Alberto Gallo, head of European macro credit research at RBS, says Banco Espirito Santo has capital problems not solvency issues.» Read More
Shadow banks are "helpful" institutions that must only be regulated if they create a systemic risk for banks, argues Andreas Dombret, member of the executive board at Deutsche Bundesbank.
Chinese invetsments are welcome in South Africa and the wider continent says Jacob Zuma, South Africa president, as foreign direct investments in the country doubled in 2013.
Cormac Leech, bank equity researcher at Liberum Capital, says RBS's "kitchen sinking" in 2013 will enable the group to make rapid progress over the coming two years to become "highly investable."
Alexey Kilichenko, Severstal CFO, says that despite strong demand forecasts, oversupply remains an issue.
Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Telekom Austria, says that the group is seeing "positive signals" but that it might still be too early to say that a turnaround is underway.
European stocks opened mixed on Thursday continuing the risk aversion seen in asset markets this week.
South Africa is consolidating its budget deficit says Pravin Gordhan, South African finance minister, adding that the country needs a "big leap" towards collective action between the government and the private sector.
Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainment, says that, in the last few years, the group registered "significant growth" as the business is recession-proof.
Dick Boer, Ahold CEO, says growth in the U.S. market is limited as consumers continue to be cautious with their spending and discusses investments, including in its online division.
The up to $19 billion spent on Whatsapp by Facebook looks "a bit potty" says Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP CEO, saying the group continues to invest a lot more in Google than in Facebook.
Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP CEO, hails the group's good results and says emerging countries remain its most profitable markets but that currency issues should remain an issue through 2014.
Beat Wittmann, CEO of TCMG Asset Management, discusses the financial sector in Europe and says he is "very bullish" on euro zone financials.
Domenico Crapanzano, head of European rates at Jefferies, says that the OMT has worked out "pretty well" for the ECB and that negative rates are more likely than another round of quantitative easing.
The Bundesbank is unlikely to participate in the ECB's OMT program even if the European Justice Court deems it legal, argues Hans-Werner Sinn, president of the Ifo Institute for Economic research.
The South African budget is all about "fiscal prudence" explains Pravin Gordhan, South Africa's finance minister, who introduced a "detailed 5-year plan" for the economy.
Pravin Gordhan, South Africa's finance minister, discusses the country's economy and says the currency must be at a level at which exporters can stay competitive
South Africa's message to foreign investors is that the government has "declared war on corruption" says Jacob Zuma, South Africa president.
CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi recaps RBS's results, from its losses to its cost-cutting program and warns there is a still lot of work to do.
Ukraine's new leadership introduced its cabinet on Wednesday evening, comprising known technocrats and new figures as Russian "war games" get into motion, reports NBC's Jim Maceda from Moscow.
Geoffrey Yu, foreign exchange strategist at UBS, calls for caution on emerging market currencies as reform agendas remain very poor in most of them.
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