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With a low debt-to-GDP ratio, Russia isn't having a balance sheet crisis that will lead to a default, says Jim Swanson, Chief Investment Strategist at MFS Investment Management.
Keith Suter, Foreign Affairs Editor at Channel 7, describes the gunman as a "lone activist with an appalling criminal record" and the hostage incident shouldn't be linked to Australia's war on terror.
Frederic Neumann, MD & Co-Head of Asian Economics at HSBC, says the contraction in December's flash purchasing managers' index indicates that China is in need of more easing.
Angel Rabasa, Senior Political Scientist at RAND, says Australia's hostage incident can occur in any country and the world is facing the greatest jihadist threat since 9/11.
Uwe Parpart, MD & Head of Research at Reorient Financial Markets, discusses news that Russian central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 percent on Monday.
Andrew Rickards, CEO & Executive Director of Yoma Strategic Holdings, discusses the significance of the $100 million loan from Asian Development Bank.
While relations between America and the mainland have become more complex, the general trend shows improvements, says Richard Vuylsteke, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
John Kingston, Global Director Of News at Platts, expects energy prices to see short-lived downward spikes to $20-30 a barrel on persisting market imbalances.
Terrorism acts are evolving into small-scale activities and western democratic societies face "significant limitations" in stopping them, says Levi West, Lecturer, Terrorism and National Security at Charles Sturt University.
Quincy Krosby, Market Strategist at Prudential Financial, says markets have been expecting the Fed to drop the phrase "considerable time" when discussing whether to hike interest rates.
The lone gunman was among the three killed after police stormed a cafe to end the 16-hour siege in Sydney. CNBC's Matthew Taylor reports from Martin Place.
Asian stocks pulled back sharply on Monday, as investors fretted about the relentless slide in energy prices and declining manufacturing sentiment in Japan. Also in focus was a hostage incident in Sydney.
John Woods, MD, Head of Fixed Income & Senior Portfolio Manager at Citi Investment Management, explains why markets are worried about the slump in energy prices.
Japan's ruling coalition secured a landslide win in Sunday's elections but turnout was at a record low. CNBC's Kaori Enjoji has more.
Unless OPEC meets and adheres to new production levels, oil will see more downward pressure in 2015, says Scott Darling, Head of Oil & Gas Research at JPMorgan.
Patrick Bennett, FX Strategist at CIBC, says the recent oil-induced turmoil in financial markets is "nonsense" as the collapse of energy markets will benefit countries.
Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, says Sunday's election results show that Japan's political system has "bought into the narrative of Abenomics."
Armed men have taken several people hostage at a cafe in Martin Place, one of Sydney's main business areas. CNBC's Matthew Taylor has more.
Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman of Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, says the first-quarter outlook for big manufacturers is "too cautious" amid favorable factors like a weak yen and drop in fuel prices.
Benjamin Pedley, Head of Investment Strategy, Asia at HSBC Private Bank, expects little upside for Japan's stocks next year as markets price in a weak yen, lazy balance sheets and softer growth.
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