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Michael Kokalari, Head of Vietnam Research at CIMB, says corruption woes are opportunity costs for investing in Vietnam and later outlines the factors that are working in the economy's favor.
Daniel Wiener, CEO at Adviser Investments, expects the U.S. rate hike to occur in mid-2015, along with three to four 25 basis point increases before the end of the year.
Kathy Fettke, CEO & Founder at Real Wealth Network, says the monthly figures, which fell in November, are "confusing" and adds that US housing starts are expected to double next year.
The crux for Russia is whether oil recovers over the next 6-9 months because if it doesn't, the Russian economy will crater, says Boris Schlossberg, Managing Director at BK Asset Management.
The fact that the Fed didn't emphasize recent events like the plunge in oil prices sent a calming message to markets, says Liz Ann Sonders, Chief Investment Strategist & Senior V.P. at Charles Schwab.
John Park, Northeast Asia Specialist at Harvard Kennedy School, discusses North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's leadership as the country marked the third anniversary of the death of former ruler, Kim Jong-il.
Rebecca Chan, Partner and Head of Hong Kong Capital Markets of KPMG China, expects market sentiment in Hong Kong to remain positive and IPO activities to stay buoyant next year.
Pu Yonghao, Regional CIO for Asia Pacific at UBS Wealth Management, discusses the winners and losers from the crash in oil markets.
Bill Adams, Senior International Economist at PNC, says factors like cheaper oil and a floating exchange rate system put the world economy in a better position to cope with Russia's crisis.
Clover Moore, Mayor of Sydney, tells CNBC's Matthew Taylor that the honoring of hostages killed in the siege is "consoling" and Sydney remains as a "tolerant and inclusive" city after the tragedy.
Herald Van der Linde, Head of Equity Strategy, Asia-Pacific at HSBC, says traders could see a repeat of 2004's bond markets, where a rise in yields was constrained to a period just before and after the first rate hike.
While the Fed is unlikely to change its tightening course, it will keep an eye on oil prices and Russia, says Austan Goolsbee, Economics Professor at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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.
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