "sensible" forward guidance would be pegged to a target like the unemployment rate, but said this would not be a "cost-free option".
Charles Diebel, head of market strategy at Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking and Markets, says that the European Central Bank's rates cut and use of OMT has helped to stabilize the euro zone, but the region is a long way off being on the path of recovery.
John Authers, senior investment columnist at the Financial Times, says it makes sense to look into meat alternatives, but affordability will be key.
The $325,000 in-vitro burger could help lead to sustainable meat production, according to the Netherlands-based researcher Mark Post.
European shares were mixed on Monday afternoon, as a worse-than-expected earnings report from HSBC weighed on the market, following strong data from Europe's services sector.
Ed Dempsey, chief investment officer at Pension Partners, says that the current period of good economic data is a "sweet spot" for equity investors.
John Authers, senior investment columnist at the Financial Times, and Simon Maughan, financial sector strategist at Olivetree Financial Group, discuss HSBC's earnings, and how companies that miss their targets are getting "badly punished".
David Enrich, European banking editor at the Wall Street Journal, says banks are reducing assets to improve leverage ratios.
Eugen Weinberg, head of commodity research and Commerzbank, says now is not the time to buy gold as sentiment for the metal remains weak.
European shares closed mixed on Friday after data showed the number of U.S. jobs increased by less than expected in July.