Takuji Okubo, Principal & Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, says the trade data indicate a recovery in Japan's domestic demand as well as competitiveness among exporters.» Read More
Catherine Mellor, Director, Asia at U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says Tokyo's offer to reduce protection for its agricultural sectors is an "encouraging sign" for TPP trade negotiations.
Ivor Frischknecht, CEO of Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), says stakeholders will be disappointed at the government's decision to reduce funding in renewable energy.
Paul Krake, Founder, View from the Peak: Macro Strategies, says Sony's fundamental problem is that it does not appeal to youth, which affects its competitiveness with rivals like Apple.
Paul Krake, Founder of View from the Peak: Macro Strategies, says Japan's robust first-quarter growth may stall policy momentum and negatively impact asset prices.
Martin Schulz, Senior Economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, says a "consumption binge" ahead of April's tax hike helped Japan post its fastest growth since 2011 in the first quarter.
Hany Nada, Co-Founder of GGV Capital, discusses the company's $8 million investment in Alibaba in the early 2000's and the popularity of China's tech sector.
A "worrying" inflation figure in Europe should prompt the central bank to ease soon, says Chris Konstantinos, Director of International Portfolio Management at Riverfront Investment Group.
Shih Wing Ching, Co-founder of Centaline Property Agency and Paul Louie, MD, MD, Asia Ex-Japan Property Research at Barclays, agree that the impact from property stamp duty concessions will be limited.
A further slowdown in China is inevitable as the economy undergoes a re-balancing, says Xavier Denis, Economist and Strategist at Societe Generale Private Banking.
Wayne Swan, Former Treasurer of Australia, calls the spending cuts outlined in the budget "savage" as the country is not facing an economic emergency.
Raghuram Selvaraju, Head of Healthcare Equity Research at Aegis Capital, outlines reasons why Pfizer will likely to seize control of U.K rival AstraZeneca.
Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer of Australia, says he opposes key measures in the budget, such as the rolling back of universal healthcare.
CNBC's Matthew Taylor breaks down the key highlights from Australia's federal budget that aims to return the economy to a surplus within a decade.
Mathias Cormann, Finance Minister of Australia, explains why changes to the health space and the debt levy are necessary to put the country back on track to a budget surplus.
Mark Sue, MD & Communications Technology Analyst at RBC Capital Markets, explains why the success of BlackBerry's budget handset in Indonesia is crucial to the company's turnaround plan.
Clive Palmer, Leader of the Palmer United Party, thinks Australia's federal budget is driven by politics and is an "absolutely crazy" move given the country's strong economy.
Robert Amsterdam, Senior Partner of Amsterdam & Partners, says the country's elite is trying to impose a "futile dictatorship" ahead of fresh elections.
To restore its budget to a sustainable surplus, Australia will need to wind back entitlement spending for the next 10 years, says Tony Shepherd, Chair of Australia's National Commission of Audit.
Jonathan Garner, MD & Chief Asia and Emerging Market Equity Strategist at Morgan Stanley, explains his underweight call on Thailand and why he's bullish on India.
Burkhard Varnholt, Chief Investment Officer at Julius Baer, outlines 2 factors that will continue to weigh on long-end bond yields.
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