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Brendan Callan, CEO of FXCM Europe, says there is a disproportionate number of foreign exchange firms in Cyprus, because it's easy to get registered there due to relaxed regulations.
European shares opened mixed on Friday as investors await the latest U.S. jobs data to provide an indication of whether the world's largest economy is recovering.
Ian Harnett, European strategist at Absolute Strategy Research, says investors should not "play the fundamental game" as it is still a risk-on, risk-off market.
Kit Juckes, global head of FX strategy at Societe Generale, tells CNBC austerity is the wrong policy for Europe and that the region is heading towards a "lost decade" for growth.
Fears of a rush for the exits from the U.S. bond market have been greatly exaggerated.
France urged Germany on Thursday to grant it more time to hit its public deficit-cutting target, but denied it was turning into the new "sick man of Europe" even as data pointed to a deepening French downturn.
The war of words is escalating into action since North Korea moved a missile to its east coast. Gen. Barry McCaffrey, U.S. Army (retired), weighs in.
Global central banks are accelerating mostly ineffective policies because they feel they have no choice but to keep trying, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the central bank would keep monetary policy accommodative "for as long as needed".
European shares closed sharply lower on Thursday after comments made by the Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), curbed investor sentiment.
Henk Potts, equity strategist at Barclays, tells CNBC that investors don't have enough risk in their portfolios, so should take advantage of a positive signs coming from the US and Europe.
Louisa Bojesen takes you through the European markets, which closed lower on Thursday.
David Milleker, chief economist at Union Investment, tells CNBC that the ECB have paved the way for a rate cut, but questions whether it would actually have the positive effect they desire.
David Owen, chief European economist at Jefferies International, tells CNBC that Mario Draghi and the ECB must now start trying to "engineer a recovery" in the vein of Bernanke and Kuroda.
Mario Draghi, president of the ECB, explains why Cyprus is not a template for the rest of the euro zone and says he's "sure" Jeroen Dijsselbloem was misunderstood.
Mario Draghi, president of the ECB, explains the constraints the body is working under and why its power is limited.
Strong data from the U.K. services sector in March, coupled with better retail and consumer confidence, may indicate an improving British economy, easing worries that it could enter a triple-dip recession.
James Round, vice president of the LBBW Landesbank Baden, believes Draghi will focus on getting funds to small and medium enterprises by easing up on collateral requirements, or through launching a purchasing scheme.
Simon Ballard, senior credit strategist at the National Australian Bank, tells CNBC that recent history suggests a pull back is due, with equities 'prone for a correction' as markets get complacent.
The Bank of England opted on Thursday not to pump new money into Britain's stagnant economy, despite a new remit that gives it clearer leeway to disregard above-target inflation.
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Jan Dunning, CEO of St Petersburg-headquartered hypermarket chain Lenta, says the situation in Ukraine has had no impact on the group, as consumer confidence remains unaffected in Russia.
Vincent Deluard, European strategist at Ned Davis Research Group, says the strong euro is a problem for the region's companies, especially for the large exporters.
European shares closed higher on Thursday as investors brushed aside concerns regarding Ukraine and focused instead on Wall Street earnings and the latest U.S. jobs data.