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The Great Depression in 1929, the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 and the dot-com bubble bursting in 2001 – all these events happened during the year of the snake. So, should we be worried about what 2013 - the latest Chinese Year of the Black Water Snake – has in store for us? The annual Feng Shui Index brought out by Asian brokerage CLSA gives some clues.
Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS tells CNBC's Adam Bakhtiar how the bank's China business weighed on the firm's earnings. He explains how Singapore's property tightening measures will impact his bank.
Jonathan Barratt, Founder, Barratt's Bulletin says commodity prices may find some support if Mario Draghi signals that he will support existing stimulus. He adds that Chinese data due tomorrow will weigh on prices as well.
Philippe Uzan, Chief Investment Officer, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management explains why he's searching for clues in ECB chief Mario Draghi's comments. He is optimistic that EUR/USD will have a better year in 2013.
Stanley Szeto, Member, Young Presidents' Organization explains why business leaders in the region are more optimistic than 3-6 months ago. He also discusses the correlation between CEO and consumer confidence.
Gareth Berry, FX Strategist, UBS Investment Bank discusses what to look out for when the ECB meets. He adds that the ECB has naturally been reluctant to discuss about the euro's levels.
Lim Say Boon, Chief Investment Officer, DBS Private Bank says the ECB will likely keep the refinancing rate on hold but Mario Draghi is likely to talk about keeping the euro low. He says the rise in Spanish and Italian 10-year bond yields is partly due to political uncertainty.
Lim Say Boon, Chief Investment Officer, DBS Private Bank says unlimited central bank intervention has taken a large amount of tail risks off the table. He has moved from being neutral to overweight on stocks.
Laura Papi, IMF's Mission Chief to India believes the country's central bank should continue its fight against inflation, which she deems critical for restoring confidence and attracting investment.
Mariana Kou, Consumer Analyst at CLSA shares how markets will trade in the year of the Black Water Snake, based on the firm's 19th annual Feng Shui Index forecasts.
Jeffrey Schwartz, Deputy Chairman at Global Logistic Properties reports a 30.7% rise in Q3 net profits and is optimistic about the company's outlook. He speaks about the company's J-Reit listing in Tokyo.
Arthur Hogan, Managing Director & Head of Product Strategy Equity Research at Lazard Capital Markets says neither the Democrats nor the Republicans appear to be afraid of the sequester. He says this could be a chance for markets to pull back on the recent rally.
Arthur Hogan, Managing Director & Head of Product Strategy Equity Research at Lazard Capital Markets says the ECB is the only central bank that appears to be tightening. He says this has impacted the euro and led to pressure on exporters.
The early departure of the Bank of Japan's (BOJ) governor can only mean one thing: aggressive monetary easing from Japan's central bank could now come sooner rather than later.
David Marshall, Senior Analyst, Asia-Pacific Financials, CreditSights gives his reaction to DBS' quarterly earnings. He adds that poor results from DBS' China business should give investors reason to be concerned.
Steve Johnson, MD, The Intelligent Investor, discusses the challenges faced by Australia's retail sector. He thinks retailers need to get their business models right in order to maintain growth.
Richard Jerram, Chief Economist, Bank of Singapore says it's become a pressing need for China to create a social safety net as its population ages. He adds that the net will help propel the economy to a consumer-led model.
Richard Jerram, Chief Economist, Bank of Singapore says it makes sense for BOJ Governor Shirakawa to step aside at the same time as his deputies. He discusses who could be the next governor.
Sumit Agarwal, Associate Professor of Finance, NUS Business School discusses the developments in the rate-rigging probe by Singapore. He adds that regulators were right in launching a probe into rate-setting operations.
Steven Saywell, Global Head of FX Currency Strategy, Europe, BNP Paribas thinks long-term fair value for EUR/USD is at 1.32-1.33. He adds that EUR/USD could reach 1.40 by the middle of 2013.